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Monday, November 12, 2012
Statement From Robin Pemberton, NASCAR Vice President of Competition, On Today’s Penalties
Statement from Robin Pemberton, NASCAR Vice President of Competition:
“Following a thorough analysis of the actions that took place during Sunday’s race at Phoenix International Raceway, we have issued penalties based upon our review. The decisions announced today cover NASCAR’s full assessment of penalties for the incidents that occurred.
“There’s no doubt that a unique set of circumstances combined with a championship battle on the line resulted in raw emotions coming into play. We consider the penalties appropriate and those involved understand our decision and we expect them to abide by them.”
From NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications – PR
NASCAR Issues Penalties From Sunday’s Event at Phoenix International Raceway
Three Teams Assessed Penalties Following Post-Race Review from NASCAR
NASCAR announced today penalties to three teams that compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, as a result of rule infractions at Phoenix International Raceway.
Jeff Gordon, driver of the No. 24 car, was found to be in violation of Sections 12-1 – actions detrimental to stock car racing – altercation with another competitor on the race track during the race – and has been fined $100,000, docked 25 championship driver points and put on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31. Rick Hendrick, owner of the No. 24 car, has also been penalized with the loss of 25 championship owner points. Alan Gustafson, crew chief of the No. 24 car, also was found to be in violation of Section 9-4A – at all events, crew chief assumes responsibility of his driver, car owner and team members – and has been placed on NASCAR probation until Dec 31.
Brian Pattie, crew chief of the No. 15 car, violated Sections 12-1 and 9-4A and has been fined $25,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until Dec 31.
Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 2 car has been fined $25,000 and placed on probation until Dec 31 for violating Sections 12-1 and 20-6.7A – cars and drivers will not be permitted to carry onboard computers, automated electronic recording devices, electronically actuated devices, power distribution modules, power conditioners, micro-processors, recording devices, electronic digital memory chips, traction control devices, digital readout gauges and the like, even if inoperable or incomplete – driver had a cell phone in his possession onboard the race car.
All of these violations occurred during the Nov 11 event at PIR.
From NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications – PR
Ford EcoBoost 400 Winner to Receive Contender Boat Outfitted with Guy Harvey Seascape Design
Homestead-Miami Speedway is again giving away a uniquely South Florida “trophy” to its NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 race winner. It’s a Bay Boat, built by Homestead-based Contender Boats. The high-performance boat features a twin stepped hull design, a first in the industry for inshore boats. Powered with a 250 horsepower Yamaha four stroke engine, the winner will be able to carry their love for speed to the water.
New for 2012 – World-famous artist Guy Harvey has designed a wrap for the boat that features checkered flags, sailfish and marlin. All 43 drivers in the Ford EcoBoost 400 field will have a chance to win the prize boat.
“We are excited to be involved with this iconic race again this year, and now to have an industry friend involved with the trophy boat makes it even better,” said Contender Boats Director of Marketing Les Stewart Jr. “The winner truly is taking home a piece of south Florida.”
“Our relationship with Contender Boats started in 2011, and now includes another natural in Guy Harvey,” said Homestead-Miami Speedway Matthew Becherer. “It’s fantastic to bring together these two uniquely South Florida entities that have collaborated to design and outfit this one-of-a-kind boat for our race winner.”
In addition to the design for the boat wrap, Guy Harvey and Homestead-Miami Speedway are teaming up for other fan elements:
Harvey has designed the cover of the official Ford Championship Weekend program, which will be on sale at the track during the race weekend.
Harvey has also designed commemorative posters and t-shirts that will be for sale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, both during race weekend and beyond. Proceeds from the sales of t-shirts will be donated to the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and Homestead-Miami Speedway’s Driving for a Cause Foundation.
NASCAR stock cars that include Guy Harvey Custom Wraps will be on display at Miami Beach’s Clevelander and Bass Pro Shop in Miami’s Dolphin Mall.
“We’ve long believed that our fans and NASCAR fans share a passion for the outdoors,” said Dr. Harvey. “We know our message of marine conservation and sustainable fisheries will find a receptive audience with NASCAR’s ranks.”
From Homestead-Miami Speedway – PR
Exclusive, Previously-Unaired SPEED Video from Middle of Phoenix Fight Airs Thursday on “Inside MWR” Special
One-hour special premiers at 7pm ET with exclusive footage from inside the garage fight; precedes Kurt Busch: The Outlaw
SPEED cameras literally were in the middle of the melee that broke out Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway and captured exclusive, never-seen footage that will air Thursday at 7pm ET on Inside Michael Waltrip Racing: A Championship Quest Part II, a one-hour special on SPEED.
SPEED cameras documenting Michael Waltrip Racing’s entire weekend from start to finish were the only ones rolling from the middle of the fight between the Nos. 15 and 24 teams Sunday in the garage after Jeff Gordon wrecked championship contender Clint Bowyer in the penultimate NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race of the 2012 season. Also included will be Bowyer’s day on the track, his accident with Gordon that formally ended his championship hopes and his emotional reaction afterward.
Clips and previews will air throughout the week on NASCAR Race Hub – Monday – Thursdays at 6pm ET. Michael Waltrip Racing is amidst its first year in the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup with drivers Bowyer and Martin Truex Jr. SPEED has chronicled the inner workings of MWR’s quest to win the championship with two teams since Richmond, the final race of NASCAR’s “regular season” last month, in a 10-week programming blitz consisting of segments on NASCAR Race Hub and NASCAR RaceDay. NASCAR Productions cameras have followed the organization in the shop, in meetings, at the track and throughout each race, capturing the raw emotion and teamwork in its pursuit of the Sprint Cup championship. The programming initiative also included a one-hour special a few weeks ago.
SPEED follows up Thursday’s MWR special with the premiere of Kurt Busch: The Outlaw, a one-hour documentary focusing on the driver’s struggles and personal life on and off-the-track, at 8pm ET. An encore of Beyond 200: The Hendrick Motorsports Story airs at 9pm ET.
NASCAR Race Hub, hosted by Steve Byrnes, kicks off the evening’s NASCAR programming at 6pm ET, setting the stage for NASCAR championship week at Homestead-Miami Speedway with reports from the track and previews of the championships across all three NASCAR national touring series.
From SPEED – PR
Michael Waltrip Racing Statement Concerning Sunday’s On & Off Track Incidents
“The goal of Michael Waltrip Racing is to be a championship-level organization both on and off the track. The on-track incident which occurred during Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway was extremely disappointing and brought raw emotions of a long and hard championship battle to the surface. Though we generally cannot control certain actions on the track, the unfortunate reactions off the track Sunday did not live up to the professional standards in which Michael Waltrip Racing expects all of its representatives to live by. We commit to our sponsors, our manufacturer, our fans and NASCAR that we will do so in the future.”
From Michael Waltrip Racing – PR