Team Penske opts for fresh, updated engine on Power’s car
Despite qualifying 7th today at Edmonton, Will Power will have to absorb a 10-spot grid penalty for tomorrow’s IZOD IndyCar Series race.
Penske Racing president Tim Cindric, who calls Power’s races, made the announcement just minutes ago on his Twitter account (@TimCindric).
“Taking 10 grid penalty with @12WillPower 2 get latest spec.With 9 and 28 taking penaties,we don’t give up much.Just need a good start + luck,” tweeted Cindric, who also referred to Ryan Hunter-Reay and Scott Dixon’s own 10-spot penalties for unapproved engine changes.
Power enters tomorrow’s race 35 points behind Hunter-Reay in the standings after the latter qualified on the pole Saturday and earned a championship point for it. But thanks to their penalties, Hunter-Reay will start 11th and Power will start 17th in the 75-lap main event (Tomorrow, 2 pm ET, NBC Sports Network).
Dario Franchitti will move into the pole position thanks to Hunter-Reay’s penalty. As for Dixon, who sits fourth in the title race, he qualified 8th but will start 18th on Sunday due to his own penalty (caused by going to his sixth engine of the year after losing No. 5 at Toronto two weeks ago).