Teams off the hook for Daytona roof flap debacle

NASCAR announced on Wednesday that there would be no penalties handed down to teams who had issues with roof flap spacers at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway on July 4, 2013. NASCAR found that a total of 31 teams — 16 in the Sprint Cup Series and 15 in the Nationwide Series — had roof flap spacers that were either modified or replaced to reduce weight.

“We examined this from every aspect we possibly could and determined that there would be no penalties involved,” NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton said. “Based upon our inspection and subsequent review, it was our determination that the functionality and safety aspects of the roof flaps were not compromisedd and the on-track competition would not be impacted.”

Sprint Cup Series teams found to have illegal, or unapproved, roof flap spacers included three Roush Fenway cars (No. 16 of Greg Biffle, No. 17 of Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 99 of Carl Edwards), two Penske Racing teams (No. 2 of Brad Keselowski and No. 22 of Joey Logano), two Richard Petty Motorsports cars (No. 9 of Marcos Ambrose and No. 43 of Aric Almirola), Germain Racing (No. 13 of Casey Mears), Wood Brothers Racing (No. 21 of Trevor Bayne), three Michael Waltrip Racing teams (No. 15 of Clint Bowyer, No. 55 of Michael Waltrip, No. 56 of Martin Truex Jr.), three Joe Gibbs Racing cars (No. 11 of Denny Hamlin, No. 18 of Kyle Busch, No. 20 of Matt Kenseth), and the No. 1 Earnhardt Gannassi car driven by Jamie McMurray.

Teams receive roof flaps from Roush Composites. the flaps come in kits that also include all installation materials needed and instructions for installation. Teams are required to use all the parts in the kit and install the roof flaps according to the included instructions.

“Moving forward, we will work with the roof flap manufacturer and the race teams to evaluate and optimize the association installation hardware, review the process in its totality and communicate in a timely manner to the garage area any revisions that we determine need to me made,” Pemberton said.

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