Despite securing victory in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, Brumos Racing headed away from the Florida venue behind rivals Chip Ganassi Racing in the points standings after the winning #58 Porsche Riley failed post race inspections.
David Donohue had held off the challenge of Juan Pablo Montoya to secure victory by just 0.167secs, giving himself and team-mates Darren Law, Buddy Rice and Antonio Garcia the maximum 35 points available and giving Brumos the early lead in the teams' standings.
However, the #58 car was then found to be twelve pounds underweight during the post-race technical inspection, with Grand Am officials taking the decision not to alter the race results.
Instead, the team was fined $5,000 and docked five points in the driver, team and manufacturers' standings. In response, it insisted that the weight of the car was down to a loss of coolant and an oil leak, as well as the fact that Donohue was running on reserve fuel for more than a lap at the finish.
“We recognise that race officials have a very difficult job,” Brumos team owner Dan Davis said. “We respect their decision and understand the need to enforce this penalty.
“Brumos Racing works very hard to produce the best race cars that we can while adhering to the rules, and we would never do anything to tarnish our reputation. My continuing commitment to our Brumos family, Grand Am, and our fans is that we will never knowingly violate the rules as we compete for the Championship in the Grand-Am Rolex series sponsored by Crown Royal Cask 16.”
The penalty means Montoya, Memo Rojas and Scott Pruett lead the drivers' standings, Chip Ganassi Racing leads the teams' standings and Lexus leads the manufacturers' title chase.