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Third-place Rolex 24 team docked points, winnings

January 31, 2013, Staff report,

GRAND-AM: Post-race inspection revealed mechanical adjustment

GRAND-AM Road Racing announced Thursday that the third-place No. 60 Ford was found with mechanical adjustments following an inspection after the Rolex 24 had ended.

According to a GRAND-AM release, adjustments to the engine resulted in performance levels outside the allowed maximums.

Michael Shank Racing must forfeit its third-place prize money ($35,000), and it also has been docked 30 team championship points.

The drivers -- which include NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Marcos Ambrose and AJ Allmendinger, along with Ozz Negri, John Pew and Justin Wilson -- were all penalized 30 driver championship points as well. Ford was penalized 30 manufacturer championship points.

The team was also fined $15,000, which goes to GRAND-AM’s official charity, Camp Boggy Creek.

The 24-hour event that kicks off the sports car season took place Jan. 26-27 at Daytona International Speedway.