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It’ll be a Celebration at Indy 500 Carb Day with Kool & The Gang, Foreigner

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Carb Day for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 will have an added dimension of sound over and above the sound of race cars on Friday, May 26.

Rock band Foreigner will highlight the Miller Lite Carb Day concert at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

And on Tuesday, the opening act for the concert was announced, with legendary funk, R&B and pop stalwarts Kool & The Gang set to take the stage inside Turn 4 of the IMS oval at 3:30 p.m. ET on Friday, May 24.

“Kool & the Gang is a great addition to our Miller Lite Carb Day lineup,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “Like Foreigner, Kool & the Gang puts on a great show filled with songs everyone knows and loves.

“With a fun combination of funk and rock legends on the same bill along with plenty of thrilling wheel-to-wheel action on track, this will be one of the most enjoyable days of the year for so many fans at IMS.”

Kool & The Gang will be celebrating its 50th year together in 2019, having released its first album in 1969.

However, the band’s original founders, brothers Ronald and Robert “Kool” Bell, actually formed the groundwork for Kool & The Gang five years earlier and performed under a variety of names including the Jazziacs, The New Dimensions, The Soul Town Band and Kool & the Flames before settling on what would become their legendary moniker.

Among hits Kool & The Gang have is their biggest hit, “Celebration,” along with “Cherish,” “Jungle Boogie,” “Summer Madness,” “Ladies Night,” “Too Hot” and “Open Sesame.” They’ve earned two Grammy Awards, seven American Music Awards, 25 Top Ten R&B hits, nine Top Ten Pop hits and 31 gold and platinum albums.

General Admission prices for the concert start at $30. Special Concert Pit access also is available for an additional $20, and a limited number of VIP Deck tickets are available for $250.

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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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