On the opening day of inspection (Feb. 17) at Daytona International Speedway, the Hendrick Motorsport No. 48 Chevrolet was found in violation of the NASCAR Sprint Car Series regulations covering the aerodynamic performance of the car. Today, the sanctioning body of the series, NASCAR handed down the penalties.
Jimmie Johnson’s crew chief Chad Knaus and car chief Ron Malec have both received a six race suspension, plus placed on probation until May 9th. Knaus was also fined $100,000. On top of the suspension of two key players the No. 48 driver, Johnson and his team owner, Jeff Gordon had 25 points taken away each of them as driver and owner, respectively.
The team’s press release stated, “Our organization respects NASCAR and the way the sanctioning body governs our sport," said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. "In this case, though, the system broke down, and we will voice our concerns through the appeal process."