Penske Racing wasn’t alone in the penalty receiving line after last weekend’s NASCAR races. Texas Motor Speedway runner-up Martin Truex Jr. and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Ron Hornaday also fell afoul of the long arm of the law.
Truex was issued a six-point driver and Michael Waltrip Racing a six-point owner point penalty His crew chief Chad Johnston (pictured) was fined $25,000 and placed on probation until June 5.
MWR has decided not to appeal. The team was found in violation of Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4J (any determination by NASCAR officials that the race equipment used in the event does not conform to NASCAR rules); and 20-12.8.1B (the car failed to meet the minimum front car heights during post-race inspection) of the 2013 rule book.
Hornaday, meanwhile, was issued a 25-point penalty and placed on probation until June 12 for wrecking driver Darrell Wallace Jr. under a yellow flag in the NCWTS race at Rockingham Speedway. Kyle Busch performed the same maneuver on Hornaday at Texas in November, 2011. Busch was parked for the remainder of that weekend.
So much of Danica Patrick’s fame can be traced to Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
It’s where she became a household name 13 years ago when she became the first woman to lead the Indianapolis 500 and emerged as a transcendent athlete.
It’s where everything started. This Sunday, it’s where everything will end, too.
In her last warmup before starting the final race of her career, Patrick had a bumpy final practice Friday on Carb Day. She was eighth fastest, but her Dallara-Chevrolet was in the garage most of the session because of an electrical problem in the engine. After returning during the final 10 minutes of the session, Patrick’s No. 13 seemed to be OK.
“At the end of the day, these are things you’re actually glad for, because if this had happened Sunday, we would have been done,” she said. “I’m glad to get the issues out of the way early on. Overall, today felt good. We made some changes when I went out the second time, and I’m feeling good about starting seventh on Sunday.”
Though she has had her share of success – along with a fourth in her debut, there was a third in 2009 and six top 10s in seven starts — Patrick has learned well how to handle frustration at the 2.5-mile track, too.
Fuel mileage might have kept her from winning her debut, a pit collision ruined 2008, and an unstable setup made 2010 a wild ride.
For a review of her up-and-down history at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and her legacy in racing, watch the video essay above that ran during Friday’s NASCAR America Motorsports Special on NBCSN.