The No. 43 NASCAR Chevy Camaro ZL1, fielded by Legacy Motor Club (LMC) and driven by Erik Jones in the Cup Series, was penalized in early June for an infraction discovered after the race at Gateway Motorsports Park on June 5th, 2023. Now, the National Motorsports Appeals Panel (NMAP) has ruled that despite the team’s attempts to appeal the penalties, they will be upheld, according to Jayski.
Following the race weekend at Gateway, the No. 43 NASCAR Chevy Camaro was found to be in violation of the NASCAR Rule Book; specifically Sections 14.1 C&D: Overall Assembled Vehicle Rules, and 14.1.2.B: Engineering Change Log. Specifically, the race car had unapproved modifications to its greenhouse. As a result, Dave Elenz, crew chief for the No. 43 NASCAR Chevy team, was fined $75,000, and suspended from two point-paying Cup Series events. Additionally, Jones was docked 60 championship points along with five Playoff points. The penalties fell under the L1 category, which is the most severe.
Following the penalties, LMC released a statement saying, “We have been diligently working with NASCAR regarding the penalty and are working internally to determine the course of action in response. We will announce that decision within the timeframe determined by the NASCAR Rule Book.”
Shortly thereafter, LMC appeared before NMAP in an attempt to appeal the penalties to the No. 43 Camaro on June 28th, 2023. Panel members included Chuck Deery, Dixon Johnston and Cathy Rice, who ultimately ruled that the No. 43 NASCAR Chevy team would have the penalties upheld.
“The penalty was consistent with previously assessed penalties for similar situations. The rule book is clear that teams are not allowed to modify single-source parts, and therefore the penalty was upheld,” the NMAP panel explained.
Currently, Jones and the No. 43 Camaro are ranked 30th in overall Cup Series points. LMC has the option to appeal to the National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer, but has not indicated if this route will be taken.