NASCAR’s Chief Appellate Officer, John Middlebrook, reduced the penalties levied against Penske Racing for violations at the Texas Motor Speedway.
What had been a six-race suspension for crew chiefs Paul Wolfe (Brad Keselowski) and Todd Gordon (Joey Logano), and three other crewmembers, has now been dropped to two points races. Points penalties and fines remained in place.
The races they all now miss are this weekend in Darlington, and the following two weeks in Charlotte for the non-points Sprint All-Star Race and Coca-Cola 600 on Memorial Day weekend.
Middlebrook last made a ruling to reduce penalties issued to Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports after last year’s Daytona 500. This ruling came after an initial appeal by Penske to NASCAR was upheld.
Saturday’s Punta del Este ePrix did not disappoint, with Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne and Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler’s Lucas di Grassi engaging in a thrilling battle throughout the entire race.
Vergne led the way from the pole, having been promoted up the grid after original pole sitter di Grassi was ruled to have cut a chicane during his pole lap, but di Grassi was right on the back wing of Vergne the entire way and made several attempts to get by.
The intense battle between the two, which saw them nearly lock Vergne’s rear wing with di Grassi’s front nose, stayed remarkably clean for the most part, and Vergne was able to hold off all of di Grassi’s advances, a few of which can be viewed below, to take the win.
DS Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird was also on the charge, the British driver coming from ninth on the grid to take third.
Full race results can be viewed here. The victory sees Vergne extend his points lead over Mahindra Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist, who finished fifth, to 30 points, with Vergne on 109 markers and Rosenqvist on 79.
Bird sits third with 76 points, respectively.