NASCAR has issued a penalty to team owner Chip Ganassi for breaking the game’s COVID-19 protocols.
According to NASCAR, Ganassi’s penalty was “for bringing into the competition area a non-essential individual that was restricted from the footprint” over the past race weekend at Daytona International Speedway. He was fined $30,000 and, pending any potential attraction, won’t be permitted to attend the upcoming Cup race at Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend.
Ganassi is the team owner of Chip Ganassi Racing, which fields the No. 1 and No. 42 Chevrolet vehicles pushed by Kurt Busch and Ross Chastain, respectively, within the Cup Series.
His team’s vehicles are nonetheless permitted to enter Sunday’s race. The team declined to remark.
In its weekly penalty report, NASCAR declared Ganassi violated Section 12.8.1.b of the NASCAR Rule Book, a subsection of the member conduct tips that features compliance with COVID-19 occasion protocol tips. The rule, listed underneath a piece of member actions that might end in a $10,000-$50,000 high-quality, states:
“Failure to comply with NASCAR’s COVID-19 Event Protocol Guidelines and/or instructions from NASCAR including screenings, social distancing, compartmentalization, and use of required personal protective equipment, etc.”
NASCAR up to date that part of its rule e book two weeks in the past, decreasing the penalty for violation of its COVID-19 occasion procedures. Previously, that very same motion might end in a lack of 25-50 driver and Team Owner Points and/or $50,000-$100,000 high-quality and/or a single race suspension, indefinite suspension, or termination.
NASCAR’s authentic pandemic procedures from final yr allowed 16 people per team inside its footprint on the racetrack. As a part of adjustments to its occasion protocols this yr, NASCAR is permitting one team owner per group, both within the infield or in a collection, and one public relations or “content person” per automobile.
In its penalty report, NASCAR additionally issued two safety-level penalties for lug nut(s) not correctly put in on the No. 2 automobile pushed by Brad Keselowski and the No. 20 automobile pushed by Christopher Bell. Their respective crew chiefs, Jeremy Bullins and Adam Stevens, have every been fined $10,000 for the infraction.