Originally posted on Indy Racing Revolution  |  Last updated 4/15/12
Ryan Briscoe leads the Chevrolets as they look to overcome engine penalties today in Long Beach (3:30 pm ET, NBCSN)

[youtube]K5LlRFsfIVs[/youtube]

From the outside, it would appear that the 11 Chevrolet drivers have been handed INDYCAR's version of Mission: Impossible -- the difference being that they have no choice but to accept it.

After James Hinchcliffe's engine failure in a test session earlier this week, Chevy made the call to have all of its engines for today's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (3:30 pm ET on NBC Sports Network) changed. Per INDYCAR rules, these were all unapproved due to the fact that they hadn't reached the minimum mileage of 1,850 miles and thus incurred a 10-spot penalty on the starting grid for all the Chevy drivers in today's race.

For them, yesterday's battle for the pole was instead a battle for 11th on the grid. One of their own, Team Penske's Ryan Briscoe, did win the pole and the championship point that goes with it, but he now has to lead the rest of his Chevy compatriots out of the pack.

"We just have to go with it," said Briscoe, who made up 10 spots to finish second last year at the Beach. "You've got to trust Chevrolet's judgment in this position, and you know, the important thing is we know we have got fast cars. It is tough trying to pass, but the first thing is having the fast car and the only fact, the decision is made to make sure that we have reliable engines.

"So, you know, I 100% support them in it, and we are doing the best of a situation. We just have to see what we can make of it tomorrow in the race."

The good news for Chevrolet is that they've clearly maintained their early power advantage over rival Honda this weekend despite the penalties. Five of six competitors in yesterday's Firestone Fast Six were powered by Chevrolet (Briscoe, Will Power, Ryan Hunter-Reay, E.J. Viso and James Hinchcliffe), outnumbering the sole Honda of Dario Franchitti.

Fresh engines certainly help the cause, but a decent amount of strategy will likely be needed to make up the distance to the front -- which will be occupied at the start by a pair of Honda-powered drivers in Franchitti (who was fourth in the Fast Six) and rookie Josef Newgarden (who qualified seventh in the second round) due to the penalties.

"We'll have to look at if it's going to be two‑stop or three‑stop," Briscoe said. "...That might affect how aggressive people run or how much people might want to save fuel at times. I think it will depend a lot on when the cautions fall.

"There are a lot of things that could happen [Sunday]. You know, pits remaining open. There are a lot of unknowns, but I think the important thing is you're going to want a fast car. I think as tires go off, you can pass around this place. It's tough, though. It's tough. You just need to be consistent and have good pit stops."

Briscoe's teammate, Will Power, got both of those things as he went from ninth to the win in the previous race two weeks ago at Barber Motorsports Park -- a feat that also appeared impossible going in at the tight Alabama road course.

Power will look to start 12th unofficially today after placing second in the Fast Six session and his aim is to come away with as many championship points as he can, which is likely the aim for the rest of the Bowtie Brigade.

"It's days like [Sunday] that will be really important for the championship, and you know, just to get as many points as possible and not end up not finishing," said Power, who sits third in the standings, nine points behind leader and Chevy-powered driver Helio Castroneves. "Just got to focus hard on strategy and get the most out of the race."

---

Quotes used in this article were taken from yesterday's post-qualifying press conference.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

When will it be OK to worry about Clayton Kershaw?

LeBron James wanted Cavs to trade Kyrie Irving for Chris Paul after 2016 title?

Ivy League-educated ex-NFL player questions recent CTE study

Timberwolves seriously exploring Kyrie Irving trade

Is there really such a thing as a Cubs World Series baby boom?

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Some coaches expect Tom Brady to 'dramatically age’

Cavs reportedly wanted to sign Rose before Irving trade request

Report: Whitehead changed his story to Cowboys multiple times

Report: Novak Djokovic could miss rest of season with elbow injury

Reggie Jackson praises, urges caution with Aaron Judge

Panthers QB Cam Newton shows up to camp in best shape of career

The 'Cooperstown: The New Class' quiz

For the revitalized Pirates, trade deadline has newfound meaning

Every MLB team's best and worst deadline trade from the last 25 years

The 'Kyrie revolts against the King' quiz

The most memorable moments from the class of 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame inductees

BIG3 Ref Hotline Bling: James White slams the phone down

Box Score 7/25: The pressure of the trade deadline is here

The 'When George Brett went completely batty' quiz

Finding the possible Achilles' heel for baseball’s best teams

Getaway Day: A pair of aces get lost in the shuffle

Sports & Politics Intersect: Trump casts shadow over U.S. Women's Open

Best of Yardbarker: General managers take the spotlight

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

For the revitalized Pirates, trade deadline has newfound meaning

The 'Cooperstown: The New Class' quiz

The 'Kyrie revolts against the King' quiz

BIG3 Ref Hotline Bling: James White slams the phone down

The 'When George Brett went completely batty' quiz

Finding the possible Achilles' heel for baseball’s best teams

Getaway Day: A pair of aces get lost in the shuffle

Sports & Politics Intersect: Trump casts shadow over U.S. Women's Open

The National League Wild Card is suddenly relevant again

The 'Pay that man his money' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker