NASCAR is fining 15-year-old Taylor Gray after he filmed himself behind the wheel in a ARCA test session at Daytona.
He has been fined $1,000 and placed on probation for the duration of the 2021 season.
Gray was a part of the annual January test. He was filming himself along the backstretch going at an incredibly fast speed. Now, he will be paying a fine and missing out on Daytona this season.
NASCAR rules prohibit drivers from having any phones or recording devices in the car while racing, practicing, or testing. This was the first incident related to recording or using a phone while in a car. The fine is low, however, it was the fourth-tier ARCA Series rather than the top-tier Cup Series.
For reference, Jennifer Jo Cobb was fined $5,000 and placed on probation for having her phone in the car with her while she was a part of the Truck Series Practice in 2015.
The video in question shows Gray behind the wheel. He also flips the camera to show him driving, as well.
The NASCAR rulebook says the following, according to Fansided, “Except as provided below, vehicles and drivers will not be permitted to carry onboard computers, automated electronic recording devices, electronically actuated devices, smartphones/cell phones, watches, micro-processors, recording devices, filming devices, electronic digital memory chips, traction control devices, digital readout gauges and the like, even if inoperable or incomplete.”
Some are questioning if the fine should have been higher to set a precedent to make sure other drivers don’t attempt something like this in the future. Fans are speculating that the fine could be so small because Gray is just 15 years old.
Background of Taylor Gray
Gray is the brother of David Gilliland Racing NASCAR Truck series driver, Tanner Gray. Tanner Gray is the youngest professional driver to win a national event in NHRA history. He races full-time in NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoor Truck Series.
He is also the grandson of Johnny Gray, who is the co-owner of David Gilliland Racing.
Gray competed in 12 of 20 races in the ARCA Menards Series season. He also recorded eight top-five finishes and 11 top-10 finishes.
He recorded an average finish of 5.5 during his races.
Gray made his debut racing in 2018 and he captured his first victory in a limited late model. According to his official site, he had his first career CARS Tour Late Model win during his third event. He was the runner-up for the $30,000 prize.