‘Big Daddy’ Don Garlits, Joe Amato among 8 NHRA legends who will drag race again


Big Daddy” Don Garlits, Joe Amato and six other legends still to be revealed will be back behind the wheel and drag racing during the upcoming 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, to be held March 14-17.

The NHRA is calling the promotion “Unfinished Business” and will reveal the six other legends that will take part between now and January 31, with two names to be announced per week until the final two names are announced at month’s end.

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The third and fourth drivers in the field will be announced this week.

The eight drivers will compete in identically prepared Toyota Camrys, with each car to be wrapped in graphics “to emulate looks inspired by some of the drivers’ favorite rides” in their respective careers, according to an NHRA media release.

Once all eight drivers and graphic packages are revealed, fans will then be able to vote to determine first-round pairings they would like to see.

Joe Amato/AllSport photos.

We are all excited to see the legends of NHRA go head-to-head in heated competition,” NHRA president Glen Cromwell said in a media release. “We’ve been celebrating these icons of the sport for the last year leading up to the Gatornationals and this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see them on the track.”

Follow the hashtag #UnfinishedBusiness on NHRA’s social media pages and also on NHRA.com for updates.

Check out the NHRA videos announcing Garlits’ and Amato’s participation in the event:

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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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