IndyCar: Carlos Munoz’s team penalized for Barber pit road infractions

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As if Carlos Munoz’s exit under caution during last weekend’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama wasn’t rough enough, his team has now been penalized for pit road infractions from that event.

Munoz’s No. 34 team, which runs as part of Andretti Autosport in collaboration with HVM Racing, has been tagged for two violations of the Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook and fined $2,000 as a result.

The sanctioning body found the team to have violated Rules (pit personnel not wearing proper attire) and (more than six crew members over the wall).

Munoz became the first of the IndyCar rookies to hit the podium in 2014 at Long Beach, but shortly after his first pit stop at Barber, he spun out and crashed on the short straight leading up to Turn 8.

His team was able to repair the suspension damage and get him back out for a handful of laps before he finished 23rd. More recently, he was 17th-quickest in Wednesday’s road course test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Kanaan, Dixon to rejoin Chip Ganassi Le Mans effort

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Both Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan will be rejoining Ford Chip Ganassi Racing as part of their four-car armada at the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans, the team revealed late last week. Both drivers contested the event last year, with Dixon in the No. 69 entry – finishing seventh in the GTE Pro class – while Kanaan replaced an injured Sebastien Bourdais in the No. 68 – finishing sixth in GTE Pro.

For Kanaan, this also represents a return to the Chip Ganassi organization, with which he contested the Verizon IndyCar Series from 2014 to 2017 before departing for A.J. Foyt Racing in 2018.

Kanaan will join Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell in the No. 67, while Dixon will reunite with Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook, the three drivers having won the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January, in the No. 69.

Stefan Mücke, Olivier Pla, and Billy Johnson will share the No. 66 entry, with Joey Hand, Dirk Müller, and Sebastien Bourdais in the No. 68.