NASCAR has handed down penalties for Joe Gibbs Racing’s illegal oil pans discovered during opening day inspection last weekend at Michigan International Speedway.
The oil pans were not submitted to NASCAR for prior approval, which was one of the infractions cited in the press release announcing the penalties.
NASCAR confiscated the oil pans off of the No. 11, No. 18 and No. 20 teams before the opening practice sessions last weekend and followed up today with a $50,000 fine to the crews of the teams: Mike Ford (11), Dave Rogers (18), and Greg Zipadelli (20). All three crew chiefs, as well as the car chiefs of the cars (Chris Gillin-11, Wesley Sherrill-18 and Jason Shapiro-20) and Jimmy Makar, the senior vice president of racing operations at Joe Gibbs Racing, were placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31.