JGR Will Not Appeal Penalties
By: Dustin Long - @dustinlong on August 7, 2014 | 5:34 P.M. EST
Joe Gibbs Racing confirmed Thursday it will not appeal penalites to Denny Hamlin and his team from the Brickyard 400. (Photo: Getty Images)
Joe Gibbs Racing confirmed Thursday that it will not appeal the penalties to Denny Hamlin, crew chief Darian Grubb and the No. 11 Sprint Cup team for infractions discovered after the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
NASCAR docked Hamlin 75 points, suspended crew chief Darian Grubb six races, fined him $125,000 and placed him on probation for the next six months. NASCAR also suspended car chief Wesley Sherrill six races and placed him on probation for six months. J.D. Gibbs lost 75 car owner points.
Grubb and Sherrill both began serving their suspensions last week and will be able to return to the track at Chicagoland Speedway for the start of the Chase.
Jimmy Makar, vice president of racing operations at Joe Gibbs Racing, explained to “SiriusXM Speedway” why the team decided not to appeal the penalties after previously issuing a statement it planned to do so.
“We had made a mistake, it wasn’t a purposeful mistake, obviously,’’ Makar said on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. “There was no reason to go ahead and (appeal).’’
NASCAR announced after after the race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway that it had issues with “several rear firewall block-off plates” on Hamlin’s third-place car and that the pieces would be taken to the Research and Development Center.
NASCAR announced a couple of days later that Hamlin’s car “violated numerous sections of the rule book,’’ including sections related to any device or ductwork that permits air to pass from one area of the interior of the car to another or to the outside of the car. The team also a violated a section about sealing of interior sheet metal parts and a section on all firewalls being secured in place. The penalties were a P5 level, the next-to-highest level for infractions.