Chase Elliott’s team served penalty resulting in encumbered finish, loss of points at Chicagoland
Chase Elliott's second-place finish in the opening round of the playoffs Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway was indeed too good to be true.
NASCAR levied a severe L1-level penalty to the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports team for a modification of components to affect the aerodynamic properties of the vehicle at Chicagoland Speedway, the governing body announced Tuesday.
Hendrick Motorsports will not appeal the penalty which comes with a loss of 15 driver points and 15 owner points, dropping Elliott to eighth place in the postseason standings. Elliott's crew chief Alan Gustafson was fined $25,000 and suspended for one race.
The illegal modification stems from a piece of tape applied to the rear spoiler, according to Motorsport.com. A post-race video appears to show a crew member removing the tape which, in theory, would increase downforce on the race car, making it easier to maneuver.
Elliott, who led 42 laps Sunday, is still in search of his first career win and first NASCAR Cup Series championship. He'll need to win at either New Hampshire or Dover or finish in the top 12 of the postseason standings to move on to the Round of 12 on Oct. 1.