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Phoenix IndyCar winner will receive inaugural A.J. Foyt Champions Trophy

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It’s been 52 years since A.J. Foyt won the first open-wheel race – and the first race of any type – to be held at the then-brand-new Phoenix International Raceway on March 22, 1964.

And now, with the Verizon IndyCar Series returning to PIR for the first time since 2005 this weekend, it’s fitting that Foyt once again figures into PIR’s rich legacy.

Foyt and PIR track president Bryan R. Sperber were joined by Hulman & Company CEO Mark Miles, as well as drivers Graham Rahal and Ed Carpenter, to unveil the A.J. Foyt Champions Trophy, which will be awarded to the winner of Saturday night’s Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix at PIR.

Foyt not only won the inaugural open-wheel race (under USAC sanction at the time) at PIR, he went on to compile a record of 14 starts (USAC and CART combined), one win, four top-five and six top-10 finishes at the one-mile oval in the desert.

Foyt would go on to win a record 67 Indy car races and seven IndyCar championships as a driver. That included winning the Indianapolis 500 a record four times (1961, 1964, 1967 and 1977), a mark later tied by Al Unser and Rick Mears.

He won the ‘500 one other time in 1999 as a team owner and the IndyCar championship in 1998, both with Kenny Brack.

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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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