Technical infraction gives CTSC Daytona win to No. 48 Fall-Line BMW (UPDATED)

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UPDATE (8 p.m. ET): A post-race technical infraction has given the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge season opener at Daytona International Speedway to the No. 48 Fall-Line Motorsports BMW M3 of Shelby Blackstock and Ashley Freiberg.

The Turner Motorsports No. 96 M3, driven by Bill Auberlen and Paul Dalla Lana, had finished first after overcoming an early pit exit violation and an off-sequence pit strategy.

But just after 7:30 p.m. ET tonight, IMSA confirmed on Twitter that it had stripped the overall and Grand Sport class wins from the Auberlen/Dalla Lana duo:

No additional details have been given about the No. 96’s infraction that has cost Auberlen and Dalla Lana the victory.

As a result, all finishers move up one spot. Blackstock and Freiberg are atop the new podium, followed by a second Fall-Line M3, the No. 46 (John Edwards/Trent Hindman), in P2, and the other Turner M3, the No. 97 (Tom Kimber-Smith, Michael Marsal), in third.

Freiberg, who made her Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge debut today, has now become the first female driver to win overall in the history of Daytona International Speedway.

A third Fall-Line car, the No. 47 driven by Spencer Pumpelly and Steven Bertheau, had originally finished in third position but was also assessed a post-race penalty for failing to serve a pit stop infraction.

Murillo Racing took the ST class win in its BMW 328i, with drivers Eric Foss and polesitter Jeff Mosing in the No. 56 entry. Bimmerworld’s No. 81 car of Tyler Cooke and Gregory Liefooghe finished second with the No. 24 Autometrics Motorsports Porsche Cayman of Cory Friedman and David Baum in third.

Five cautions peppered the two-hour, 30-minute race, and it ended under yellow.

Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.