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Officials: No Turbocharger Boost For Lotus Engines

Last updated on Wednesday, May 23, 2012

(INDIANAPOLIS) - IZOD IndyCar Series officials say there will be no additional turbocharger boost for the two drivers using Lotus engines in this Sunday’s Indianapolis 500.

IndyCar Vice President of Technology Will Phillips says that series officials feel keeping all engines at the same boost level is best from both a competition and a safety standpoint.

The speed discrepancy between the Lotus engines and those of Chevrolet and Honda have been a concern all month at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The two Lotus-powered cars in the field are driven by Simona De Silvestro and rookie Jean Alesi and will start 32nd and 33rd Sunday. Alesi's qualifying speed of 210.094 miles per hour is more than 16 miles an hour slower than Ryan Briscoe's pole speed.

IndyCar Series Race Director Beaux Barfield will be keeping a close eye on De Silvestro and Alesi, making sure they can maintain a competitive pace or risk being removed from the race.

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