JUSTIN, TX - NASCAR officials have confiscated Winston Cup champion Tony Stewart's new car on Friday and disallowed it from competition in Sunday's Radio Shack 500 at Texas. "I'm not sure we ever have done this," NASCAR president Mike Helton ...
JUSTIN, TX - NASCAR officials have confiscated Winston Cup champion Tony Stewart's new car on Friday and disallowed it from competition in Sunday's Radio Shack 500 at Texas.
"I'm not sure we ever have done this," NASCAR president Mike Helton said.
"The uniqueness of this action comes from a great deal of action by NASCAR, the race teams and moving to the common body locations and the new templates, to eliminate the exoticness of the cars," Helton said. "This is the first case of a car being outside the box that was built for them.
"The effort by John (Darby, Winston Cup director), the teams and the body shops has been a success -- on the race track, in the garage area and from the car owners concerning the economics of the sport, so we have a high level of interest in keeping it in that direction."
Apparently, the No. 20 Gibbs Racing Chevy failed a critical "X-Measurement" test. The test is one of the methods used to determine the car's body placement in relation to the centerline of the chassis.
Jimmy Makar, Gibb's team manager, said the problem could not be corrected at the track, so the back-up car used at Atlanta was pulled out to use for race weekend activities.
The impounded car will be brought to NASCAR research and development center in Concord, NC for further investigations. Helton did not rule out further fine and penalties being levied against Stewart's team.
"We want to understand it more," Helton said. "We feel that taking this car out of their system is quite a reaction. The car they presented to race here is now not an option to them to use. ...That car is ours for right now."