NASCAR suspends Denny Hamlin’s crew chief after Indy

Darian Grubb (Getty Images)

Darian Grubb (Getty Images)

NASCAR has suspended Joe Gibbs Racing crew chief Darian Grubb for six races after this weekend’s race at Indy. Grubb is the crew chief for the No. 11 Toyota driven by Denny Hamlin; the team finished third. In post-race inspection NASCAR found unapproved changes to the firewall inside the car. The parts were confiscated and taken to NASCAR’s Research and Development Center.

Tuesday NASCAR announced their findings. Under a new penalty system put in place this year. The infraction is a P5 level penalty which is outlined in Section 12-4.5 A (9) of the 2014 NASCAR rule book:

Approved parts that fail or are improperly installed to fail in their intended use of great importance (e.g.; rear wheel well panels that fail and allow air evacuation in the trunk area; oil box cover that fails and allows air evacuation in the driver compartment; shifter boot cover that fails and allows air evacuation through the floor pan). MORE>>>

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