INDIANAPOLIS – Just two laps into Saturday’s Verizon IndyCar Series warm up session, Marco Andretti’s engine in his No. 98 Honda gave way. The team has decided to obviously change engines in his Andretti Autosport entry as smoke was seen coming from the exhaust of his car.
Andretti, was slated to start 14th in Saturday’s INDYCAR Grand Prix (3:30 p.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Radio Network) and was told he could keep the starting position as it was an approved engine swap from the series.
From Honda officials, the engine failure is what is to believe their first of the 2018 season. Andretti’s engine was nearing it’s mileage limit anyways, so this should give him a little more advantage in today’s 85 Lap race. Especially since he gets to keep his starting position.