Former Austin director joins American GP team

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Former Director of Facilities at the Circuit of the Americas, Marty Hunt, has joined the executive team behind the proposed Grand Prix of America, set to be held in New Jersey next season.

Hunt has taken up the role of Director of Race Operations for the race, and his experience in circuit management has made him a valuable asset to the team, according to race chairman Leo Hindery Jr.

“As we continue to get ready for 2014, I am pleased to welcome Marty Hunt as our newest senior executive,” Hindery explained in a statement. “Few people in our sport are as accomplished as Marty Hunt in getting the cars to the starting grid and giving the fans an exciting, safe race.”

Hunt has worked in motorsport for over two decades, and his arrival on the board suggests that the race is increasingly likely to go ahead. Bernie Ecclestone had cast doubt on the race earlier this year, claiming that he was unsure whether New Jersey would host the grand prix, but Hindery has not wavered from his determined stance for the race.

The race would be the second on the calendar in the USA, joining Hunt’s former employer, the Circuit of the Americas. It would most probably take up a slot in June, acting as part of a North American double-header with the Canadian Grand Prix.

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 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.

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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.