TUSC: Roar Entry List Notables/Surprises

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The first bit of on-track action for 2014 occurs later this week at Daytona, the Roar Before the 24 test for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. There’s still many seats to be filled before the race but here’s a few of the notable or surprise names listed on the updated entry list, issued Monday:

  • Wayne Taylor, No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP (P)
  • AJ Allmendinger/Justin Wilson, No. 60 Michael Shank Racing Ford EcoBoost Riley (P)
  • Graham Rahal, No. 56 BMW Team RLL BMW Z4 GTLM (GTLM)
  • Shane van Gisbergen, No. 22 Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT America (GTD)
  • Alex Riberas, No. 23 AJR/Team Seattle Porsche 911 GT America (GTD)
  • Connor De Phillippi, No. 73 Park Place Motorsports Porsche 911 GT America (GTD)
  • Dane Cameron, No. 94 Turner Motorsport BMW Z4 GTD (GTD)

Those are notable for a few reasons. Taylor hasn’t raced in half a decade and instead has left his sons, Ricky and Jordan, to carry on the family name in prototypes. Allmendinger and Wilson have teamed up for years at MSR and seem poised to do likewise this year. Rahal would have a go in his father Bobby’s BMW; some of his prior sports car starts have come in Porsches, but he was part of the BMW-Riley DP that Chip Ganassi Racing won overall with in 2011. Van Gisbergen is an Australian V8 Supercars star. Riberas and De Phillippi are Porsche Juniors, and Cameron is one of the most valuable free agents on the market with the news his Team Sahlen operation isn’t running its DPs next year.

The test takes place January 3-5.

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.