Red Bull GRC adds second Daytona race to schedule

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The Red Bull Global Rallycross season will grow by one with a second race at Daytona International Speedway this June. A release from the track is below:

The stakes at this year’s Red Bull Global Rallycross event at Daytona International Speedway on June 19-21 just got higher. Red Bull Global Rallycross and Daytona International Speedway officials have adjusted the race schedule on Father’s Day Weekend to include a second championship round.

Practice and qualifying will take place on Friday, June 19, followed by championship rounds on both Saturday, June 20 and Sunday, June 21. Each round will pay out points to the driver for the season-long championship.

“We’re excited to be able to add another championship round to the weekend schedule and grow this event,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “The inaugural Red Bull Global Rallycross in 2014 produced non-stop action on the course. To be able to add a second championship round for the 2015 event gives race fans another opportunity to see how exciting this form of racing can be.”

Red Bull Global Rallycross is returning to Daytona International Speedway for the second straight year. On Father’s Day Weekend, the stars of Red Global Rallycross will slide, bang and fly in manufacturer-backed entries such as Ford, Subaru and Volkswagen on portions of Daytona’s famed road course asphalt and a challenging dirt section. Red Bull Global Rallycross Supercars produce 600 horsepower and accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in less than two seconds.

Entering its fifth year, Red Bull Global Rallycross competes across the world in locations like Barbados, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC. Among the motorsports and action sports athletes that compete in Red Bull Global Rallycross are Ken Block, Bucky Lasek, Scott Speed, Nelson Piquet Jr. and Tanner Foust.

Red Bull Global Rallycross features an open paddock where fans are able to walk through the garages, engage the drivers and watch the mechanics wrench on the cars.

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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