DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The 2012 season has not started well for Jimmie Johnson.
The No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet failed pre-race inspection for this year's Daytona 500 as NASCAR cited unapproved modifications to the C-Post area of the car.
The sanctioning body cut off and confiscated the sheet metal in question and immediately put the pieces on display behind the NASCAR hauler as is customary.
"We noticed they had modifications to that area that is not permitted," NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharpsaid. "We cut off the C-post and we confiscated the C-post. We're allowing them to fix it. And when we get back home (to NASCAR's Research & Development Center), we'll look at it again and see if there needs to be anything further."
The infractions were found on both side of the car on the C-Post, which is a designated area measured between the roof and quarterpanel.
“It was an obvious modification that the template inspectors picked up on,” said Sprint Cup Series Director John Darby. “We did some additional inspections and found that they were too far out of tolerance to fix.”
Hendrick Motorsports is sending a new piece from its North Carolina headquarters to Daytona and the 48 car will be inspected again on Saturday.
NASCAR will not announce any further penalties or action until after the Daytona 500.
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