Originally Posted by Inmem58
An engine with lighter connecting rods can accelerate faster than one with heavier connecting rods. Less rotating mass. If it was just "1" rod I don't see a big difference in acceleration speed, but all 8 rods can be very significant.
Even if it was one rod and there was no significant differences, NASCAR takes engine penalties very serious, this will hurt Toyotas reputation as well.
That is a harsh penalty considering Toyota builds JGR's engines.
Agreed, one thing you cannot mess with in NASCAR - is the engine...
Kenseth should be ok. One more win and he will be locked into the Chase.
Statement from TRD (Toyota Racing Development)
“During NASCAR’s routine post-race tear down of Matt Kenseth’s race-winning car and engine from Kansas Speedway, one of our engine connecting rods weighed in three grams under the legal minimum weight of 525 grams. None of the other seven connecting rods were found to be under the minimum weight. We take full responsibility for this issue with the engine used by the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) team this past Sunday in Kansas — JGR is not involved in the process of selecting parts or assembling the Cup Series engines. It was a simple oversight on TRD’s part and there was no intent to deceive, or to gain any type of competitive advantage. Toyota is a company that was built on integrity, and that remains one of the guiding principles of the company. The goal of TRD has always been — and will continue to be — to build high-performance engines that are reliable, durable and powerful, and within the guidelines established by NASCAR.”
T.R.D., U.S.A. (Toyota Racing Development)
The statement sounds more like TRD will be picking up the tab.