Will Power paces IndyCar Classic Practice 2 at COTA

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Will Power posted the fastest lap in the second practice session for the IndyCar Classic at Circuit of the Americas with a lap of 1 minute, 47.440 seconds bettering his first session time of 1:49.738.

Power outpaced rookie Felix Rosenqvist (1:47.615) by .175 seconds.

Alexander Rossi, who was second in Practice 1, posted the third fastest time of 1:47.931.

Ryan Hunter-Reay (1:48.121) and Ed Jones (1:48.160) rounded out the top five.

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There were no major incidents during Practice 2, but it took most of the session to get Colton Herta’s engine changed from his first session incident.

Immediately following Practice 2, IndyCar added 30 minutes to the clock for pit stop practice.

Simon Pagenaud (1:48.333) posted the fastest time in the pit stop / warmup practice, followed by Herta (1:48.434), Rossi (1:48.867), Rosenqvist (1:49.374) and Marco Andretti (1:49.511).

James Hinchcliffe spun off course at the end of that session in Turn 19 to bring out a red flag.

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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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