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Jimmie Johnson's car fails inspection

Posted on: February 17, 2012 3:00 pm
Edited on: February 17, 2012 9:28 pm
 
By Pete Pistone

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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Comments

Since: Nov 25, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 4:11 am
 

Jimmie Johnson's car fails inspection

I think NASCAR is going to drop the hammer on the #48 team after the 500. Just my gut feeling. Look at Chad's past history. If there's a penalty, it's going to be unprecedented. I can see a minimum $500,000 fine, minimum 10 race suspension, minimum 25 to 50 driver points and owner points deducted. Will it happen? NASCAR seems to be leaning that way.

NASCAR's rulebook is written with dry erase markers. If the C-posts fit within the template, the car should pass inspection. If you don't like the innovation and creativity from some race teams, fix your damn templates. If not, tell Chad "good job" and close the loophole, but don't punish him for outsmarting y'all...it ain't that hard to do.



Since: Oct 25, 2011
Posted on: February 18, 2012 11:32 am
 

Jimmie Johnson's car fails inspection

I ask the group this:  If he were a baseball player using PHD we would be going nuts on him.  Shouldn't we look at J.Johnson and his crew in the same light now?


Why is a baseball player using doctorates of philosophy? Or do you not know that enhancing starts with an E?
lmao!  Yeah, I was a bit out of it when i wrote that. Thanks for not being to harsh on me! Sealed



Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2012 9:37 am
 

Jimmie Johnson's car fails inspection

I guess Chad Knaus went to the Bill Belichek school of how to cheat...whoops...win.....!!!!



Since: Apr 11, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2012 7:53 am
 

Jimmie Johnson's car fails inspection

"Dont worry about the c-post, Jimmie- after we win the race just smash your car into the wall.  Nascar will never know what hit 'em! [diabolical laugh]"- Chad Knaus



Since: Aug 1, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2012 7:29 am
 

Jimmie Johnson's car fails inspection

I assume that HMS uses the same sheet metal for all cars (I can't believe they have a separate piece of tooling for one team) so you have to wonder why the 48 team is the one with the modification.

I think that this is nothing more than an experiment by the 48 team as has been said to see what they can get away with. I don't really have a problem with them trying it as long as they don't complain about the penalty. The other issue that of course is relevant is ho NASCAR arbitrarily apply penalties to teams. I know thye wnat you to think there is a system, but it is not very transparent.

I also wonder if the 48 team have a few other modifications up their sleeve for the season. You know darn well that neither Johnson or Knaus are happy they didn't win their 6th championship so I imagine they have been pretty creative this off-season.



Since: Jan 11, 2012
Posted on: February 18, 2012 1:06 am
 

Jimmie Johnson's car fails inspection

He's got to get a Volkswagon



Since: Mar 8, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2012 11:22 pm
 

Jimmie Johnson's car fails inspection

Wow last time this happened at Daytona with Chad in 2006 he was suspended for the first 4 races and Jimmie's car was put under the microscope everytime it hit the track and oh and by the way he went on to WIN the 500 ANYWAY and again 2 weeks later in Vegas on his way to his first Championship!! Haters going to hate!!



Since: Oct 28, 2011
Posted on: February 17, 2012 9:33 pm
 

Jimmie Johnson's car fails inspection

When is NASCAR going to wise up Chad Knaus ? He has pushed the envelope for years with the rules. It's time that cheating or attempts to cheat take on far more serious penalties. It's obvious this guy hasn't learned any lessons from his violations and penalties in the past. It's time to give him a one year supsension from NASCAR. Sounds extreme, but in reality Chad Knaus is a repeat offender. This would definitely send a message through the garage area that cheating or attempts to cheat will no longer get just a slap on the wrist and a small fine into NASCAR'S SLUSH FUND !! Lord only knows what Knaus has gotten away in the past that NASCAR didn't find. That's why Jimmie Johnson will never be held in the same regard as Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt or Jeff Gordon in my opinion. Too much of a "shady, cheating" cloud hanging over the #48 all these years....



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2012 7:12 pm
 

Jimmie Johnson's car fails inspection

I ask the group this:  If he were a baseball player using PHD we would be going nuts on him.  Shouldn't we look at J.Johnson and his crew in the same light now?


Why is a baseball player using doctorates of philosophy? Or do you not know that enhancing starts with an E?



Since: Nov 25, 2011
Posted on: February 17, 2012 6:25 pm
 

Jimmie Johnson's car fails inspection

I was watching a live feed from Daytona and saw Jimmie Johnson's #48 car. It looked like the only thing NASCAR removed from the car, was the section of sheet metal surrounding each C-post. The #48 team was already replacing the sections of sheet metal. I originally thought NASCAR had cut the entire C-post from Jimmie's car.

It will interesting to see what NASCAR does in regards to any fines, points penalties, suspensions. It appears the unapproved modification involves an aerodynamic advantage. 


I wonder how consistent NASCAR ruling will be on this incident. Toss a coin.    


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