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Five things to watch for in the DXC Technology 600

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Texas Motor Speedway has been on the NTT IndyCar Series schedule since its first full season in 1997, when Arie Luyendyk grabbed the checkered flag in the inaugural race. In 30 races on this track, 20 different drivers have visited Victory Lane. Six racers have multiple wins, led by Helio Castroneves with four.

Scott Dixon enters the weekend as the active driver with the most wins at three – a distinction he cannot lose Saturday night. With two wins to his credit, the best Will Power can do is tie Dixon at the top. Dixon’s latest win came last year; Power’s most recent was in 2017, so that will be one of the key battles to watch this weekend.

Here are some other storylines to keep an eye on:

  1. Alexander Rossi will go for a fourth consecutive top-five after finishing second in the Indy 500, second in the first Belle Isle race and fifth in Race 2.
  2. Simon Pagenaud has gotten progressively better in his last three Texas starts with a fourth in 2016, a third in 2017 and a runner-up finish last year. If the progression continues, Pagenaud will get his third win of the year and sweep the first two oval races of 2019.
  3. Scott Dixon has won two of the last four races at Texas, including last year’s DXC Technology 600. In 30 races, no one has posted back-to-back wins there. Notably, both of those aforementioned wins for Dixon came after starting seventh.
  4. Can Sebastien Bourdais right his course? Since scoring back to back top-five finishes at COTA and Barber, he has only one top-10 (a ninth last week in Belle Isle’s second race) and an average finish of 13.9.
  5. Lately, qualifying has not been particularly important at Texas. Over the last seven races (2012-2018), all the winners have started from Row 3 or further back; the deepest win in this span came from the late Justin Wilson in 2012 after starting 17th. In contrast, the previous 11 races (Oct. 2003-2011) were all won from the first two rows.

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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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