Richard Childress Racing will appeal a series of penalties levied by NASCAR for allegedly altering tires in a race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California last month.
Tires confiscated from the No. 31 Chevrolet driven by Ryan Newman following the event were examined by an independent third party and found to have been altered in an attempt to release excess air pressure during race runs.
Crew chief Luke Lambert was fined $125,000, placed on probation through December 31 and suspended for the next six championship races; along with the NASCAR Sprint All Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May. Newman and car owner Richard Childress were docked 75 championship driver and owner points, and the team’s tire technician and engineer were suspended for six races and placed on probation through Dec. 31.
The team has asked that those suspensions be postponed pending appeal, and NASCAR has approved that request. The point penalties will remain intact.
No date for the appeal has been announced.