NASCAR: Penske addresses NASCAR’s Confiscation of Wheels

Daytona 500 winning team owner Roger Penske addressed the wheels (Team Penske and RFK Racing) that were confiscated by NASCAR officials last Thursday night during the post-race press conference Sunday.

Well, I think that anybody who was at the race today, you talk to most of the teams, they all had trouble with wheels, didn’t they. It wasn’t something that was unique.

“And I think that we had contacted NASCAR a week before and said that the wheels we were getting were not all the same, and we felt we needed to modify the holes where the drive pins go.

“We didn’t really get any feedback, and at that point we went ahead and opened the holes up.

“In fact, when you look at it, they’re much bigger than they would have been — smaller, excuse me, than we had either on INDYCAR or on sports car.

“I just think there was so much going on and trying to get the communication back and forth — we certainly talked about it with them. This wasn’t something we did under the covers trying to beat anybody. It was right there.

“So they took all our wheels, and we ran today with wheels that we had up at the shop, came down, they were certainly like everybody else’s, I think.”


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