Bobby Rahal set for driving comeback in Classic 24 at Daytona

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His son Graham may be making all the headlines with his performance on-track in the Verizon IndyCar Series, but Bobby Rahal has earned a number of good headlines with the new team members he has assembled at Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.

However, come November, Bobby will be driving again.

He’ll do so in the Classic 24 Hour at Daytona, Nov. 12-15 at Daytona, co-driving a 1974 Porsche 911 RSR with automobile industry executive, Jim Farley, entered by RM Motorsports.

“The Classic 24 at Daytona was a race I wanted to be a part of from the first time I heard about it last year,” Rahal said in a release. “I have had the pleasure of winning the race in my career, and we are still trying to get a Rolex 24 victory with our BMW GTLM team, but being able to couple that with kind of a throwback step in time will be a lot of fun.

“I always enjoy the opportunity to compete with my friend, Jim Farley, and to be able to drive a 1970’s era Porsche 911 RSR seems like the perfect and iconic machine for the Classic 24. We are looking forward to the race and honored to be a part of it.”

The Classic 24 features six period-correct run groups rotating through a full 24 hours of racing on the 3.56-mile Daytona road course. The run groups, which include various classes of similar-era race cars, each take to the track four times throughout the 24 hours. The competitors in each class covering the most total distance in their group’s four sessions will be crowned Classic 24 at Daytona champions. More information is available at www.classic24hour.com.

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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