Nearly a month before Denny Hamlin’s disqualification at Pocono, the tape was seen in a video
On July 24, Denny Hamlin drove to victory lane at Pocono Raceway. Just a few hours later, NASCAR disqualified race winner Hamlin as well as runner-up finisher Kyle Busch. Both cars are fielded out of the JGR garage.
View the screenshot of the tape from June 27th, 2022 below.
The violation for both cars was in regards to a piece of tape installed on both sides of the front fascia. It was discovered in pre-race tech because the tape was installed under the wrap on the cars. The wrap was removed in post-race tech which brought the violation to the surface.
Joe Gibbs Racing issued a statement claiming fault for the violation. They noted that their build process has been adjusted following the penalty.
Joe Gibbs Racing stated, “This change in our build process was not properly vetted within our organization and we recognize it is against NASCAR’s rules. We apologize to everyone for this mistake, and we have made changes to our processes to ensure that it does not happen again.”
Additionally, the following week at the Indianapolis Road Course, Joe Gibbs Racing brought a fascia with the tape installed. That nose was placed outside of a JGR hauler for all the other teams to see.
JGR used the tape since at least June 27
Since the penalty, images have surfaced of the tape being installed on the car, well before the race at Pocono Raceway.
The screenshot below shows the tape installed under the wrap Martin Truex Jr’s machine. Truex Jr was not handed a penalty for any tape being installed.
The video was posted on June 27.
After June 27, NASCAR hosted races at Road America, Atlanta Motor Speedway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway before the race at Pocono.