JGR crew chiefs penalized for unapproved parts

Probation, fines, but no points penalties were handed out to the Joe Gibbs Racing trio of cars for rule violations at Michigan International Speedway.

All three crew chiefs – Mike Ford (No. 11 car), Dave Rogers (No. 18) and Greg Zipdelli (No. 20) – were fined $50,000 and placed on probation for the remainder of the season. The car chiefs for all three teams, as well as Jimmy Makar, JGR's senior vice president of operations, were also placed on probation for the remainder of the season.

Last Friday, prior to the Heluva Good! 400, NASCAR discovered unapproved oil pans in each of the JGR cars. The oil pans were confiscated and never used in competition.

"Although the parts were not illegal, we did not follow the proper submission for approval process," the team said in a statement. "We will not appeal NASCAR's ruling."

Team owner Joe Gibbs and team president J.D. Gibbs took responsibility for the unapproved parts, saying their mistake was in assuming they would have gotten approval for the parts before the cars went through inspection. Apparently, that never happened.

"We made mistakes in the past as a team and I'm sure we'll make mistakes in the future," J.D. Gibbs said Sunday. "If we can't conduct ourselves in the right way, there's no use in us doing this. It's a wake up call for us to make sure we do a better job before bringing parts to the track."

Denny Hamlin won the race at Michigan; Kyle Busch finished third.

It's the second straight week a JGR car has been penalized by NASCAR. Busch's No. 18 car failed inspection following the June 12th race at Pocono when the left front of his car was found to be too low. For that, Busch was docked six championship points and Rogers was fined $25,000.

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