Mark Webber has enjoyed an eleven year career in Formula One that has taken him from the very back of the grid to the very front. After debuting with Minardi back in 2002, Webber became a mainstay on the grid and in the paddock over the next few years, driving for Jaguar and Williams before moving to Red Bull in 2007. With the Austrian team, Webber won his first race in 2009 and came third in the 2010 drivers’ championship, losing out to teammate Sebastian Vettel at the final race. In recent years, Webber’s rivalry with Vettel has hit the headlines, but the Australian driver has remained a fan favorite because of his honest and outspoken attitude in the paddock.
Webber sat down with NBC’s Will Buxton for a one-on-one interview in Korea ahead of his final six races in Formula One before moving to Porsche’s LMP1 campaign for 2014. Being such a great character in the paddock, it is clear that Webber will be sorely missed when he does leave the sport at the end of the season.
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.