Hendrick Motorsports’ General Manager issued a public “big apology” to Chip Ganassi Racing on Friday (June 4) for the mechanical failures that resulted in CGR’s two Cup cars finishing in the last two spots of Sunday’s (May 30) Coca-Cola 600.
Ganassi is part of a technical alliance with Hendrick. While Hendrick Motorsports won the race with Kyle Larson and put all four of its cars in the top five, Ross Chastain finished 37th and Kurt Busch finished 38th.
Jeff Andrews made his comments on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
“We owe a big apology to them because we let them down in a big, big way with both of their cars over there the other night,” Andrews said. “There’s some corrections we’ve made to the issues we’ve had there with the front drive system.
“Really, just got exposed in the particular situation in that environment. We’ve made adjustments there and we’re moving forward and working closely with those guys and staying in touch with them on exactly what happened.
“But that was 100% on us. That had nothing to do with anything in their raecars or particularly their teams or vehicles. That was 100% on our group there. We own that one. … We owe them a lot better than what we did over there Sunday night.”
Both Ganassi cars spent significant time in the garage following similar mechanical problems. Chastain was able to return to the race, but only completed 359 laps.
Busch’s engine expired as he attempted to return to the track on lap 174, causing a caution.
“The car lost power steering and I saw the oil pressure drop, not much warning of any issues,” Busch said after he was eliminated from the race. “We thought we made repairs to carry on, but apparently the damage was done and forced us out of the race early.”
Entering this weekend’s event at Sonoma Raceway (June 6), both Ganassi cars are outside the playoff field. Busch is 19th and Chastain sits in 21st.
— SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Ch. 90) (@SiriusXMNASCAR) June 4, 2021