DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Chip Ganassi has been fined $ 30,000 and suspended from a race for bringing a guest into the NASCAR pit area at Daytona International Speedway.
NASCAR said the team owner violated their COVID-19 guidelines by bringing a non-essential person into the restricted competition area.
Ganassi cannot return to the Sunday competition areas at Homestead-Miami Speedway. NASCAR widened its bubble starting with the Daytona 500 to allow team owners to enter the garage; they weren’t considered essential personnel last season and had to watch the races from a suite across the track.
The “bubble” on the track does not allow drivers to bring their relatives or their children on the ground. Families were even prohibited from accessing Daytona motorhomes on the land they consider their home on the track.
Ganassi’s penalty did not impact either his two teams or his drivers Kurt Busch and Ross Chastain.
In the other Monday penalties:
Adam Stevens, the crew chief of winning driver Christopher Bell, was fined $ 10,000 for a loose lug nut on the No. 20 Toyota after Sunday’s race.
Jeremy Bullins was also suspended from $ 10,000 for a loose lug nut on Brad Keselowski’s # 2 Ford.
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