Ryan Newman and his Penske Racing team have accepted the penalties that were handed down by NASCAR earlier this week and are just ready to get on with the season.
Newman and team owner Roger Penske each lost 25 points and crew chief Roy McCauley was fined $25,000 and placed on probation until the end of the year after the No. 12 Dodge failed inspection following Newman’s fourth-place run at Texas. the car was found to be an eighth of an inch too high, a change that could produce more downforce.
The points penalty dropped Newman from eighth to 10th in the standings.
“We did some adjustments throughout the day, but something happened in the car,” Newman said Thursday. “The fact that it was an eighth high caught us off guard. We fully accept the penalty. We understand NASCAR’s position and we’ll go on.
“Points-wise, we made up seven spots in the last 10 laps at Texas. That’s close to the number of points (that he lost due to the penalty). You have to put it out of your mind. Those 25 points are gone. You go on.”
The Daytona 500 winner called the situation in Texas a learning experience.
“We don’t look at it as a situation where we were cheating,” he said. “We looked at it as a situation that we screwed up and we’ll try and make it up.”