NASCAR Hands Down Severe Penalties
Published on July 30 2014 2:55 am
Last Updated on July 30 2014 2:55 am
Written by Millie Lange
NASCAR handed down severe penalties to Denny Hamlin's No. 11 team in the Sprint Cup Series on Tuesday after his Joe Gibbs Racing car failed post-race inspection this past Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Hamlin's crew chief, Darian Grubb, and car chief, Wesley Sherrill, have both been suspended for the next six Sprint Cup races.
The two JGR members will also be on probation for the next six months. Grubb has been fined $75,000 plus an additional $50,000 post-race fine for a total of $125,000. Furthermore, Hamlin received a loss of 75 points in the driver's championship standings, and J.D. Gibbs was docked 75 points in car owner points.
Following his third-place finish in the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis, NASCAR officials found issues with the rear firewall block-off plates on Hamlin's No. 11 Toyota. Those parts in question were confiscated and taken to NASCAR's Research and Development Center in Concord, North Carolina for further evaluation.
NASCAR determined the parts were illegal and said in a news release the rules infraction by the No. 11 team at Indianapolis was a P5 level penalty.