Chase Elliott rear spoiler penalty discussed by Larry McReynolds and Joey Logano
The #24 was bold at Chicagoland Speedway.
The team installed a piece of tape across the rear spoiler. During the post-race interview the crew, slickly removed the tape. It was caught on camera and brought to the attention of NASCAR.
“There was some tape used in the rear spoiler area to create a little bit of a gurney lip,” Larry McReynolds discusses the Chase Elliott penalty on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.
“Which generates more rear downforce. I will not be bold enough to say how many pounds. I don’t know.”
“It’s something they had to have tried. Possibly in the wind tunnel to see what the advantage truly was. If there’s not an advantage and can’t imagine they would have done it.”
“We’re not stacking dimes or nickels or quarters or silver dollars. When it comes to downforce you’re just trying to stack pennies. It’s like finding horsepower with a restrictor plate engine. Anything is a gain.”
“The bottom line is… The manipulated the aerodynamics of that racecar. NASCAR dropped the hammer as an L1 penalty.”
“NASCAR inspects the underside of the car with a fine tooth comb. You’d think that the outside of the car would be that, times 10.
“It’s a bold move, for sure. But hey, they were fast,” Joey Logano stated on NASCAR Race Hub.
“With their crew chief being gone… Does that take the wind out of the sails?”
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