Niki Lauda reunited with 1976 Ferrari 312T2 in Austria

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As part of the support programme for this weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix, some of the nation’s Formula 1 legends have been reunited with their old cars for a special Hall of Fame parade.

Most notably, three-time world champion Niki Lauda will be driving his Ferrari 312T2 car from the 1976 Formula 1 season, in which he fought back from a devastating crash and life-threatening at the German Grand Prix to finish second in the championship behind James Hunt. The story was most recently detailed in Ron Howard’s film Rush, which came out last year.

Gerhard Berger will also be taking part in the hall of fame race, running in his Ferrari 88C which he took to third place in the 1988 world championship.

Lauda and Berger will be joined out on track by a number of other former Austrian F1 drivers, including Helmut Marko, who is now an advisor at Red Bull. He will be getting behind the wheel of a 1972 BRM. From more recent years, Christian Klien will be driving his 2005 Red Bull RB1, Patrick Friesacher is in the Minardi from the same year, and Alex Wurz will be in the 1998 Benetton car.

After the hype of Rush last year, seeing Lauda behind the wheel of his car from that year is certainly going to bring back some good memories of the 1970s, and it is a great way to build up for the Austrian Grand Prix later today.

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.