Chip Ganassi fined, race suspended for COVID-19 violation

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NASCAR officials on Monday issued a one-race suspension to team owner Chip Ganassi for violating protocols for the COVID-19 event last weekend at Daytona International Speedway.

Ganassi violated Section 12.8.1.b of the NASCAR Rule Book, a subsection of the member conduct guidelines that includes compliance with COVID-19 event procedures. Officials said Ganassi’s sanction was “for bringing into the competition area a nonessential individual who was restricted from footprint.

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Ganassi was also fined $ 30,000. Pending any possible appeal, he is excluded from this weekend’s NASCAR Cup event at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Chip Ganassi Racing can still submit its two entries, the No. 1 Chevrolet for driver Kurt Busch and the No. 42 Chevy for Ross Chastain, in Sunday’s event.

Additionally, two Cup Series crew chiefs were fined $ 10,000 after their cars were found with an unsecured lug nut each in a post-race check on Sunday night at the Daytona Road Course. Those penalized were Christopher Bell’s No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota crew chief Adam Stevens and fifth-place crew chief Jeremy Bullins Brad Keselowski of the No. 2 Penske Ford team.

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