CONCORD, N.C. – Chip Ganassi Racing plans to appeal the penalty issued by NASCAR against Kyle Larson’s No. 42 team following Sunday’s race at Talladega Superspeedway.
Larson and the No. 42 team were hit with an L1-level by NASCAR Wednesday for a violation of section 10.9.9.d of the NASCAR Rule Book, which pertains to the Damaged Vehicle Policy and mechanical repairs to a race car.
That portion of the rule book notes that no matter how damage is received, the race team can only reattach original body parts of the car with fasteners and/or tape.
The No. 42 team reattached parts via metal tabs following a blown tire and subsequent crash during Sunday’s 1000Bulbs.com 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway.
Larson was docked 10 championship driver points, while team owner Chip Ganassi lost 10 championship owner points. In addition, crew chief Chad Johnston was slapped with a $25,000 fine for the violation and car chief David Bryant has been suspended for Sunday’s event at Kansas Speedway.
The penalty dropped Larson from 26 points below the cutoff line to advance to the next round to 36 markers adrift.
“After reviewing the penalty, the rule and the procedure that we used during the race in Talladega, we feel strongly that we did nothing wrong,” the team said in a statement. “Subsequently, we have decided to appeal the penalty. Despite going through the appeal process, we will do everything in our power to keep our team focused on the race this weekend in Kansas and the balance of the season.”
Chip Ganassi Racing’s appeal of the penalty will be heard Friday morning at 8:30 a.m. CT at Kansas Speedway.