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Alexander Rossi fastest in third Long Beach practice

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Defending Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach champion Alexander Rossi was the fastest driver in Saturday morning’s IndyCar Series practice session on the Southern California street course.

The driver of the No. 27 Andretti Autosport Honda topped the speed charts with seconds remaining in the third practice session of the weekend, with an elapsed time of 1 minute, 7.0588 seconds.

Fellow Honda driver Graham Rahal was second fastest, 0.1278 seconds behind, in a practice session that saw 21 of the 23 competitors separated by less than a second.

Scott Dixon was third fastest with a time of 1 minute, 7.2257 seconds, followed by Ryan Hunter-Reay, who has shown speed all weekend. Simon Pagenaud’s Team Penske machine was the fastest Chevrolet-powered entry of the session, finishing fifth-fastest.

The 45-minute practice session saw several drivers lock up the brakes and stall in the runoff areas of the track, with drivers such as Will Power, Matheus Leist and Takuma Sato finding their way off course.

NTT Pole award qualifying is up next for the IndyCar Series, with qualifying scheduled to begin at 3:10 pm E.T. and will be broadcast live on NBCSN and NBC Sports Gold.

Full practice 3 results 

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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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