Elliott’s spotter, Eddie D’Hondt, was arrested on 12 Might in Catawba County, North Carolina, after he was served a warrant and charged with two misdemeanour offences: battery of an unborn baby and assault of a feminine.
It stays unclear presently whether or not the circumstances related to the unique arrest of D’Hondt, 62, are nonetheless ongoing.
NASCAR officers stated that D’Hondt is suspected of violating sections of its rulebook by failing to report his arrest on a legal cost inside 72 hours and he has due to this fact been suspended.
Hendrick Motorsports has additionally carried out comparable motion and issued the next assertion on Wednesday morning: “We grew to become conscious of the scenario this morning and have instantly and indefinitely suspended Mr D’Hondt’s position with our firm.
“We’re taking this matter very severely and can proceed to hunt further details about the alleged incident.”
HMS stated a substitute spotter for Elliott for this weekend’s NASCAR occasion at Charlotte Motor Speedway has but to be decided.
D’Hondt has acted as a spotter for Elliott ever since he made his full-time NASCAR Cup debut in 2016.
Throughout that point, Elliott has taken 12 wins, culminating in successful final season’s crown.
He sits fifth on this 12 months’s standings after the opening 14 races, having received on the Circuit of the Americas final weekend and has additionally taken three different podiums.
D’Hondt additionally acts as a spotter within the NASCAR Xfinity and Vans classes.
Previous to working alongside Elliott, he had been a spotter for plenty of different drivers, together with former champions Jeff Gordon and Kyle Busch.
He started his profession in NASCAR in 1981 driving Avenue Shares machines and progressed to plenty of completely different roles, together with managing and proudly owning groups.
D’Hondt teamed up with Invoice and Bob Riley to type Riley-D’Hondt Motorsports for 2007 however the staff solely contested one Cup occasion that 12 months and the partnership proved shortlived.
The staff additionally made a single outing with Busch as driver in 2008.
D’Hondt then had a short spell working with Randy Humphrey in 2010 to area two entries, earlier than later changing into a full-time spotter with Hendrick.