Meyer Shank Racing released a statement accepting responsibility for the infractions and the penalties applied to the team for manipulating tire pressure data during the Rolex 24 at Daytona and indicated that it has parted with the individual responsible.
Rolex 24-winning Meyer Shank Racing Acura penalized for technical breaches
HPD, and all of our partners. We have dealt with this issue internally and the team member that was responsible is no longer with the organization. We do not want this error to overshadow the tremendous effort that our team, drivers, and all of our partners have put forth to develop this new LMDh car.
Honda Performance Development (HPD) discovered the team was manipulating the tire pressure data that IMSA monitors to ensure compliance with minimum tire pressure regulation, and reported the matter to IMSA. IMSA and Michelin set minimum pressures for safety reasons, but teams often would prefer to use lower pressures to aid traction in cornering and acceleration. “We became aware of a problem with data from the No. 60 MSR car, and after a detailed investigation following the race, we reported our findings to IMSA. HPD does not tolerate any misconduct, delinquency, or data manipulation of any kind.
We completely support the action of IMSA in this matter.
We have put in a huge effort over two years with our chassis partners into the ARX-06 to make the best race car we could. To have this put into question is unacceptable.” IMSA revoked the annual credential of team engineer and strategist Ryan McCarthy, likely the individual referred to in the team’s statement, and suspended him indefinitely. Other penalties applied include the loss of 200 teams and driver IMSA WeatherTech Championship points, loss of all Michelin Endurance Cup points, loss of prize money, a $50,000 fine, and probation for the team through June 30. Sports News