Oh, what a tangled web we weave in NASCAR. The warnings just keep rolling in after another group of Sprint Cup drivers failed inspections at Pocono over the weekend.
Jared Turner of Fox Sports reports that NASCAR issued Jimmie Johnson, Danica Patrick, Sam Hornish Jr. and David Gilliland were all issued written warnings. Each driver had issues with inspections, but will not be harshly penalized for their actions—yet.
Johnson failed three separate pre-race inspections before he was allowed to race while Hornish failed once. Patrick and Gilliland, on the other hand, had issues with pre-qualifying inspection. Both Patrick and Johnson will lose 15 minutes of practice time at Michigan—which is hardly a punishment for the two teams.
NASCAR’s announcement on Wednesday night for Johnson came just over 24 hours after he realized his P1 penalty from Charlotte would be dropped. Another failed inspection at Michigan—or three—could result in a second straight written warning and a strict penalty for Johnson. He previously lost his pit stall selection before winning the appeal.
Those same rules also apply for Patrick, Hornish and Gilliland at Michigan. With all four drivers on high alert, NASCAR will keep a close eye on their inspections and could bring the gavel down again after Sunday’s race.
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