NASCAR reinstates suspended MWR executive Norris
NASCAR has reinstated suspended Michael Waltrip Racing executive Ty Norris.
Norris was suspended indefinitely in September after the race team was caught trying to manipulate the finish of a Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway. Norris was heard on radio ordering driver Brian Vickers to pit to help teammate Martin Truex Jr.'s finishing position.
The fallout from the scandal cost Truex a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, MWR was fined $300,000 and Truex's sponsor, NAPA, left the organization. The team was forced to lay off 15 percent of its workforce, and Norris was demoted from general manager to executive director for business development.
He no longer spots in a NASCAR national series. NASCAR says Norris remains on probation.
Norris released this statement on his reinstatement:
“I appreciate NASCAR’s action today and respect their position. 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.”