By AMANDA VINCENT
The No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (driver: Jamie McMurray) was penalized by NASCAR because of a rules infraction May 21 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, according to an announcement by NASCAR on Wednesday. The team modified the right-rear quarter panel wheel opening of the car after going through qualifying inspection.
By NASCAR’s violation/penalty scale, the rules infraction called for a P2-level penalty, and as a result, crew chief Matt McCall was put on NASCAR probation through the end of the year.
In its penalty announcement, NASCAR cited sections 12.1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing), 20.4.b (Body — All approved OEM-manufactured body components must be used as supplied, except as required to stiffen, or to attach to other vehicle components. Tolerances from CAD surfaces and template tolerances are provided to allow for manufacturing, fabrication and installation variability. Approved Parts: GMR: NSCS 0786. Part Name: Quarter Panel RS, Effective date Aug. 1, 2012) and 20.4.2 (Surface Conformance [a] Coordinate measuring machines, scanning equipment and templates, among other tools, will be used to inspect body surfaces for conformance to the approved OEM and NASCAR CAD files) of the 2015 NASCAR rule book.
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