Two cars will be sent to the rear for the start of today’s race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Two teams will be sent to the rear of the field for Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event. Daniel Suarez of Joe Gibbs Racing and Martin Truex Jr of Furniture Row Racing will head to the back.
Each of these teams failed pre-race inspection multiple times. Truex and the #78 car made three passes through the inspection tent. Daniel Suarez made four passes through inspection.
The weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been a complete washout thus far. The cars for both the NASCAR Cup Series and the NASCAR Xfinity Series will take the green in the race without a single lap of practice or qualifying.
Due to the rain, the field will be set by owner points. Daniel Suarez was scheduled to start in 20th. Martin Truex Jr was scheduled to start in 3rd.
Daniel Suarez penalty
“The No. 19 Toyota failed pre-race inspection, held Saturday at the track, four times. In addition to starting from the rear, car chief Todd Brewer has been ejected for Sunday’s Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard (1 p.m. ET, NBCSN/NBC Sports App).”
“Suarez was set to roll off the grid 20th after Saturday’s qualifying was rained out and the field was set per the NASCAR Rule Book (owner points). He’ll still be credited with a start of 20th, but move to the back before the green drops.”
“Suarez also was docked 10 driver points for the fourth failure.”
Martin Truex Jr penalty
“Truex Jr. will join Suarez at the rear. His No. 78 Toyota failed pre-race inspection three times, meaning he’ll drop to the rear from his starting position of third on Sunday. His car chief, Blake Harris, also is ejected, but there is no points penalty.”