Chevrolet dominated the IndyCar season opener in St. Petersburg late last month, but they won’t be able to enjoy the points they received. According to Motorsport, Chevy has been stripped of 220 points for an engine infraction, pushing Honda into the lead early on in the season.
IndyCar said 11 of the 12 Chevrolet-powered cars had to be repaired after the race. As per the rules, 20 points will be deducted for every repair that requires a component change. They were penalized a total of 220 points but had only earned 168 in the race at St. Pete, giving Honda a 162-point advantage.
Chevrolet-powered IndyCars occupied the top six position in St. Pete, with Ryan Hunter Reay the top Honda driver in seventh. The top three spots went to Juan Pablo Montoya, Will Power and Tony Kanaan.