MWR Executive Ty Norris Reinstated After 2013 SuspensionBy Bob Pockrass Sporting News
NASCAR has reinstated Michael Waltrip Racing executive Ty Norris, who spent 10 races on indefinite suspension for his role in manipulating the finish of the Sept. 7 race at Richmond International Raceway last year.
Norris, who was the MWR general manager but now focuses on sponsorship and the commercial side of the business with no role in competition, also had served as spotter for driver Brian Vickers last year.
Near the end of the race at Richmond, MWR driver Clint Bowyer spun, bringing out a late caution flag. Norris later instructed Vickers to come down pit road under green, losing positions that helped Martin Truex Jr. earn a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
NASCAR determined that MWR manipulated the finish of the race, docking each of the drivers 50 points and knocking Truex out of the Chase. It also fined the team a record $300,000 and indefinitely suspended Norris.
NAPA, the sponsor for Truex, later pulled its sponsorship from the organization, which has turned the Truex team into a research-and-development group that will only race occasionally in 2014.
Lifting the suspension allows Norris to return to the racetrack. He is expected to be at the track but with no plans to work as a spotter. He will remain focused on MWR's sponsors.
“I appreciate NASCAR’s action today and respect their position,” Norris said in a statement. “I am focused forward and dedicated to the success of Michael Waltrip Racing and the continued growth of a sport that has been my home for the past 24 years.”
Norris will remain on NASCAR probation indefinitely. http://www.sportingnews.com/nascar/stor ... suspension