Update: March 13th, 5:48PM:
Jimmie Johnson, Chad Knaus, and car owner Rick Hendrick went to NASCAR’s Research and Development Center in Charlotte, North Carolina today to appeal the penalties given to them by NASCAR. The NASCAR appeals panel unamously voted to uphold the penalties given to the #48 team.
Rick Hendrick is going to appeal the penalties once again to NASCAR’s appellate officer. “I don’t accept it,” Hendrick said outside NASCAR’s R&D Center. “Period.”
Original Story on March 9th, 2012 at 10:35AM:
ESPN.com’s David Newton is reporting that an appeals panel will hear Hendrick Motorsports appeal of the penalties given the the #48 team back in Daytona Speedweeks. Chad Kanus was suspended for six races, fined $100,000 dollars, and the #48 team lost 25 championship points for what NASCAR called “an illegal modification” to Jimmie Johnson’s #48 car.
The #48 had a C-posts and or pillars on the car when opening day inspections caught the team trying to use them.
I personally feel that Hendrick Motorsports is wasting their time and energy on this appeal. I don’t see any reason why the appeals panel will not uphold the penalties. The #48 team has been caught before doing illegal modifications before. They’ve also been caught talking about destroying the back end of the race car in order to get through post-race inspection at Talladega back in 2011. Basically, with whats happened in the past, I don’t expect any change in ruling.
Until the appeal is heard, Chad Knaus will be on top the pit box for the #48 team this weekend at Las Vegas.