DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 29, 2012) – NASCAR has issued penalties, suspensions and fines to the No. 48 team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, as a result of rules infractions found on Feb. 17 during opening day inspection for the Daytona 500.
The No. 48 car was found to be in violation of Sections 12-1 (actions
detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4J (any determination by NASCAR
officials that race equipment used in the event does not conform to
NASCAR rules detailed in Section 20 of the rule book or has not been
approved by NASCAR prior to the event); and 20-2.1E (if in the judgment
of NASCAR officials, any part or component of the car not previously
approved by NASCAR that has been installed or modified to enhance
aerodynamic performance will not be permitted – unapproved car body
As a result, crew chief Chad Knaus and car chief Ron Malec have been
suspended from the next six (6) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship
events, suspended from NASCAR until April 18 and placed on NASCAR
probation until May 9. Additionally, Knaus has been fined $100,000.
Driver Jimmie Johnson and car owner Jeff Gordon have been penalized
with the loss of 25 driver and 25 owner points, respectively.
Source: NASCAR, Press Release
Hendrick Motorsports Statement Regarding Suspensions