Penalties Levied Against No. 17 Team Following Homestead

Penalties Levied Against No. 17 Team Following Homestead

by November 21, 2014 0 comments

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HOMESTEAD, Fla. — An inspection of confiscated parts from the rear suspension of Roush-Fenway Racing’s No. 17 Ford at Homestead-Miami Speedway has resulted in penalties being issues against the team.

NASCAR announced on Thursday afternoon that Roush-Fenway Racing’s No. 17 team will be assessed a P3 penalty. A P3 penalty is described as follows in section 12-4.3 of the NASCAR rulebook…

Violations resulting in P3 penalties tend to fall between serious and intermediate in nature. While they might include general “categories” of infractions similar to those in P4 (e.g. unauthorized parts; failing to meet specs; etc.), they tend to pertain more to secondary componentry or systems; modifications of lessor significance; go/no-go measurement failures of an intermediate nature.

NASCAR officials confiscated parts of Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s rear suspension prior to qualifying for the Ford EcoBoost 400 after an issue with the suspension was discovered during tech inspection.

Roush-Fenway Racing’s No. 17 team, the 27th-place finisher in the owners’ standings, was found in violation of sections 12-1 and 20-12 of the NASCAR rulebook, which states as follows…

Section 12-1: Actions detrimental to stock car racing;

Section 20-12 – Suspension: All front end and rear suspension mounts and mounting hardware must not allow movement or realignment of any suspension/drive line component beyond normal rotation or suspension/drive line travel.

The No. 17 team will not be docked any points as a result of this penalty. Crew chief Mike Kelley and car chief Patrick McGee have both been placed on probation with their respective probation periods beginning on January 1st, 2015, and lasting through June 30th, 2015. Kelley was also assessed a $50,000 fine by NASCAR.

Kyle Pokrefky
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