UPDATE 2: The National Motorsports Appeals Panel today heard and considered an appeal of an L1 penalty issued on June 7, 2023 to crew chief Dave Elenz, driver Erik Jones and owner Maury Gallagher in the NASCAR Cup Series.
The penalty concerns the following sections of the 2023 NASCAR Rule Book: Section 14.1.C&D Overall Assembled Vehicle Rules and 14.1.2.B Engineering Change Log. The penalties issued were the loss of 60 championship points and 5 Playoff Points to the driver and owner and a $75,000 fine and two race suspension to the crew chief.
Upon hearing the testimony, the decisions of the National Motorsports Appeals Panel are:
- That the Appellant violated the Rule(s) set forth in the Penalty Notice.
- That the Panel affirms and upholds the original Penalty assessed by NASCAR.
In reaching the above decision, the panel provided the following explanation: “The penalty was consistent with previously assessed penalties for similar situations. The rule book is clear that teams are not allowed to modify single-source parts, and therefore the penalty was upheld.”
The Appeals Panel members for this hearing:
- Mr. Chuck Deery
- Mr. Dixon Johnston
- Ms. Cathy Rice
The Appellant has the right to appeal the decision of the National Motorsports Appeals Panel to the National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer in accordance with the NASCAR Rule Book.
— NASCAR —
UPDATE 6-7-2023: LEGACY MOTOR CLUB acknowledges the L1 penalty issued today following the NASCAR R&D center inspection of the No. 43 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 after the race event at World Wide Technology Raceway. The team will observe the two-race suspension for crew chief Dave Elenz as Joey Cohen, VP, Race Operations will serve as the interim crew chief for Erik Jones and the No. 43 team at Sonoma Raceway.
“We have been diligently working with NASCAR regarding the penalty and are working internally to determine the course of action in response,” stated Cohen. “We will announce that decision within the timeframe determined by the NASCAR Rule Book.”
— Legacy Motor Club —
ORIGINAL POST: NASCAR has announced penalties following the race weekend at World Wide Technology Raceway.
In the Cup Series, #43-Erik Jones’ team received an L1 penalty for modifications to the greenhouse.
Crew chief Dave Elenz has been fined $75,000 and suspended from NASCAR through the next two NASCAR Cup Series championship points events. Team and driver have been assessed with the loss of 60 points and 5 NASCAR Playoff points.
In the Truck Series, the #19 team of Christian Eckes revived a lug nut penalty and crew chief Charles Denike was fined $2,500. The #02 team of Chris Hacker received a window net penalty. Crew chief Andrew Abbott was fined $5,000. Team and driver have been assessed with the loss of 25 pointsPenalty sheet_2023_updated_06_07_23