Emma Gilmour to become first female racer in Global Rallycross

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History has been made in Red Bull Global Rallycross, as New Zealand’s Emma Gilmour is set to become the series’ first-ever female driver as part of the Rhys Millen Racing/Hyundai stable.

Gilmour will team up with Millen, a former Pikes Peak International Hill Climb champion and Formula Drift world champion, for a two-car program that will see them race turbo-charged versions of the Hyundai Veloster.

“We’re proud to team up with two drivers known for their precision and consistency, and we are especially excited to give Emma the opportunity to be the first female driver in Global Rallycross,” Hyundai Motor America vice president of marketing Steve Shannon said in a statement.

Gilmour will be making her debut in the rallycross discipline, but has been a top competitor in her home country with three consecutive runner-up finishes from 2010 to 2012 in the New Zealand Rally Championship.

“I have never raced in Rallycross but I have had experience with high horse power cars with my current Suzuki Swift Maxi rally car and driving Possum Bourne’s former hillclimb World Rally car,” she said in a release.

“I have also done some endurance circuit racing in a left hand drive Porsche GT3, but no doubt the GRC will present some exciting new challenges to test my driving skills.”

In a Hyundai release, Millen said he was “especially proud” to have Gilmour on board, and believes “her consistent top performance is sure to impress at every stage of the series.”

The GRC season is slated to begin May 17 at the Top Gear Festival in Barbados before returning to America in June for the X Games in Austin, Texas.

NBC will air highlights from Barbados on May 24, and then show the first of six live GRC broadcasts this season on Sunday, June 22 from Washington, DC. A full GRC broadcast schedule can be found here.

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.