NASCAR announced Friday morning that it has confiscated wheels used by Team Penske and RFK Racing during practice at Daytona International Speedway.
Team Penske drivers include Joey Logano, Austin Cindric, Ryan Blaney and Harrison Burton (for the Wood Brothers). RFK Racing drivers are Brad Keselowski and Chris Buescher.
In depth details on why the Penske and RFK Racing wheels were confiscated were revealed on the eve of Daytona 500 via Fox NASCAR reporter Bob Pockrass however NASCAR did not indicate how many wheels were taken or from which cars.
Why did they (NASCAR) confiscate them? well they have video evidence of a mechanic from one of those teams working in the pinholes of the wheels, said Pockrass. What would that do and what were they doing? if they are grinding inside the pinholes that could potentially make the pinholes bigger which would make it easier to put the wheels on and take them off the car. –
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Fast Thoughts on why many in the garage expect penalties to Penske and RFK for wheels confiscated Friday at Daytona. pic.twitter.com/XWMvP9RQGf
– Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) February 19, 2022
According to Bob Pockrass NASCAR has already informed teams earlier this year that they are taking a no-nonsense approach and higher penalties for parts team acquire from vendors.
Brad Keselowski response to NASCAR confiscating RFK and Penske wheels
Brad Keselowski on NASCAR confiscating RFK and Penske wheels. “Not a performance-related item. … We made some safety changes to the wheels. Once NASCAR sees all the data behind it, I think we’ll be fine. ” pic.twitter.com/9Awekzauai
– Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) February 18, 2022
The tires have been transported back to NASCAR’s research and development center in Concord, NC, for additional inspection.
Any penalties they do come out will not be made public until the conclusion of the inspection at the R&D center.