Force India to pick drivers by Indian Grand Prix

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Force India will make a decision on their driver line-up for next year around the time of the Indian Grand Prix at the end of the month.

Deputy team principal Bob Fernley told Autosport: “Our decision process is one that takes place around the Indian Grand Prix, it’s a shareholder decision and that’s always the timing for us.”

Both its current drivers have been with the team for several years. Paul di Resta joined in 2011 and Adrian Sutil has started every season Force India has competed in since it joined the sport in 2008, with the exception of last year. GP2 driver James Calado made his F1 debut for the team in practice for the Italian Grand Prix.

Force India are currently sixth in the world championship and are within range of fifth-placed McLaren which Fernley says makes them an attractive option for competitive drivers.

“You would be surprised how many good quality drivers there are but if you are being realistic,” he said, adding “there are probably three seats for four quality drivers”, referring to Force India’s two seats and the vacancy at Lotus created by Kimi Raikkonen’s move to Ferrari.

However he indicated the change in regulations next year will make it more attractive for teams not to change their driver line-ups: “”But nobody is going to be looking at a massive change for 2014.”

IndyCar race weekend doubleheader schedule at IMS road course

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The NTT IndyCar Series will return to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the third time this season but with a weekend schedule that will put the action in front of fans for the first time in 2020.

The track’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course will play host to IndyCar and sports cars series over four days. The action will begin Thursday with practice and concluding with an eight-hour race Sunday featuring the Intercontinental GT Challenge and GT World Challenge America.

The NTT IndyCar Series will hold a Friday-Saturday race doubleheader called the Harvest GP presented by GMR.

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The name is a nod to the Harvest Classic, which was held Sept. 9, 1916 to help the track stay solvent during World War I. The event had three races of 20, 50 and 100 miles (all won by Johnny Aitken) that was the only racing held outside May at IMS from 1911-93.

A limited crowd of 10,000 will be allowed each day this weekend, and those fans will be the first to experience new video boards, concession stands, restrooms and 5G wireless connectivity.

Here’s the IndyCar weekend schedule for Indianapolis Motor Speedway Harvest GP:

(All times are Eastern)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Thursday, Oct. 1

Noon — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America test session
2:25 p.m. — IndyCar practice (NBC Sports Gold)
6:20 p.m. — IndyCar qualifying for Harvest GP, Race 1 (NBC Sports Gold)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Friday, Oct. 2

10:20 a.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America practice
1:40 p.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America practice
3:30 p.m. — IndyCar Harvest GP, Race 1 (USA Network, NBC Sports Gold)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Saturday, Oct. 3

10:20 a.m. — IndyCar qualifying for Harvest GP, Race 2 (NBC Sports Gold)
12:10 p.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America qualifying
2:30 p.m. — IndyCar Harvest GP, Race 2 (NBC, NBC Sports Gold)
5:30 p.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America pole shootout

IndyCar weekend schedule: Sunday, Oct. 4

10 a.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America race