NASCAR penalized the Danica Patrick‘s Stewart-Haas Racing Sprint Cup team Wednesday for infractions that occurred during last weekend’s event at Chicagoland Speedway.
The infractions were discovered during pre-qualifying inspection and are classified as a P2 penalty according to the NASCAR rule book.
According to a NASCAR media release announcing the infractions:
“The right side quarter panel behind the rear wheel/tire was modified during pre-qualifying inspection. Crew chief Daniel Knost has been placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31, 2015. Car chief Pete White has been placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31, 2015.”
Patrick was not assessed any penalties.
The rules violated were:
Section 12.1: Actions detrimental to stock car racing.
Section 20.4.b: Body; All approved OEM-manufactured body components must be used as supplied except as required to stiffen, or to attach to other vehicle components. Tolerances from CAD surfaces and template tolerances are provided to allow for manufacturing, fabrication, and installation variability.
20.4.2: Surface Conformance (a). Coordinate measuring machines, scanning equipment, and templates, among other tools, will be used to inspect body surfaces for conformance to the approved OEM and NASCAR CAD files.