KANSAS CITY, Kan. —
The team has appealed the sanctions, arguing that they were operating in a “gray area” with regard to modified rear-end housings, and the hearing is expected to take place this week.
“I certainly don’t think it’s cheating,” Roger Penske told The Associated Press from the IndyCar race in Long Beach. “We all work in the gray areas. We’re trying to be as competitive as we can be, we’ve got very creative minds and it takes a lot of creative minds to be competitive.”
It will be up to a three-member panel to decide whether creative was also illegal.
In the meantime, Penske Racing arrived at Kansas Speedway with crew chief Paul Wolfe and the rest of the No. 2 team intact, along with Logano’s No. 22 team and the No. 12 of Sam Hornish Jr.
For most of the afternoon, it was turning out to be forgettable.
Logano bailed out on the apron when he saw Kyle Busch skidding down the banking of the corner midway through the race, but he had nowhere to go. The two cars wound up in a bone-jarring, nose-to-nose collision that sent debris scattering over the track’s recently repaved asphalt.
Hornish got into trouble with 84 laps to go when Marcos Ambrose got sideways right in front of him. The two collided, and Casey Mears joined in a wreck that also included Danica Patrick, leaving two of the three Penske entries looking like aluminum cans that had been stepped on.
Keselowski’s car wasn’t in much better shape. The minor damage to the rear quarter panel from early in the race kept peeling away bit by bit.
“I could feel something was wrong with it, but I couldn’t see it,” Keselowski said afterward. “So you don’t know what magnitude it is. Obviously it must have been pretty severe.”