Following his arrest, Chase Elliott’s spotter, Eddie D’Hondt was indefinitely suspended by Hendrick Motorsports on Wednesday.
D’Hondt was charged with misdemeanor battery of an unborn child and misdemeanor assault of a female and arrested on May 12 in Catawba County, N.C. It remains unclear at this time whether the cases connected to the original arrest of D’Hondt, 62, are still ongoing.
Having failed to report his arrest on a criminal charge within 72 hours, NASCAR suspended the spotter for violation of sections of its rulebook.
Following the arrest, Hendrick Motorsports released a statement:
“We became aware of the situation this morning and have immediately and indefinitely suspended Mr. D’Hondt’s role with our company. We are taking this matter very seriously and will continue to seek additional information about the alleged incident.”
HMS also has not decided on the replacement for Elliott for the upcoming Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
D’Hondt has been Elliott’s spotter since the HMS No. 9 driver made his Cup Series debut in 2016. Together, they have won 12 races, including the 2020 Championship race.