On Monday, Chad Knaus, crew chief of Jimmie Johnson’s No. 48 Chevrolet, detailed the team’s inspection trouble before Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway.
The car failed to pass prerace inspection three times before it was allowed on the starting grid for the Axalta We Paint Winners 400.
“We did our due diligence as extreme as we can,” Knaus said on Fox’s NASCAR Race Hub. “We went through the first time and weren’t in compliance. Went through a second and failed again. It’s just about guys making the most out of every advantage that we can.”
Johnson finished third after battling back from a blown tire halfway through the race.
The team’s inspection failures occurred while it prepared for a Tuesday appeal hearing of a P1 penalty from NASCAR after receiving written warnings in consecutive events — the Sprint All-Star Race and Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
“We’re just going to go through this thing and see what happens,” Knaus said. “I appreciate NASCAR letting us show our faces out there and hear what we have to say.”