Once again, Joe Gibbs team facing likely penalties after Michigan Speedway inspection issue
Oakland Press photo/MATT MYFTIU
Kyle Busch's #18 car, and his Joe Gibbs Racing teammates' cars, may face penalties related to unapproved oil pans discovered on all three cars Friday at Michigan International Speedway.
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Michigan International Speedway and Joe Gibbs Racing have some unlucky, or some would say dishonest, history.
A couple years ago, there was the infamous "magnet" incident, in which the team had tried to alter the result of a dyno test to mask horsepower.
Heading into this week's race at MIS, the Gibbs team is coming off a 6-point penalty at Pocono for Kyle Busch's car being too low. (For the record, Busch said it was a front spring issue and the lowering happened during the race).
And now, this morning at MIS, it was announced that JGR will likely face penalties for unapproved oil pans. All three JGR cars had to change the oil pans prior the first Cup practice in order to have their times counted, and a non-points penalty is likely. The oil pans, apparently, had not been submitted for approval.
For a team as A-list as Joe Gibbs Racing, it seems a lot of these tech issues are coming up. While the oil pan issue isn't a big deal, it just lends support to the views of anyone who might want to question the team's honesty.
And since Joe Gibbs is a very religious man who does his best to run an honest organization, I would hope Gibbs will make it a point to stress to his team that these errors in judgment, whether on purpose or accidental, will not be tolerated in an A-level Cup organization like his.
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