Rahal, Newgarden fail post-qualifying inspection

Both Graham Rahal and Josef Newgarden will start Saturday’s Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indy from the back of the grid as a result of having their times deleted from qualifying after failing technical inspections after the session.

Both the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver and the Ed Carpenter Racing driver had qualified inside the top six during Friday’s qualifying session, but now will start right at the back of the twenty-five car field.

Both Rahal and Newgarden’s cars were found to be under the minimum weight set out in the IndyCar regulations for road/street and short ovals.

“According to the rule, a car must weigh a minimum of 1,610 pounds on road/street courses and short ovals, inclusive of all lubricants, coolants and camera or dummy camera housings,” said a statement from IndyCar officials.

“Both cars had their qualifying times from today voided and will start from the rear of the field in Saturday’s race based on entrant points entering the event. The No. 15 car will start 24th and the No. 21 car will start 25th.”

Their demotion sees James Hinchcliffe move up into the third position on the grid for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, while Jack Hawksworth will now start fourth for AJ Foyt Racing.

Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud and Chip Ganassi Racing’s Charlie Kimball will share the front row.