By AMANDA VINCENT
The No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports team received a written warning from NASCAR earlier this week after the sanctioning body looked into the possibility that the team flared a side skirt on its car driven by Jimmie Johnson in the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 16, according to an announcement from NASCAR Tuesday afternoon.
According to a report from the Sporting News, NASCAR officials decided that “the Hendrick No. 48 crew did not make an unapproved adjustment of a body panel during a pit stop late in Saturday night’s annual invitational event.”
As a result of the findings, the team was not penalized as was widely speculated it would be in the days between the All-Star Race and NASCAR’s announcement on Tuesday.
After multiple teams were caught pulling out side skirts on their cars to increase downforce, and therefore, increase speeds during the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship postseason in 2014, NASCAR announced during the offseason that the practice would be policed in 2015 and penalties could result for teams that pull out side skirts on their cars during in-race pit stops.
Johnson finished 15th of the 20 cars entered in the Sprint all-Star Race.
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