NASCAR fined Ryan Newman for a safety infraction incurred during Cup Series practice and qualifying at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Newman will dish out $10,000 for violating two sections of the rulebook, including Section 8.3.2.A., specifying:
- It is the responsibility of the driver, not NASCAR, to ensure that he/she maintains, wears, and properly uses protective clothing and equipment during Competition in accordance with Section 220.127.116.11 Driver Protective Clothing/Equipment.
Section 18.104.22.168 of the rulebook specifies it is the responsibility of the driver to ensure they maintain, wear and properly use that clothing and equipment. It also details the required equipment and what specifications it must be.
According to NASCAR, Newman did not wear the required head sock/helmet skirt.
NASCAR hit Chandler Smith with a $10,000 fine after he qualified his car at Talladega Superspeedway without that on.
The sock/skirt protects drivers in the event of a fiery crash.