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Drive-time penalties change Rolex 24 GTD running order

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A drive-time penalty for the No. 26 Montaplast by Land Motorsport driver Ricky Feller has elevated the No. 12 AIM Vasser-Sullivan team to second in GTD class results for the 2019 Rolex 24 at Daytona. The No. 88 WRT Speedstar Audi Sport entry was elevated to third.

The No. 29 was penalized for rule SSR 12.13.2, minimum and base drive-time that states “two drivers rated silver and/or bronze must individually achieve the minimum drive-time and each other driver (regardless of Driver rating) must individually drive the car for a base drive-time as listed in the SR or Car penalized in the drive-time penalty order priority.”

The No. 29 was originally credited with a second-place finish in class and 18th overall.

The minimum drive-time for the GTD class this year was 4 hours, 45 minutes. The base drive-time was 3 hours, 30 minutes. Both times were adjusted by a percentage commensurate to the time lost when the race was stopped for red flags.

NBC analyst Townsend Bell, Aaron Telitz, Jeff Segal and Frank Montecalvo drove the new second-place car.

The No. 88 was driven by Frederic Vervisch, Kelvin van der Linde, Ian James and Roman DeAngelis.

This marks the second consecutive year the No. 29 was penalized during the Rolex 24. Last year they were held for a five minutes in the 10th hour of the race for a fueling infraction.

The No. 63 and driver Toni Villander were also penalized for a drive-time infraction after finishing 14th in class (34th overall).

The No. 29 car has been moved to 22nd (46th overall) in the GTD race results with the No. 63 scored 23rd in GTD (47th overall).

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

IndyCar NASCAR doubleheader 2021
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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

INDYCAR AT IMS THIS WEEKEND: Harvest GP schedule, entry lists

IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.