Grand-Am Road Racing has issued monetary and point penalties to the No. 60 Ford Riley Daytona Prototype entry that finished third in last weekend's Rolex 24 at Daytona. The No. 60 was found to have had mechanical adjustments to its engine "resulting in performance levels outside the documented maximums," according to thee sanctioning body.
The penalties are as follows:
• Michael Shank Racing will forfeit third-place prize money of $35,000 and has been penalized with the loss of 30 team championship points
• Drivers Ozz Negri, John Pew, Justin Wilson, Marcos Ambrose and AJ Allmendinger have each been penalized 30 driver championship points.
• Ford has been penalized 30 manufacturer championship points.
• The team has been penalized one point in the North American Endurance Championship standings.
• The team has been fined $15,000, payable to Camp Boggy Creek, Grand-Am's official charity.
The team claimed the infraction was based on how the engine was set up for the testing process. Team owner Michael Shank said his team would not appeal the penalties, however.
“As much as we are frustrated with the penalty, we believe that pursuing an appeal would not change the outcome, and that we should just move forward from here,” said Shank. “Fighting this will only take time and resources away from improving this process in the future.”
Shank added that he is hoping that this process can become more open and clear in the future.
“I want to be able to show up at Daytona International Speedway each spring and be able to run flat-out from practice to the race without fearing that we will get engine penalties,” said Shank. “Winning the Rolex 24 should come down to the engineering, driving talent, and strategy – not who can win the race on the dyno in Concord (NASCAR'S R&D facility). Obviously this entire process has been very frustrating, but just like we did in the 24, we will have to put it behind us, embrace all of our partners, and get to work on clawing our points back starting at COTA."