IndyCar drivers either ride-hunting in Daytona, or awaiting their own testing

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The Roar Before the Rolex 24 test already features a wealth of Verizon IndyCar Series drivers on hand, with 13 of the 33 starters in the 2014 Indianapolis 500 already competing.

But there are more. A bevy more.

Indeed brothers Justin and Stefan Wilson, Josef Newgarden and Tristan Vautier, and potentially more, are all on the ground here in Daytona trying to find rides for the race.

Although there is a car count reduction, the bigger issue for this quartet and a number of others is the reduced number of paid opportunities – regardless of class.

As for several of the drivers with confirmed rides, MotorSportsTalk checked in with them to see when they’ll be getting back to their day jobs.

Graham Rahal are Jack Hawksworth are expected to test in early February, with Hawksworth telling MST he will be one of a bevy of drivers testing at NOLA Motorsports Park.

Newgarden, too, is also set for early February testing with CFH Racing. The identity of Newgarden’s road and street course teammate at CFH is still yet to be determined.

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


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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