Joe Nemechek will attempt to earn RAB Racing first-ever Sprint Cup start

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After one failed prior attempt, RAB Racing will again attempt to make its first-ever Sprint Cup race, this Saturday’s Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.

Veteran NASCAR driver Joe Nemechek will pilot the No. 29 Toyota Camry, which is sponsored by Toyota Care, the team announced Wednesday.

RAB attempted to qualify for the 2012 Daytona 500 with Kenny Wallace, but failed to make the final 43-car race day field.

Nemechek’s car will carry a similar paint scheme as that of his teammate, James Buescher, who will race the No. 99 Toyota Camry in Friday night’s Subway Firecracker 250 Nationwide Series race at DIS.

In 12 career NNS starts at Daytona, RAB drivers have earned one top-5 (Alex Bowman finished third in the 2013 NNS season opener there) and two top-10 finishes.

In addition, RAB cars have tended to stay out of trouble at Daytona, completing an impressive 1,294 laps of 1,348 total laps contested.

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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.