Hendrick Motorsports found itself in hot water after exceeding the season limit for wind tunnel testing. Since then, NASCAR fined the team $100,000 and deducted 10 hours of wind tunnel testing from them for 2020-21 season. Now Twitter is also criticizing Hendrick online.
According to The Cup Rule Book, the sport allocates organizations 150 hours for cars through Dec. 31, 2021. The maximum usage in 2020 is 70 hours and 90 hours in in 2021. According to NASCAR, the wind tunnel reports billable hours to the organization. The minimum test period is four hours.
Hendrick Motorsports reported the violation to NASCAR and will also not appeal the penalty. Reportedly Hendrick went over the maximum usage by less than an hour. An L2 penalty comes with a fine of between $100,000 to $200,000.
Hendrick Motorsports had both critics and also supporters on Twitter.
Several Twitter users slammed Hendrick Motorsports because of their infraction. For instance, several accounts called the organization “cheaters.” They also said such behavior was typical of the organization. One user wrote, “Trying to cheat like always.”
It’s not the first time someone has accused Hendrick of cheating before. In 2019, driver Kyle Larson apologized to the organization for remarks he made, intended as a joke.
“I feel like Hendrick plays games in a way with NASCAR,” he said. “I feel like they always start the year off kind of bad to like show NASCAR that they’re being nice and cooperating and following the rules and stuff, and then it gets a couple of months in, and they start cheating and finding some speed.”
Hendrick also had its fair share of supporters who believed the fine was too steep. In a series of tweets, one fan even offered to take out a $100,000 loan to pay off the fine.
[H/T: NBC Sports]