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IMS chairman emeritus Mari Hulman George visitation, funeral services announced

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Services for Hulman & Company and Indianapolis Motor Speedway Chairman of the Board Emeritus Mari Hulman George have been announced.

Hulman George, one of the most powerful women in the motorsports world, passed away Saturday at the age of 83.

It was under her nearly 30-year leadership that saw significant growth in terms of the number of events held at the Speedway, including NASCAR’s Brickyard 400, Formula One’s U.S. Grand Prix (2002-2007), IndyCar’s Indianapolis Grand Prix and more.

Visitation will take place Wednesday from Noon to 8 p.m. ET at Callahan & Hughes Funeral Home, 605 South 25th Street, Terre Haute, Indiana.

There will also be visitation Thursday from 10 a.m. to Noon ET at St. Benedict Catholic Church, 111 South 9th Street, in Terre Haute.

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A Mass of Christian Burial will begin shortly after Thursday’s visitation at St. Benedict’s. Father Martin Day and Father Mike Welch will officiate.

Private burial will occur at Calvary Cemetery in Terre Haute.

The Hulman George Family has requested that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org) or to the charity of the giver’s choice.

To read more memorial tributes and additional funeral information, click here to visit Callahan & Hughes’ web site.

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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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