JGR decides against appeal, No. 11 penalties stand

JGR has changed their plans after originally planning to appeal their Brickyard 400 penalties.

Joe Gibbs Racing has rescinded their original decision to appeal the harsh penalties handed down to the No. 11 team following Denny Hamlin's third place finish in the Brickyard 400.

The punishment includes a six week suspension for crew chief Darian Grubb and car chief Wesley Sherrill, a $125,000 fine, and a 75 point reduction of both driver and owner points. JGR spokesman Chris Helein confirmed the change of plans Thursday as the team prepares for the second road course race of the year at Watkins Glen.

Mike Wheeler (interim crew chief) and Chris Gillin (interim car chief) have filled their roles while Grubb and Sherrill serve their suspension, which forbids them from being on the grounds of the race track.

The penalties came about in post-race inspection when officials discovered that the block-off plates at the back of the car were unsealed. That could provide more downforce and is also a safety concern, seeing that such an opening could potentially allow fire and flammable fluids to enter the cockpit.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Denny Hamlin
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing
Article type Breaking news