NASCAR hit Joe Gibbs Racing with one of the biggest fines in the sanctioning body's history, if not the biggest, when it fined crew chief Jason Ratcliff $200,000 for an illegal engine and suspended him for six races as well as suspending Gibbs's owner's licence for the same period.
Although he was docked 50 points, driver Matt Kenseth will still go down in history as the winner of the race at Kansas Speedway.
This is so stupid as to be farce.
This follows the book being lowered on Penske Racing for using unapproved parts on the cars of Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano. Note, the parts weren't illegal; they had not been approved. The crew chiefs were fined $100,000 apiece for that and everybody (just about) was suspended except the drivers.
NASCAR seems to be losing its grip.
I suggest NASCAR is losing audience because the racing is boring and the commentary is predictable and they’re doing stupid things to try to attract attention.
Like this sort of thing, which is stupid.
They suspend Gibbs' ownership licence for six races - for what? Not looking inside the engine and weighing the connecting rods - which he and others on his team can't do anyway because Toyota supplies the engines that just get dropped into the car?
Everybody says IndyCar has ownership and management problems.
Well, they now have company.
Ferrari says it has solved the problem of the DRS flap on Fernando Alonso's car that stuck open not once but twice at last weekend's Grand Prix of Bahrain.
In a statement, Ferrari said the cause of the failure had now been identified and resolved.
"Analysis revealed that the problem was caused by the breakage of a mechanical component within the system," Ferrari said.
Translation: The wire that pulled it shut snapped in half . . .
Michel Jourdain Jr. will race in this year's Indy 500. Should I get excited. Should anybody?