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Chip Ganassi, Ford retain same driver lineups in IMSA, WEC

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Ford Chip Ganassi Racing, which fields a pair of Ford GT entries each in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the FIA World Endurance Championship, revealed the driver lineups across all of its teams will remain unchanged in 2018.

In IMSA, that means Joey Hand, Dirk Mueller, Richard Westbrook, and Ryan Briscoe all return, with Stefan Muecke, Olivier Pla, Andy Priaulx, and Harry Tincknell doing so in the WEC.

The 2017 campaigns were successful for both sides of the operation. Hand and Mueller took a pair of IMSA GTLM victories, including a triumph at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, while teammates Westbrook and Briscoe collected five GTLM podiums, including three second-place finishes.

On the WEC side, Priaulx and Tincknell also collected a pair of victories, with Muecke and Pla adding a podium of their own.

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Dutch Grand Prix becomes fourth Formula 1 race canceled this season

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ZANDVOORT, Netherlands — The Dutch Grand Prix became the fourth Formula One race canceled this season because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, after organizers decided Thursday they didn’t want to play host to an event without spectators.

It was to be the first Dutch GP since 1985, but F1 wants to start the season with no spectators at races.

“We would like to celebrate this moment, the return of Formula 1 in Zandvoort, together with our racing fans in the Netherlands,” race director Jan Lammers said in a statement. “We ask everyone to be patient. I had to look forward to it for 35 years, so I can wait another year.”

The race in Zandvoort was set for May 3 and initially postponed. Fans who bought tickets can use them next year.

The coastal circuit has been redesigned, with some corners banked to facilitate faster racing.

The other races canceled this year were the season-opening Australian GP on March 15; the Monaco GP on May 24; and the French GP on June 28.

Another six have been postponed.

F1 organizers still hope to reschedule those and hold 15 to 18 races this season, starting in July with back-to-back races at the Austrian GP.