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IMSA: Rick Ware Racing withdraws from Rolex 24 in LMP2

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Rick Ware Racing announced Monday the pullout of its No. 2 Multimatic/Riley from the LMP2 class for this weekend’s Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona.

Two of RWR’s four drivers slated for the Rolex 24 had left the team after the Roar before the Rolex test session two weeks ago.

“With regret, and due in large part to circumstances outside the team’s control regarding driver combination and the funding required to be competitive at the top of the class, RWR is withdrawing from this week’s Rolex 24 hours of Daytona,” Rick Ware Racing said in a release. “The team is not willing to compromise the overall season goals to show up with any intention other than to be prepared to come out on top.”

The team said it would be focusing on the Asian Le Mans Series, where it leads the points standings in the LMP2-AM category after a 1-2 finish in the most recent race.

Rick Ware Racing still is planning to field four cars in the Daytona 500 next month and three full-time cars in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2020. The team said it hopes to have a full-time entry in IMSA after the Rolex 24.

The withdrawal reduces the field for the 58th running of the Rolex 24 to 38 cars. Down from 47 entries last year, it already was the fewest number of starters in the race’s history (the previous low was 42 in 1962, its second year).

Will Power nips Jack Harvey at finish to pace Road America practice

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Will Power led the only IndyCar Road America practice of the weekend Saturday, shooting to the top of the chart on his 22nd and final lap of the session at 1 minute, 46.0021 seconds in his No. 12 Dallara-Chevrolet.

Dixon knocked Jack Harvey’s No. 60 Dallara-Honda from the top spot (which would have marked the first time that a Meyer-Shank Racing car led practice).

Josef Newgarden, Power’s Team Penske teammate, was third, followed by Felix Rosenqvist and Ryan Hunter-Reay (who went off course late in the session but sustained no damage).

Alex Palou, Colton Herta, Graham Rahal, defending race winner Alexander Rossi and Pato O’Ward rounded out the top 10 in the practice that preceded a Saturday-Sunday race weekend doubleheader for IndyCar at Road America.

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IndyCar tested some new cooling devices with cars from Andretti Autosport, Chip Ganassi Racing and Team Penske. Several drivers have said the cockpit heat caused by the new aeroscreen was stifling during last week’s GMR Grand Prix, and IndyCar repositioned drink bottles this weekend to keep liquids cool

Scott Dixon, who is seeking to open the season with his third consecutive IndyCar victory, was 15th fastest at the Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, road course. Other notables in Road America practice: Marco Andretti (12th), Simon Pagenaud (19th).

Power is aiming for his second consecutive pole position after qualifying first last week on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

Qualifying for the REV Group Grand Prix Race #1 will take place at 2:15 p.m. ET (NBCSNNBC Sports Gold).

The broadcast of the IndyCar race at Road America will begin at 5 p.m. on NBCSN.