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Daniel Suarez Fined $50,000 for Pit Road Contact Post-Race at COTA

Daniel Suarez, driver of the No. 99 Chevrolet Camaro for Trackhouse Racing, has been penalized by NASCAR after his actions post-race at Circuit of The Americas, where he made contact with Ross Chastain and Alex Bowman on pit road in retaliation. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)

Daniel Suarez, driver of the No. 99 Chevrolet Camaro for Trackhouse Racing, has been assessed a $50,000 fine by NASCAR, as a result of his actions following last weekend’s EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas.

At the end of Sunday’s 75-lap contest, Suarez was credited with a finish of 27th-place, after being involved in several late-race incidents, which spanned across multiple NASCAR Overtime restarts.

While competing for a spot inside the top five, the Monterrey, Mexico native was first involved in an accident with Ross Chastain, his teammate at Trackhouse Racing, and Alex Bowman – both of whom finished inside the top five.

After the race was complete, Suarez wasn’t happy. On the cooldown lap, the driver of the No. 99 ran much of the 3.41-mile road course at full speed, in an attempt to chase down Bowman and Chastain.

Suarez first made contact with Chastain’s No. 1 at the pit entrance, in an attempt to get around him and reach the rear bumper of Alex Bowman, to which he delivered a harsh shot while the cars were on pit road.

In February, NASCAR elected to increase the potential penalties for any driver that intentionally damages another vehicle on pit road, or gets involved in an altercation. The potential penalties could include the loss of 25 to 50 driver and/or owner points, a

The penalties that COULD be assessed to any driver that intentionally damages another vehicle on pit road include a loss of 25 to 50 driver and/or owner points, a $50,000 to $100,000 fine, a one-race suspension, indefinite suspension, or membership revocation.

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