DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - This is likely not how Jimmie Johnson's No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports team wished to start the 2012 season.
NASCAR on Friday confiscated the "C posts" - an area of sheet metal between the roof and side windows - from the No. 48 team's Daytona 500 car during the inspection process.
NASCAR said the parts had been modified beyond what is allowed in the 2012 rulebook and would take the parts to its research and development center in Concord, N.C., for further study.
Any possible penalties will not be announced until sometime after the Feb. 26 Daytona 500.
The No. 48 team was allowed to fix the area of the car and replace the C-posts. The first practice for the Daytona 500 is scheduled for Saturday morning. Qualifying is 1 p.m. Sunday.