NASCAR suspends Chip Ganassi for COVID-19 violation

By Field Level Media
Aug 15, 2020; Indianapolis, IN, USA; IndyCar Series team owner Chip Ganassi during qualifying for the 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

NASCAR suspended team owner Chip Ganassi for a violation of COVID-19 protocols at Daytona International Speedway last weekend.

He also was fined $30,000.

NASCAR said Ganassi, 62, was penalized for allowing a “non-essential individual” into a restricted area.

Pending an appeal, Ganassi will serve his suspension this upcoming weekend at the NASCAR Cup Series event at Homestead Miami Speedway. Chip Ganassi Racing still will be allowed to enter its two cars — the No. 1 Chevrolet for driver Kurt Busch and the No. 42 Chevy for Ross Chastain — in Sunday’s event.

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–Field Level Media