Penske penalties upheld by NASCAR; team plans final appeal

Robert Laberge

NASCAR upheld the sanctions imposed on Penske Racing for unapproved suspension parts found on the cars of Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano.

NASCAR unanimously upheld the massive sanctions levied against the Penske Racing teams of Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano Wednesday.

The three-member panel heard Penske's appeal stemming from infractions found on the No. 2 (Keselowski) and No. 22 (Joey Logano) cars April 13 at Texas Motor Speedway. During pre-race inspection officials determined the rear suspensions on the two cars were not in accordance to the NASCAR rule book and the parts and pieces had not been submitted for approval.

Among the penalties assessed by NASCAR April 17 included six race suspensions for the crew chiefs, car chiefs and lead engineer on the 2 and 22 teams in addition to Penske's competition director. Crew chiefs Paul Wolfe and Todd Gordon were also fined $100,000.

"Obviously a disappointing outcome with the panel," Penske said. "It was a good process. We have a good case. All I can say about the process is it's fair and equitable. We had an opportunity to explain our case and situation in detail. We will obviously move onto the next step."

The next step is a final appeal to John Middlebrook, NASCAR's Chief Appellate Officer.

It was Middlebrook who last year in a surprising ruling, overturned the six-week suspension imposed to crew chief Chad Knaus for an infraction found on Jimmie Johnson's car prior to the Daytona 500.

Penske and NASCAR will present their case to Middlebrook Tuesday, May 7.

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