NASCAR will not penalize Penske Racing driver Brad Keselowski for his use of Twitter during the Daytona 500 Monday.
During a red flag period at while track workers cleaned up the carnage from a collision between driver Juan Pablo Montoya and a jet dryer, the field was stopped along the backstretch at Daytona International Speedway. Keselowski began tweeting while setting in his racecar.
Later after the drivers had been allowed to exit their cars, Keselowski continued to Tweet. By the end of the red flag period, his Tweets had been mentioned on TV and he gained over 100,000 new followers.
Tuesday morning some in the media questioned whether allowing a driver to carry a cell phone during a race could be illegal under NASCAR’s rule prohibiting any type of communication or recording device other than a team radio.
Tuesday afternoon, NASCAR released a statement, ironically via Twitter, and said they would not take any action against Keselowski”
Nothing we’ve seen from Brad violates any current rules pertaining to the use of social media during races. As such, he won’t be penalized.
We encourage our drivers to use social media to express themselves as long as they do so without risking their safety or that of others.
NASCAR did secretly fine drivers for statements made on Twitter that they considered detrimental to the sport, but announced in January that they would stop that practice. Keselowski finished 32nd in Monday’s rain delayed Daytona 500 after crashing.
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