Angelle Sampey celebrates her most recent win in 2016. Photo: NHRA

NHRA: Three-time Pro Stock Motorcycle champ Angelle Sampey joins Vance & Hines

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For more than two decades, Vance & Hines has been one of the premier teams in NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle racing.

And now, three-time PSM champion Angelle Sampey will join her longtime rivals, being added to Vance & Hines’ powerful batting order.

The Santa Fe Springs, California organization announced this week that Sampey will ride a Screamin’ Eagle Harley-Davidson Street Rod in 2019, joining new teammates Andrew Hines and Eddie Krawiec.

How strong will that make the now three-rider team? Hines, Krawiec and Sampey have combined for 12 championships and 137 national event wins in their overall careers. In addition to her three championships, Sampey has amassed 42 national event wins by herself, making her the most successful female competitor in all forms of motorsports.

For now, Sampey will sport V&H colors in the first four races of the PSM schedule, beginning with the 50th Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Florida, March 14-17. Sampey will be termed a “showcase” rider at Gainesville, the two Four-Wide events at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and zMAX Dragway in suburban Charlotte, as well as the Southern Nationals in suburban Atlanta.

It’s unclear how many more races Sampey will compete in after the first quarter of the 16-race PSM national event schedule.

“It’s surreal to be getting ready to race one of these Harleys after lining up against them for so many years,” Sampey told National Dragster’s Kevin McKenna, who first broke the story. “I’m so motivated to get out there and see what I can do on the same bike as Eddie and Drew (Hines).”

Added V&H founder and former PSM great Terry Vance, “I’m truly thrilled for Angelle to have this opportunity to run with us on the Harley-Davidson Street Rod. No question, Angelle has been one of the toughest riders we’ve battled with for so many seasons out on the track. I have so much respect for her and what she has accomplished in this class, and I’m really looking forward to seeing her give the boys a run for their money on the Harley.”

Sampey first began racing on the NHRA PSM circuit more than 20 years ago in 1996. After winning three consecutive PSM championships from 2000-2002, she took a nearly decade-long hiatus from the sport to start a family. She returned to competitive racing part-time in 2015. Her most recent win was in 2016 at Englishtown, New Jersey.

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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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