NASCAR team owner Chip Ganassi has been suspended for allegedly violating COVID-19 protocols during the recent Daytona race weekend. Officials of the sport announced the one-race suspension and monetary fine on Monday (Feb. 22).
The official Twitter account of NASCAR shared the news Monday evening. Check out the tweet below.
According to an article on NASCAR.com, Chip Ganassi reportedly acted in violation of Section 12.8.1.b of the NASCAR Rule Book. This section reportedly sets the standards for how NASCAR owners, racers, etc., act in regards to COVID-19 protocols at events.
Ganassi’s violation took place at the Daytona International Speedway. NASCAR also reported that Ganassi’s violation involved “bringing into the competition area a non-essential individual that was restricted from the footprint.”
Additionally, the fine levied against Chip Ganassi is for $30,000, according to NASCAR. His suspension will keep Ganassi from attending this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series race. The race will take place at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
However, if Ganassi successful appeals NASCAR’s ruling, the fine and suspension could be lifted.
While owner Chip Ganassi is suspended from the race this weekend, his team will still have drivers on the race track. Expected to drive for Chip Ganassi Racing this Sunday are Kurt Busch in his No. 1 Chevrolet and Ross Chastain in his No. 42 Chevrolet even though Ganassi himself won’t be able to attend.
In Addition to Chip Ganassi, Two Crew Chiefs Fined by NASCAR Officials
In addition to the fine and suspension announced against Ganassi, two crew chiefs in the NASCAR Cup Series have also been fined. The two crew chiefs each were fined $10,000.
The fines levied against the crew chiefs were the result of unsecured lug nuts on their respective race cars.
These unsecured lug nuts were found during post-race car checks that followed the race at the Daytona Road Course.
Also, the article said that chief Adam Stevens was fined for the issue on the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Christopher Bell drove the No. 20 car to victory at the Daytona Road Course.
The other crew chief fined by NASCAR was Jeremy Bullins. He led the team for Brad Keselowski and the No. 2 Team Penske Ford. Keselowski finished in fifth place.
Bubba Wallace Happy to See NFL Players Enjoying NASCAR
NFL star Alvin Kamara is a big fan of NASCAR. And that has driver Bubba Wallace very excited. Kamara reportedly talked to the media about his love of the sport while on a Zoom interview on Feb. 19. NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Ryan Vargas also participated in the interview.
According to reporter Jeff Gluck, Kamara’s feelings about NASCAR were very clear during the interview. “Right now @A_kamara6 and @RyanVargas_23 are doing a Zoom call with the media. Kamara comes off as extremely enthusiastic about NASCAR, lots of smiles, seems really stoked about the sport,” Gluck shared Friday afternoon.
In another tweet, Gluck also talked about how Kamara feels about NASCAR. “Other NFL players have asked Kamara about his newfound NASCAR love: ‘Do you really like it?’ He tells them absolutely, and he’s offered to pay for them to come to the track so they can appreciate it for themselves. He’s clearly passionate about it.”
In fact, Bubba Wallace is very happy to have Kamara as a NASCAR fan. Wallace shared his excitement as he retweeted Gluck’s message about Kamara’s love for NASCAR. “All about the exposure and experience..tell your friends, family and whoever to get out and join us! Good work homie @A_kamara6,” Wallace said.