Rolex 24 at Daytona: Winning team penalized; Fined

Meyer Shank Racing has been handed a big penalty over a month after the win at Daytona International Speedway

In late January, Daytona International Speedway host the season-opening IMSA event. The 24 hour race saw teams across multiple divisions race through the night in a grueling event.

Meyer Shank Racing and the No. 60 team were declared the overall race winners of the event. The team raced in the GTP division. With the win, the tam became back to back winners after winner the race last year as well.

Now, over a month later, the team has been handed a massive penalty.

IMSA became aware of a potential manipulation of tire pressure data. They quickly opened up an investigation and it was determined the team was in violation.

The violation was first discovered by Honda Performance Development who reported it to IMSA. The discovery was made after the official results were finalized.

The team will keep the win for the record books, as well as the trophies and fancy Rolex watches. However, all other benefits from the win have been removed, on top of a hefty fine.

No. 60 Drivers: Tom Blomqvist; Colin Braun; Helio Castroneves and Simon Pagenaud

Penalty

– They’ve been docked 200 team and driver points.

– loss of race prize money.

– $50,000 fine.

– Team owner Mike Shank is on probation through June 30, 2023.

– Indefinite suspension for team engineer Ryan McCarthy.

Meyer Shank Racing: Statement

“We accept the series’ decision and have taken responsibility,” Meyer Shank Racing opened in a statement.

“We want to apologize to everyone at Acura, HPD and all of our partners. We have dealt with this issue internally and the team member that was responsible is no longer with the organization.”

“We do not want this error to overshadow the tremendous effort that our team, drivers and all of our partners have put forth to develop this new LMDh car.”

“We consider this matter closed and are fully focused on resetting and coming back for the Twelve Hours of Sebring.”

The 12 Hours of Sebring is scheduled for March 18, 2023.

Rule: ATT 3.6.6.E.

Failure to adhere to the Operational Requirements is prohibited and may result in the following Minimum Penalties:

– First violation: Warning/Reprimand (not guaranteed, depending on timing/severity of violation; for penalties, paragraph vi. below shall apply).

– Second violation: Drive-Through.

– Third violation: Stop plus ten (10) seconds.

Any violations may be penalized to the full extent listed in Art. 57.

– A Penalty assessed during or after qualifying may result in qualifying times disallowed.

– An un-served Race Penalty or a Penalty assessed after the Race is added to the Car’s Race finishing time and may include a lap count penalty.

Links

Meyer Shank Racing | Daytona International Speedway | IMSA

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