Scott Dixon and Will Power have both been hit with grid penalties ahead of this weekend's Milwaukee IndyFest

Should the Antipodean racers feel paranoid or are IndyCar series organisers trying to breathe more life into the championship?

Neither, it would seem. But that doesn’t change the fact that this year’s points leaders, Will Power and Scott Dixon, have both been hit with ten-place grid penalties for this weekend’s Milwaukee IndyFest round of the championship after being forced to undergo unscheduled engine changes ahead of the event.

The changes have come about after the pair – who respectively head the current championship standings with 256 and 220 points apiece – blew their engines during a free test session at the Iowa Speedway ahead of this weekend’s race, the third oval race of the season.

Neither Team Penske’s Power or Chip Ganassi Racing’s Dixon – who respectively use Chevrolet and Honda units – had reached the minimum engine mileage requirements on their current V6 turbo engines, forcing series officials to issue the grid penalties to both drivers.

The pair joins the Honda-powered duo of Josef Newgarden (Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing) and Takuma Sato (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing) in being hit with grid penalties for the race on Milwaukee’s one-mile oval.

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