Crowd-funded Cutters Race Team effort seeks to make Indy 500

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There could be a crowd-funded effort in this year’s Indianapolis 500, if Cutters Race Team’s two principles, Travis Tetrault and Jason Godby, gather enough fan interest to support the run.

“The People’s Race Car,” under the CuttersRT name, has a $1 million goal established. Each fan who pays $100 to become a sponsor would have his or her name on the car, with the target of 10,000 fans to meet that financial goal.

Names of individuals, rather than corporations, would be the only ones that appear on the car.

“The only way we could figure out how to do that was be a part of the big race and go out there with the corporations and sponsor a car,” Tetrault said, via NBC Indianapolis affiliate WTHR 13.

If the goal is met, Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing would operate the car at the Speedway.

Important to note though, the CuttersRT effort is independent of being an SFHR program, and is also independent of SFHR’s second car, run in one race each of the last two years by RW (Rotondo Weirich) Motorsports’ Steve Weirich.

Weirich is still a team partner, and the team will release more regarding his specific involvement this year at a later date.

The car could still run with corporate sponsors if the all-fan target amount is not met. More information can be found at cuttersrt.com and the group’s social media platforms.

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.