Published on March 11th, 2009 | by Michael J Smith0
Crewman Who Caused Caution Suspended Four Races
During last weekend’s Kobalt Tools 500 from Atlanta Motor Speedway, Jimmy Watts, gasman for JTG Daugherty Racing’s No. 47 Toyota, driven by Marcos Ambrose, ran after a tire that rolled onto the infield grass. He got about 70 feet from the track, forcing NASCAR to throw a caution.
As a result, several cars were pinned one or two laps down because the field was in the middle of green flag pit stops.
Watts was suspended for the remainder of the race.
On Tuesday, NASCAR added four races to the penatly under the rule that crewmembers must not go on the track for any reason while the cars are running under green, or red flag conditions unless directed by a NASCAR official.
Watts also received probation for the rest of the year.
Crew chief Frank Kerr has also been placed on probation until the end of the year under the NASCAR rule that states that a crew cheif assumes responsibility for actions of the team.
JTG Daughtery indicated that it will not appeal the suspension, and is looking to put the whole incident behind it.