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Stroll confirmed for Rolex 24 with Jackie Chan DCR Jota

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Williams Formula 1 driver Lance Stroll will return to Daytona International Speedway in January for his second entry to the Rolex 24, teaming up with Jackie Chan DCR Jota.

Stroll, 19, made his F1 debut with Williams at the start of the year, having previously made his sports car racing debut at Daytona in 2016 with Chip Ganassi Racing.

After finishing his maiden F1 season 11th overall in the final drivers’ standings, Stroll will now head to Daytona alongside Felix Rosenqvist, Robin Frijns and Daniel Juncadella in a two-car effort from DCR Jota.

“We are going to Daytona to enjoy, compete and of course try and win. I always want to be best and most competitive I can be,” Stroll said.

“I’ll be out there with some of my buddies in the same car and it is going to be a pleasure to do this race again as I just love to race. We are the four young guns so it will be great fun I’m sure because we go way back together.

“A big part of Daytona is who you share the car with so I’m really looking forward to it. There won’t be any fuel or tire management to worry about, and it will be racing hard and racing in traffic which I will enjoy.

“I’ve heard a lot of great things about the Jackie Chan DCR JOTA team so I can’t wait to be a part of it.

“I am really grateful to Williams Martini Racing for realizing I want to keep my racing sharpness through the winter and letting me race at Daytona.”

With Stroll, Rosenqvist, Frijns and Juncadella in one car, the second will feature drivers from DC Racing’s FIA World Endurance Championship line-up.

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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