Published on October 22nd, 2008 | by Michael J Smith1
NASCAR Issues Penalties For Vickers, RBR
NASCAR issued penalties for Red Bull Racing and driver Brian Vickers following an inspection that revealed that the sheet metal on RBR’s No. 83 Toyota was too thin following the TUMS QuikPak 500 from Martinsville Speedway.
The car was found to be in violation of Sections 12-4-A (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4-Q (car, car parts, components and/or equipment used do not conform to NASCAR rules); and 20-2.1-D (exterior sheet metal body parts did not meet the specified minimum thickness) of the rulebook.
Crew Chief Kevin Hamlin and Car Chief Chad Smokstad have been suspended indefinitely. Additionally, Hamlin has been fined $100,000.
Vickers and car owner Dietrich Mateschitz have each been penalized with the loss of 150 drive and owner points respectively.
The team does not plan to appeal and took full responsibility for the infractions.