The term “Flapgate” will never have the chance to take off.
NASCAR ruled Wednesday that the 31 teams found to have had noncompliant roof flap spacers at Daytona International Speedway will not be penalized following what it deemed a “thorough review.”
Sixteen Sprint Cup and 15 Nationwide Series teams had their spacers confiscated last Thursday.
“We examined this from every aspect we possibly could and determined that there would be no penalties involved,” Robin Pemberton, NASCAR’s vice president of competition, told NASCAR.com. “Based upon our inspection and subsequent review, it was our determination that the functionality and safety aspects of the roof flaps were not compromised and the on track competition would not be impacted.”
A litany of potential puns based on the “31 flavors of penalties” – one of which was suggested this morning by the brilliant NASCAR and IndyCar satirist known only as @nascarcasm, below – will now be averted as a result.
Holmatro, a long-time partner of INDYCAR and title sponsor of the Holmatro Safety Team, have renewed a long-standing partnership that will see Holmatro and INDYCAR continue their partnership in a five-year contract extension.
“Holmatro has been a trusted partner and supplier in Indy car racing for more than 20 years,” said president of competition and operations Jay Frye. “Holmatro’s growth parallels some of the great strides made in safety for INDYCAR drivers and teams. We’re pleased to see this partnership continue, as it is a great benefit to everyone in the paddock.”
Holmatro’s relationship with INDYCAR dates back to 1991, when they first supplied tools to the safety team of the CART sanctioned PPG IndyCar World Series. Holmatro branding will continue to be featured on the firesuits, vehicles, and transporters of INDYCAR’s safety team throughout the agreement.
“Holmatro is extremely pleased to extend our partnership with INDYCAR for another five years,” said Tony Barboza, general manager for Holmatro. “We’re extremely proud to be affiliated with the premier on-track safety team in the world. Members of the safety team serve on their home fire departments when not at INDYCAR events and, like them, we believe in constant improvement and innovation. When the race is for life, you can count on the INDYCAR Safety Team and Holmatro rescue tools.”