NASCAR AMERICA: Crew chief Darian Grubb on working with Carl Edwards (VIDEO)

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How does one assess Joe Gibbs Racing’s 2014 season?

On one hand, Denny Hamlin nearly won the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship for them. But on the other, they only got two victories last year – Kyle Busch at Fontana, followed by Hamlin’s own at Talladega in the spring.

Perhaps with the latter issue weighing most heavily, JGR has opted to shuffle its crew chiefs for 2015. As part of that series of moves, Hamlin’s old CC, Darian Grubb (pictured, right), is now joining the team’s new No. 19 program as CC for Carl Edwards (pictured, left).

There’s plenty of intrigue surrounding JGR in its expansion to a four-car operation. With the CC shake-up, the team has shown that it won’t settle for mediocre performance. And Edwards is surely hungry to contend for a title after seeing his former Roush Fenway Racing team decline in recent years.

If he is to contend, he’ll need to have a good relationship with Grubb, who won the Cup as CC for Tony Stewart in 2011.

The driver that Grubb and Stewart beat that year? None other than ‘Cousin Carl’ himself. And on a tiebreaker, no less.

Today on NASCAR AMERICA, Grubb told NBCSN’s Kelli Stavast that he and Edwards have gotten along well early on in their partnership. The pairing officially got started with last month’s Goodyear tire test at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

“Luckily, we’ve known each other for a while,” Grubb explained. “Our kids are about the same age, so we spend a lot of time in the motorhome lot and on the playground. I feel pretty comfortable with him already. He’s really got a good personality, so it’s pretty easy to talk to him. We’ve learned a lot [from each other] already.”

For more of Grubb’s thoughts on working with Edwards and having to start with a new team after almost winning the 2014 title with Hamlin and the No. 11 squad, check out his full interview above.

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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