van der Garde not scared of Marussia

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Caterham driver Giedo van der Garde has dismissed rival team Marussia’s pace ahead of the 2013 Formula One season.

During an interview, the Dutch driver revealed he did not see the team as a threat.

“Not really. Marussia has progressed and Jules Bianchi is a fast guy who can adapt to a car in no time, but we have to wait until Melbourne to see where everyone stands.”

van der Garde will make his Formula One debut at the Australian Grand Prix in ten days time, but at 27, he is the oldest rookie. He does bring a wealth of experience to Caterham, but  opted to play down his early season chances.

“Don’t expect us to be fighting for the top ten straight away. But I do think we have a lot of potential. We will get a major upgrade in Spain, so from that race we should be able to make some big steps.”

Caterham struggled to impress during pre-season as they were consistently outpaced by Marussia, but they did manage to complete an extensive programme in preparation for 2013. The pressure will be on both van der Garde and Charles Pic to deliver this season, and Caterham will be keen to bridge the gap to the midfield. Since entering the sport in 2010, the team has failed to score any points, but with the grid appearing to be closer than ever, this could be a breakthrough season for Caterham.

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

IndyCar NASCAR doubleheader 2021
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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

INDYCAR AT IMS THIS WEEKEND: Harvest GP schedule, entry lists

IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.