Penske Racing had seven of its members suspended by NASCAR on Wednesday for bringing unapproved parts to Texas Motor Speedway this past Saturday.
Brad Keselowski had four team members suspended for six races while Joey Logano’s team had three of its own suspended as well for six races. Both drivers were penalized 25 points each.
NASCAR suspended Keselowski crew chief Paul Wolfe for six races plus the All-Star race and fined him $100,000. Logano’s crew chief Todd Gordon received the same $100,000 fine and race suspension.
According to NASCAR, both Penske cars were found to be in violation of rule book sections 12-1, 12-4J and 20-12, which mandate that all suspension systems and components must be approved by NASCAR.
Penske Racing released a statement saying “Penske Racing received communication today from NASCAR regarding penalties they have issued against the No. 2 and No. 22 teams. Penske Racing will appeal utilizing the appropriate NASCAR process. We have no further comment at this time.”
Appealing the penalties will allow the suspended crew members to work at the track while the appeals are being heard. The point penalties go into effect immediately.
NASCAR also on Wednesday penalized Martin Truex Jr., for having a front end that was too low. He and owner Michael Waltrip were each docked six points and crew chief Chad Johnston was fined $25,000