AUSTIN – Sergio Perez has confirmed he is close to signing a new extension to remain with Force India into 2015, continuing on with already-signed Nico Hulkenberg.
“It’s getting very close (to returning),” Perez said during the FIA Thursday press conference. “We are in the process of working out a deal with the team.
“For four years, I’ve been in Formula One… and I’ve moved around too many times. We hope to announce it soon.”
Perez would be seeking to continue with Force India for a second season, after two years with Sauber (2011-2012) and a single season with McLaren last year.
Perez’s signing with Force India last year was announced as a multi-year deal, but his confirmation for 2015 had yet to be signed off on this year.
This is a big weekend for Perez, with Mexico of course being so close to Austin, Texas and this the last year before Mexico joins the calendar next year. He was asked about a track update.
“It will be super exciting to go back home,” Perez said. “Things are progressing very quick, and Mexico is excited to have us.”
Perez currently sits 11th in the World Championship, on 47 points. He scored Force India’s first podium for five years at Bahrain earlier this year, and is currently riding a streak of five consecutive points-paying finishes dating to Spa.
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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.