NASCAR Cup Series racer Joey Logano’s win at Richmond no longer counts towards making the playoffs that determine the season championship, NASCAR announced today. Logano’s car failed post-race inspection, so he was given the series’ first “encumbered win”—as in, keep the trophy, but your win is sort of meaningless…
NASCAR gave out zero penalties for the last-lap on-track contact between Kyle Busch and Joey Logano and the subsequent fight that followed, per NASCAR’s post-race penalty report. Of course they didn’t! All’s fair in love, war and getting everybody to talk about NASCAR thanks to a ridiculous post-race fight.
The last spot on the podium for the Formula One Mexican Grand Prix must be a revolving door instead of the usual step. First, Red Bull driver Max Verstappen lost third place for taking a shortcut to keep his position, giving the podium spot to Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel. Hilariously, Vettel later lost third place…
Magnus Racing broke their usual jolly character after Virginia International Raceway to point out how asinine it was that they were excluded from the race results. Part of their car was bent just 1 mm too hellaflush after contact with another car and they lost a third-place finish over it. PSA: they’re still unhappy.
After watching two NASCAR drivers brawl following the messiest trucks finish ever, it’s almost more surprising when a driver gets in trouble for acting out than when they don’t. Risi Competizione Ferrari driver and part-time DJ Giancarlo Fisichella was placed on probation for his post-race temper tantrum at Virginia…
Turns out, you can totally turn into your opponent and drag them along the wall to take a win. Who cares about racing fair, or even racing? NASCAR won’t penalize you for it. Or for tackling a dude, even though they probably had it coming.
IndyCar’s lovable Canadian and future “Dancing With The Stars” participant James Hinchcliffe was one of four drivers penalized for interfering with another driver’s qualifying lap at Watkins Glen. Even after an appeal, IndyCar stuck to their ruling that Hinchcliffe impeded Will Power’s lap. Now he’s really mad, eh?
As if Formula One’s prohibition on radio instructions wasn’t unpopular enough already, a penalty for violating that radio ban was given to one of the series’ most beloved drivers at the Hungarian Grand Prix: Jenson Button. That was the end of that ban. Today, the F1 Strategy Group voted to kill off the ban for good.
Brad Keselowski’s car was held in the pits longer than his crew would have hoped at Pocono Raceway this afternoon thanks to a fender slam by one of his crew members that got caught by NASCAR officials. NASCAR told them to put the fender back, and the crew was just like, “What? No.”
There’s one thing the 24 Hours of LeMons is adamant about: documenting your cheating. Any parts added to the car either need documentation or they’ll be assigned a value in inspections. If you swap “found” parts into an FD Mazda RX-7, you’re going to invoke the “Pratt & Miller Rule,” as this team did.
NASCAR is making an example of the No. 18 car driven by Kyle Busch in its new crackdown on securing all five lug nuts per wheel. The No. 18 crew chief was fined $20,000, and both he and the front tire changer were suspended through May 18, forcing them to miss the next race at Dover International Speedway.
Good news, Smoke fans! Tony Stewart will return to racing this weekend, and is even eligible for NASCAR’s playoff-style championship, the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Bad news, everyone: he was also just fined $35,000 for calling out NASCAR on something he should be able to voice concerns on: safety.
For the second year in a row, the Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend left a driver so angry over a race result that they refused to spray champagne on the podium. This year, it was Scott Dixon, who got royally screwed by IndyCar’s decision not to impose a real penalty for a shortcut made by race winner Simon Pagenaud.
A single out-of-compliance part has excluded the overall winner from the World Endurance Championship’s 6 Hours of Silverstone results, reports Sportscar365. The No. 7 Audi R18 had worn its front skid block down to less than the required 20mm minimum thickness.
Two of NASCAR’s biggest stars—Danica Patrick and Kyle Busch—received penalties today from NASCAR’s weekend at Auto Club Speedway. Patrick’s penalty is a clear message that NASCAR wants no one to ever walk towards the track itself, and Busch’s may involve something else he said. (Big “may.”)
As Formula One heads into 2016, Bernie Ecclestone would like to remind you that the series he’s led into a repetitive parade of power unit penalties and predictable action is crap. Again.