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IMSA announces 2019 NBCSN broadcast schedules for support, single-make series

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28 races from four different series to be televised on NBCSN

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – As fans get ready for IMSA’s 50th Anniversary season in 2019, they can start marking their calendars to watch their favorite IMSA Challenge and Single-Make series in 2019 as the sanctioning body, in conjunction with NBC, today announced the broadcast schedule for four series.

As part of the IMSA’s new agreement with the NBC Sports Group, 28 races from the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, IMSA Prototype Challenge, Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama and the Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America will be shown on NBCSN throughout the season.

The IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge broadcasts will be two hours in length while the other three will be one-hour shows. One of the highlights of the schedule will be the broadcasts will be shown closer to the date of the race making it better for fans to relive all the action from these races.

“Our fans are passionate about these series and when we were looking for a new broadcast partner, we wanted to ensure they would be able to watch these races,” IMSA Vice President, Marketing David Pettit said. “The fact that these broadcasts will take place closer to the actual race date and that they are all on NBCSN is a win for all of our fans as they help us celebrate our 50th Anniversary season.”

The first of these 28 broadcasts will take place on Tuesday, January 15 when the IMSA Prototype Challenge race from Daytona International Speedway will be shown on NBCSN at 5 p.m. EST.

Here’s the full broadcast schedule for each of the four series:

 

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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