Scott Dixon tops speed charts in second practice for Grand Prix of Long Beach

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Scott Dixon set the fastest lap of the weekend so far with an elapsed time of 1 minute, 7.7940 seconds in the second practice session for the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach Friday afternoon.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver led Ryan Hunter-Reay, the fastest in practice 1, by a margin of 0.0494 seconds in a session which saw the top 19 drivers all separated by less than a second.

Dixon’s teammate, Felix Rosenqvist. was third fastest with a time of 1 minute, 7.8867 seconds, followed by Team Penkse’s Josef Newgarden and Patricio O’Ward’s Carlin Racing Chevrolet. 2018 Long Beach champion Alexander Rossi finished the session 6th fastest.

Some surprising names were to be found further down in the practice results. Will Power finished the session 14th fastest, and last weekend’s winner, Takuma Sato, finished the session 18th quickest.

Three-time Long Beach winner Sebastien Bourdais ended the session 19th quickest, though with a third practice session tomorrow morning, don’t be surprised to see all three drivers find speed and qualify towards the front of the pack during NTT P1 qualifying tomorrow afternoon.

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The 45 minute practice session was stopped only once, when the reg flag came out with 23 minutes remaining due to Matheus Leist stalling in turn 9. The green flag came back 5 minutes later after crews removed Leist’s A.J. Foyt Racing machine from the racing surface.

Full Practice 2 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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