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NASCAR Issues JGR Penalties

| , RacinToday.com Tuesday, June 21 2011

Denny Hamlin and his Joe Gibbs Racing teammates will not lose points for showing up at Michigan with cars containing unapproved oil pans. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Christa L Thomas)

NASCAR issued penalties to Joe Gibbs Racing on Tuesday for use of unapproved parts at Michigan International Speedway last weekend.

The penalties included fines and probation to crew chiefs and car chiefs for all three JGR teams, but no reductions of owner or driver points.

A statement issued by NASCAR read:

“All three of the Joe Gibbs Racing cars were found to be in violation of Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4-J (any determination by NASCAR officials that the race equipment used in an event does not conform to NASCAR rules detailed in Section 20 of the NASCAR rule book, or has not been approved by NASCAR prior to the event); and 20-5.5.4A (oil pan, failure to submit component) of the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rule Book.

As a result, the three crew chiefs – Mike Ford (No. 11 car), Dave Rogers (No. 18 car) and Greg Zipadelli (No. 20 car) – have been fined $50,000 each and placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31. In addition, all three car chiefs – Chris Gillin (No. 11 car), Wesley Sherrill (No. 18 car) and Jason Shapiro (No. 20 car) along with Senior Vice President of Racing Operations Jimmy Makar have been placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31.”

The parts in question were oil pans. The pans were found not to be illegal but, as the statement said, had not been approved for use.

The oil pans were found on the cars of drivers Kyle Busch, Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin.

Hamlin, with an approved oil pan on his car, won the race. Busch finished third.

In a statement, JGR had the following reaction: “We received NASCAR’s ruling today with regard to penalties for having oil pans on our cars that had not been submitted for approval prior to going through inspection on Friday. Although the parts were not illegal, we did not follow the proper submission for approval process. We will not appeal NASCAR’s ruling.”

| , RacinToday.com Tuesday, June 21 2011
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