BorgWarner extends turbocharger partnership with IndyCar through 2020

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BorgWarner on Wednesday announced that it has extended its current agreement to be the Official Turbocharger Partner of the IndyCar Series through the 2020 season.

BorgWarner’s Engineered For Racing (EFR) Turbocharger has been a staple in the series since the company and IndyCar formed their first partnership in 2012.

Since then, according to a company media release, its turbochargers “have completed more than 1.25 million trouble-free miles” on high-speed ovals, road courses, street courses and short ovals.

“BorgWarner is honored to continue its partnership with IndyCar and the IndyCar Series, America’s premier open-wheel racing series,” BorgWarner vice president Scott Gallett said in a media release.

“Our EFR turbochargers are the perfect match for IndyCar, with their advanced engineering, low weight and proven durability, they truly are engineered for racing,” Gallett added.

The new extension is the latest chapter of a long-running relationship between BorgWarner and Indianapolis Motor Speedway that dates back to 1936, highlighted by the annual awarding of the $3.5 million BorgWarner Trophy to each year’s winner of the Indianapolis 500.

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Keating stripped of Le Mans GTE-Am win; No. 68 Ganassi entry also disqualified


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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