Hulkenberg: Austin is a race that everybody likes

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Nico Hulkenberg is relishing Formula One’s return to Austin, Texas, next weekend for the United States Grand Prix, and he believes that it is an event that is universally welcomed by all in the sport.

The German driver is currently trying to secure a seat with Lotus for 2014 after financial problems at Sauber have caused him to become unsettled. Despite the C32 car proving troublesome to begin with, Hulkenberg has recently found his feet and enjoyed a fine run of form that he will be keen to continue at the Circuit of the Americas next weekend.

“Austin is a place everyone in Formula One likes, and I certainly like it,” Hulkenberg said. “The organisers have done a fantastic job in putting an event like this together and making us feel welcome. It’s a great circuit, although last year tire management was a bit tricky because of the nature of the brand new asphalt, oil came to the surface.

“But, in terms of fun, it’s a great track. It’s very quick, has different and challenging corners and a good flow to it. I had a strong result there last year finishing eighth.”

Formula One returned to the U.S. last year after a five year hiatus in what has proven to be a difficult market for the sport to crack. However, with Austin welcoming the F1 community with open arms and the Circuit of the Americas proving to be a hit among drivers, teams and fans, it appears that the outlook is incredibly bright for F1 in the U.S.A.

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.