Sochi Autodrom gears up for Russian GP in three weeks’ time (VIDEO)


Amid all of the concern about taking Formula 1 to Russia in just over three weeks’ time, the plans and preparation for the race have gone ahead with no problems at all.

In fact, the Sochi Autodrom played host to its first race meeting earlier this month, and from the video that the circuit has produced, the facilities look very impressive indeed (ignore the dodgy music in the background, though).

Concerns about the race have been raised following the crisis in the Crimea and the recent MH17 disaster, but the FIA and commercial rights holder appear to have few qualms about taking F1 to Russia, claiming that sport and politics do not mix.

The teams have always said that they will support the decision taken by the power that be in Formula 1, and it seems that the stage is set for the first Russian Grand Prix in 100 years to take place on October 12th.

Four-time F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel went for a lap of the circuit, which is built around the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics complex, behind the wheel of an Infiniti road car. You can watch this in the video below.

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.

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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.