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Hinchcliffe, SPM Issued Steep Penalty

By Josh Farmer, IndyCar Reporter

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and driver James Hinchcliffe have been issued a hefty penalty following their second-place finish in last weekend’s Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway.

INDYCAR officials found during post-race inspection of the runner-up No. 5 Arrow Electronics Honda that the domed skid was worn excessively. As a result, SPM has been fined $20,000 as well as 25 driver and entrant points. The penalty drops Hinchcliffe and SPM from eighth to ninth in the standings.

“In our post-race analysis this week it was determined the skid plate on the No. 5 entry was worn and in violation of our rules,” said Jay Frye, INDYCAR president of competition and operations. “This was both a performance advantage and a safety concern, as the domed portion of the skid had been ground down to the point it would have been ineffective.”

The team will have the opportunity to appeal the penalty.

 

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Josh Farmer joined the media center in 2012 after first discovering his love of IndyCar racing in 2004 at Auto Club Speedway. He has been an accredited member of the IndyCar media center since 2014 and also contributes to IndyCar.com along with The Motorsports Tribune.

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