Hunter-Reay fastest in first practice for Grand Prix of Long Beach

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No. 28 was number one in the first NTT IndyCar Series practice session for the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach on Friday morning.

2010 Long Beach winner Ryan Hunter-Reay set the fastest lap of the session with an elapsed time of 1 minute, 7.9335 seconds around the 1.968-mile street circuit, with Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon finishing the session second-fastest with a time of 1 minute, 8.1039 seconds.

Circuit of the Americas race winner Colton Herta, who picked up sponsorship from local taco restaurant chain King Taco, finished the session third-fastest, and Graham Rahal finished the first practice session of the weekend fourth quickest.

Defending race winner Alexander Rossi finished first practice fifth, but the Andretti Autosport driver ended the session early when his No. 27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda cut a left front tire.

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Honda power swept the top seven positions on the leaderboard, with James Hinchcliffe and Felix Rosenqvist finishing sixth and seventh, respectively. The trio of Team Penske Chevrolets of Simon Pagenaud, Josef Newgarden and Will Power rounded out the top 10.

The second scheduled IndyCar practice session for the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach will take place on Friday evening at 5:00 pm E.T. and will be streamed live on NBC Sports Gold.

Full Practice 1 results 

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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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