Kaiser, Juncos get sponsor for Indy 500

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INDIANAPOLIS – From the moment team owner Ricardo Juncos arrived at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with an all-white car nicknamed the “White Rabbit,” he was hoping to attract a sponsor for the team’s effort in the Sunday’s 103rd Indianapolis 500 (11 am ET on NBC).

Indianapolis-based 250ok, an email intelligence platform, was impressed with the dramatic story of Juncos and driver Kyle Kaiser bumping its way into the field as the last car in the “Last Row Shootout.” The company will be the primary sponsor for Kyle Kaiser’s No. 32 Chevrolet entry in the Indy 500.

“We are thrilled to announce a highly innovative company like 250ok has joined our effort and will be our primary sponsor for the No. 32 Juncos Racing Indy 500 entry,” Juncos said. “When Greg (Kraios, CEO of 250ok) offered to support us, and we were connected over our personal journeys, we knew this sponsorship was meant to be. We both share the same values, commitments and goals, and I look forward to building our relationship with the 250ok team.”

Kraios, who grew up in Speedway, Indiana, is a lifelong race fan. He identified with Juncos’ story of working up from humble beginnings in Argentina to becoming an owner of an NTT IndyCar Series team.

Kraios experienced a similar journey, growing up in a working-class Indiana neighborhood, ultimately working at ExactTarget (now Salesforce) before founding his own technology company.

“After hearing Ricardo’s story, and knowing they were in need of a sponsor, I jumped at the opportunity,” Kraios said. “From our similar upbringings, supporting his hardworking and odds-defying team felt like a personal calling.”

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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