NASCAR has announced that it had denied Roush Racing's appeal and the 25-point penalty for an illegal spring would stand. Roush Racing President Geoff Smith reacted to the ruling immediately. GEOFF SMITH, President, Roush Racing: WHAT IS...
NASCAR has announced that it had denied Roush Racing's appeal and the 25-point penalty for an illegal spring would stand. Roush Racing President Geoff Smith reacted to the ruling immediately.
GEOFF SMITH, President, Roush Racing:
WHAT IS YOUR REACTION?
"You have to have a certain degree of expectation in order to have a certain degree of disappointment. We didn't have a high degree of expectation, so we have a low degree of disappointment that any result was gonna be any different. We've made it clear all along that we thought our odds of any success were gonna be negligible."
WILL YOU APPEAL TO THE COMMISSIONER?
"No, we're all done. You can only play Don Quixote and Sancho Panza for so long before you have to wrap it up. I think the clear point of what has occurred here is that the score of the contest can be altered even though there has been no performance gained on the playing field. Apparently from the outcome of this result it's really fair warning to all of the race teams that no performance will take away the same amount of points as a performance-enhancing illegal part."
HOW DO YOU FEEL THE HEARING WENT THIS MORNING?
"It has none of the trappings of hearings that I'm accustomed to. It was conducted by three gentlemen in a private room talking to each person separately, so there's really no way for us to get a very good picture of what the dialogue was on an overall basis."
SO YOU COULDN'T REALLY CROSS-EXAMINE ANYONE?
"It's so hard in this kind of environment to know what the people are there to try to do. We don't really think there was any disagreement over the proposition that this spring carried with it absolutely no performance enhancement whatsoever. I think it was more about whether or not we want to be able to impose point penalties regardless, and that is to me what the outcome was."
ARE YOU DISAPPOINTED AND DID THEY SAY ANYTHING THAT'S NOT IN THE STATEMENT?
"No, I think that their statement speaks for itself and those are all the words that went with it. Like I said, I have a hard time being disappointed without having expectations. When I woke up this morning I was pretty sure that the oceans wouldn't boil and pigs wouldn't fly and that NASCAR wouldn't change its mind and that all got corroborated today."