Drivers arrive at Le Mans from Texas, Berlin races

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This weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans features a number of drivers who were in action this weekend at either Texas Motor Speedway for the Verizon IndyCar Series’ Rainguard Water Sealers 600, or at the Tempelhof Airport circuit for the FIA Formula E Championship’s Berlin ePrix doubleheader.

Here’s how they fared this weekend:

INDYCAR (4)

  • Tony Kanaan, finished 2nd, missed scrutineering due to required ACO Simulator session; will share No. 68 Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA Ford GT with Dirk Mueller, Joey Hand in GTE-Pro
  • Scott Dixon, finished 9th (contact), arrived for scrutineering; will share No. 69 Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA Ford GT with Richard Westbrook, Ryan Briscoe in GTE-Pro
  • Mikhail Aleshin, finished 14th (contact), arrived for scrutineering; will share No. 27 SMP Racing Dallara P217 Gibson with Sergey Sirotkin, Victor Shaytar in LMP2
  • Townsend Bell, called race for NBCSN, arrived for scrutineering; will share No. 62 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GTE with Cooper MacNeil, Bill Sweedler in GTE-Am

FIA FORMULA E (9)

  • Felix Rosenqvist, finished 1st and 2nd, arrived for scrutineering; will share No. 21 DragonSpeed – 10Star Oreca 07 Gibson with Henrik Hedman, Ben Hanley in LMP2
  • Sebastien Buemi, excluded, then 1st, arrived for scrutineering; will share No. 8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid with Anthony Davidson, Kazuki Nakajima in LMP1
  • Lucas di Grassi, finished second and third, arrived for scrutineering; will share No. 51 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE with James Calado, Alessandro Pier Guidi in GTE-Pro
  • Jose Maria Lopez, finished fourth and fifth, arrived for scrutineering; will share No. 9 Toyota TS050 Hybrid with Stephane Sarrazin, Yuji Kunimoto in LMP1
  • Stephane Sarrazin, finished 11th and 14th, arrived for scrutineering; will share No. 9 Toyota TS050 Hybrid with Jose Maria Lopez, Yuji Kunimoto in LMP1
  • Jean-Eric Vergne, finished eighth and sixth, arrived for scrutineering; will share No. 24 CEFC Manor TRS Racing Oreca 07 Gibson with Tor Graves and Jonathan Hirschi in LMP2
  • Sam Bird, finished seventh and seventh, arrived for scrutineering; will share No. 71 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE with Davide Rigon, Miguel Molina in GTE-Pro
  • Nelson Piquet Jr., finished 12th and 12th, arrived for scrutineering; will share No. 13 Vaillante Rebellion Oreca 07 Gibson with David Heinemeier Hansson and Mathias Beche in LMP2
  • Nicolas Prost, finished fifth and eighth, arrived for scrutineering; will share No. 31 Vaillante Rebellion Oreca 07 Gibson with Bruno Senna and Julien Canal in LMP2

#lemans24 here we are! Thanks for all the kindness!! Merci!!

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Gabby Chaves to sub for Joao Barbosa at Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen

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Gabby Chaves is set to return to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Watkins Glen International later this month.

The Columbian-American driver, who last competed in IMSA in 2016 – with the DeltaWing outfit – will sub for the injured Joao Barbosa – he hurt his wrist in a cycling accident earlier in June – in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen.

Chaves will partner Filipe Albuquerque and Christian Fittipaldi in the No. 5 Cadillac.

Chaves expressed gratitude for being asked to fill in, but kept his enthusiasm muted, noting that he is getting the opportunity ultimately because another driver got hurt.

“The first thing is of course that you never want to have an opportunity because someone got hurt, so this is an unfortunate circumstance with Joao having his injury,”said Chaves. “But I appreciate the opportunity to join the championship-leading team. Mustang Sampling Racing has had a strong start this year and hopefully I can help the team continue to have those kinds of results.”

Chaves added, “I love Watkins Glen, it is a great track and I am looking forward to racing the Cadillac Prototype there. I’m excited to be going back to endurance racing. With different classes all racing at the same time, there is a lot for the driver to deal with as you work through traffic. So I am looking forward to racing at the Glen again, and I really appreciate this opportunity with Mustang Sampling Racing.”

Chaves’ most recent IMSA event was the 2016 Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen, when he finished seventh in the Prototype class.

The No. 5 Action Express Cadillac currently sits tied with the sister No. 31 Whelen Engineer Racing Cadillac of Eric Curran and Felipe Nasr atop the IMSA standings, though Barbosa’s hopes of a driver’s championship are set to take an enormous hit with him missing Watkins Glen.

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