Napa, CA, May 8, 2014 -- The BTM Motorwerks team's appeal against the disqualification of driver Mike Sekhon from the Las Vegas round of the Nitto Tires United States Touring Car Championship has been heard and the results have been updated. After the race it was determined that the winning BMW of Sekhon did not have a working Traqmate data acquisition device during the race while some earlier sessions showed higher power levels than what the team declared. After a post race analysis by Traqmate and a dyno test, it was determined that there is sufficient reason to issue a penalty of fourth place but not enough to warrant a disqualification since the data was corrupted by a defective GPS antenna.
The decision means that Sekhon still has a very good chance to fight for the championship with five races remaining. "It is unfortunate that the antenna broke during the race but we look forward to having a strong remainder of the season," Team Principal, Brad McClure said afterwards. "We are disappointed about the outcome and would not have appealed if we did not have a strong case but we accept the ruling and are ready to move on," added McClure.