Updated: Jimmie Johnson’s car fails pre-qualifying inspection for being 1/10,000th of an inch too wide

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UPDATE No. 2: Chad Knaus and the rest of the No. 48 crew have fixed the width and side skirt issues, as well as the light weight issue, but Jimmie Johnson could do no better than 14th on the speed charts for Daytona 500 qualifying.

UPDATE No. 1: Chad Knaus and the crew have fixed the width and the side skirt issues, but in the process of removing spacers, wound up 1.5 pounds light, according to Fox Sports. They’re now working on that issue.

When it comes to enforcing its tighter rules, NASCAR made it very clear in Sunday’s qualifying for the front row of the Daytona 500 that it won’t give anyone a break — not even defending Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson.

According to Fox Sports, Johnson’s No. 48 Chevrolet failed pre-qualifying tech inspection when it was found to be 1/10,000th of an inch too wide and the side skirts were less than 1/64th of an inch too long.

The car was sent back to the garage area for crew chief Chad Knaus and the rest of the team to reign in the out of tolerance numbers. The width issue should be taken care of fairly easily by simply taking one or two spacers off the wheel hub — essentially a washer or two.

Check back here on NBC Sports’ MotorSportsTalk with more updates on Johnson’s situation as qualifying continues.

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Al Unser Jr. back in IndyCar after a decade away: ‘Life is very good’

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There’s been somewhat of a hole in Al Unser Jr.’s heart ever since he retired from racing in 2007.

It was a void, something was missing.

But now, after a decade away from racing, Unser has found the right medicine to fill that hole in his heart: he’s back in the racing game again.

No, he’s not driving again (although he does participate occasionally in vintage races), but the two-time Indianapolis 500 (1992 and 1994) winner is definitely back in the IndyCar world.

And he couldn’t be happier.

“For me, it’s a dream come true,” Unser told IndyCar.com. “Since I stepped out of the race car and retired from racing, there’s been something missing from my life, and it’s racing.”

Unser has hooked up with Harding Racing. The team competed in three races last season as a ramp-up for a full 17-race effort this season. While Unser’s official title with the team is “consultant,” he’s involved in so much more.

His main role is as a driving coach to 2015 IndyCar Rookie of the Year Gabby Chaves. But he’s also involved in so many other areas, including helping the team obtain sponsorships and much more.

He then added, “I’m involved in every sense of the word except actually driving the car. And I’m happy about that because I’m too old to drive the car.”

Unser, who won CART championships in 1990 and 1994, is now 55. He’s so involved with his new job that he even moved from his native New Mexico and has relocated to suburban Indianapolis.

Not only is it a new start for Unser, it also is for Chaves. After running all 16 races in 2015 for Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian, he competed in just seven races for Dale Coyne Racing in 2016 and only three races for Harding Racing last season.

But he definitely impressed the team, with a fifth- (Texas) and ninth-place (Indianapolis 500) finish in the first two races and 15th (Pocono) in the team’s final run of the season.

That’s why when Harding Racing decided to go fulltime in 2018, Chaves was their pick for behind the wheel. And Unser was their pick to help guide him to potential stardom in the series.

“(Team owner) Mike Harding is definitely a person that when he decides to do something, he does it right,” Unser told IndyCar.com. “The potential for this organization is through the sky. We’re all working really hard here and we see the potential.”

And as for Unser?

“Life is good, life is very good,” he told IndyCar.com. “We’re back full force, eager and better than ever.”

Click here for the full story about Unser from IndyCar.com.