Maine’s Red Bull Frozen Rush runs this weekend; airs in March on NBC Sports

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The Red Bull Signature Series will have one of its marquee events this weekend, the Red Bull Frozen Rush featuring 900-horsepower Pro4 trucks.

The event will be live streamed on Red Bull TV on January 9th at 12:30 pm via the Red Bull TV player at RedBull.com/frozenrush. As part of the series, a full length broadcast of Red Bull Frozen Rush airs Sunday, March 1 at 2:00 pm ET on NBC Sports.

Qualifying occurs this Thursday and the race itself runs on Friday from the Sunday River Ski Resort, a few hours north of Boston in Sunday River, Maine.

Ricky Johnson took the win a year ago, in the event featuring snow rather than the normal dirt, sand and gravel tracks that most off-road truck racers conquer.

“Winning the title last year was amazing, especially after going head to head with the best in the business.  It could have been anyone’s day, but I’m glad it was mine,” Johnson said in a release. “This year won’t be any easier.  Everyone wants that title now and like I said to Johnny (Greaves) last year… My a** is here, come kick it.”

Johnson will race against event veterans Bryce Menzies, Todd LeDuc, Johnny Greaves, Scott Douglas, Rob MacCachren and Carl Renezeder.

Additionally, decorated freestyle motocross rider turned off-road champion, Brian Deegan, young up-and-comer RJ Anderson and seasoned professional Chad Hord are newcomers to the event this year.

USAC will sanction the event; BFGoodrich will provide studded, specially designed Mud-Terrain tires.

More information is available at the event website.

Keating stripped of Le Mans GTE-Am win; No. 68 Ganassi entry also disqualified

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FIA stewards announced Monday that two Ford GT entries have been disqualified from this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, including the GTE-Am class-winning No. 85 entry from privateer Keating Motorsports.

Also DQ’d was the factory No. 68 Chip Ganassi Racing entry of Joey Hand, Dirk Mueller and Sebastien Bourdais, which initially finished fourth in the GTE-Pro class.

Both entries were found in violation of fuel capacity regulations, with the No. 85 entry also failing to meet the minimum refueling time during pit stops.

The refueling system on the No. 85 entry, driven by Ben Keating, Jeroen Bleekemolen and Felipe Fraga, measured a time of 44.4 seconds during a stop, just shy of the minimum required time of 45 seconds.

As a result, the team was initially issued a 55.2-second post-race penalty by officials, which elevated the No. 56 Team Project 1 Porsche 911 RSR of Joerg Bergmeister, Patrick Lindsey, and Egidio Perfetti to the class win.

The time penalty was calculated by the difference in the refueling time (0.6 seconds) multiplied by the amount of pit stops made by the team (23), then multiplied by four.

The No. 85 entry was set to finish second in class, but then received an outright DQ after its fuel capacity was also revealed to be 0.1 liters above the maximum permitted capacity of 96 liters.

As for Ganassi’s No. 68 entry, it was found to have a fuel capacity of 97.83 liters, which is above the maximum allowed capacity of 97 liters for the GTE-Pro Fords.

The No. 67 Ford of Andy Priaulx, Harry Tincknell, and Jonathan Bomarito subsequently moves up to fourth, and the No. 69 Ford of Scott Dixon, Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook moves up to fifth.

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