Red Bull GRC: Layout, entry list set for L.A. doubleheader

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A big weekend awaits in La-La-Land for Red Bull Global Rallycross.

In addition to the return of action sports icon (and former NASCAR racer) Travis Pastrana to GRC competition, the series will stage a pair of full-points races on Saturday and Sunday at the Port of Los Angeles. If you recall, the series added a second round in the City of Angels after its Detroit event, originally set for Aug. 2-3, couldn’t come off.

A nine-turn, .586-mile circuit will be the battleground this weekend. Drivers won’t encounter dirt until they hit the right-hand Turn 6, which will also mark the start of the joker.

The dirt jump will be positioned between Turn 6 and 7, but the joker is perhaps the signature feature of this course, as it wraps around the final three corners – making it the longest joker of the 2014 GRC season.

After finishing eighth in last weekend’s inaugural Formula E race in Beijing, Nelson Piquet Jr. is back in his familiar Ford Fiesta this week and holding a 40-point lead over Ken Block in the championship.

Block has been on a tear as of late with three consecutive podium finishes (which includes a Round 5 win at Charlotte), the longest active streak in GRC.

In the last race at Daytona, Block was runner-up behind Rhys Millen, who bagged his first series victory for himself and for Hyundai. However, Millen was penalized 50 championship points and fined $5,000 after his No. 67 Hyundai Veloster was found equipped with speed sensors in post-race inspection. The sensors were deemed as not having given the car a performance advantage.

Both GRC finals from Los Angeles will air LIVE Saturday and Sunday at 5 p.m. ET on NBC-TV and NBC Sports Live Extra.

SUPERCARS ENTRY LIST – RED BULL GRC AT LOS ANGELES
00-Steve Arpin, Fort Frances, Ontario, Canada, Royal Purple Racing/OMSE2 Ford
07-Nelson Piquet Jr., Brasilia, Brazil, SH Racing Rallycross Ford
11-Sverre Isachsen, Hokksund, Norway, Subaru Rally Team USA
14-Austin Dyne, Los Angeles, Barracuda Racing Ford
18-Patrik Sandell, Ostersund, Sweden, Olsbergs MSE Ford
27-Emma Gilmour, Dunedin, New Zealand, Hyundai/Rhys Millen Racing
31-Joni Wiman, Pohja, Finland, Olsbergs MSE Ford
34-Tanner Foust, Dana Point, CA, Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross
43-Ken Block, Park City, UT, Hoonigan Racing Division Ford
67-Rhys Millen, Huntington Beach, CA, Hyundai/Rhys Millen Racing
77-Scott Speed, Mt. Holly, NC, Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross
81-Bucky Lasek, Dundalk, MD, Subaru Rally Team USA
199-Travis Pastrana, Annapolis, MD, Subaru Rally Team USA

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.