Joe Garone Statement on Furniture Row Racing Penalties Handed by NASCAR
NASCAR officials have suspended crew chief Cole Pearn for one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points race and fined the Furniture Row Racing employee $50,000. The fine is for a rules violation that took place during last week’s race weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
In addition, driver Martin Truex Jr. has been penalized 15 championship driver points and team owner Barney Visser has been penalized 15 championship owner points.
The infraction, which involved the roof flap(s), was found during pre-race inspection for Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at AMS.
The following statement is attributed to Joe Garone, president of Furniture Row Racing:
Due to the severity of the P3 penalty levied against Furniture Row Racing and its crew chief Cole Pearn today (March 2), the No. 78 Sprint Cup team has informed NASCAR it will appeal the decision. The infraction, which was immediately corrected following technical inspection at Atlanta Motor Speedway last week, was safety related and not competition related. We sincerely appreciate that NASCAR has an appeal process so we can review the level of the penalty.
Statement: Furniture Row Racing