Chip Ganassi fined $30k for COVID-19 rules breach

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Team owner Chip Ganassi was fined $30,000 and suspended for one race after bringing an unauthorised guest into the NASCAR pit and thus breaking COVID-19 protocols.

NASCAR reported that the team owner violated the in-place COVID-19 guidelines by bringing a nonessential person into the restricted competition area at Daytona International Speedway.

Thus, Ganassi cannot return to competition areas Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

NASCAR expanded its bubble beginning with the Daytona 500 to permit team owners into the garage; they were not considered essential personnel last season and had to watch races from a suite on the other side of the track.

The at-track “bubble” does not permit drivers to bring their significant others or children into the infield. Families were even prohibited from accessing at Daytona the infield motorhomes they consider their home at the track.

The penalty for Ganassi does not impact his two teams or drivers Kurt Busch and Ross Chastain.

In other penalties Monday:

  • Adam Stevens, the crew chief for winning driver Christopher Bell, was fined $10,000 for one loose lug nut on the No. 20 Toyota after Sunday’s race.
  • Jeremy Bullins was also suspended $10,000 for one loose lug nut on Brad Keselowski’s No. 2 Ford.