NASCAR issues written warnings to teams of Ryan Newman, Casey Mears after Indianapolis

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NASCAR issued written warnings to two teams this week for multiple inspection failures last weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The No. 31 Chevrolet of Ryan Newman was warned for failing prerace inspection twice. The No. 13 Chevy of Casey Mears was warned for failing prequalifying inspection twice. Both will be docked 15 minutes of practice time Friday at Pocono Raceway.

The Sprint Cup Rule Book states in section 12.5.3.1.c that if the same team receives two warnings during two consecutive events – whether a points event or not – then the team faces a P1 penalty that could include one or more of the following: Deduction of practice time, deduction of qualifying time, last choice in selecting pits, delay in order of inspection and/or other penalties.

NASCAR has emphasized teams getting through inspection without needing too many attempts. Teams were warned in April about formalized penalties for failing to pass inspection.

There were four teams (Paul Menard, Clint Bowyer, Denny Hamlin and Ryan Blaney) that received warnings after the previous race at New Hampshire but avoided a warning in consecutive events.