NASCAR Driver Ryan Newman's Team Loses Appeal Over Tire Tampering
Bad news for NASCAR driver Ryan Newman and Richard Childress Racing: while their penalties for tampering with their tires has been reduced slightly, the National Motorsports Appeals Panel upheld those penalties. Newman's #31 car was caught with a slow leak in its tires at Auto Club Speedway.
According to NASCAR, the team prepared an extensive appeal of the allegations that they had made cheaty modifications to their tires. The team brought in at least two of the series' Goodyear tires as well as large poster boards and thick folders of paperwork to support their argument for innocence. Ultimately, however, it did not work.
The driver and owner's points penalties have been reduced from a 75 point hit to only a 50 point hit, and crew chief Luke Lambert's fine was reduced from $125,000 to $75,000. According to ESPN reporter Bob Pockrass, these penalties were reduced because some of the amounts were technically for post-race violations, and the tires that were found to be in violation were taken from the middle of the race.
The six-race suspension will now go into effect, and after that, the team members affected will be on probation until December 31.
The team has one more appeal they can make to National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer Bryan Moss. The team has not decided whether they will pursue that at this time or not.
This article originally appeared on Jalopnik.