Big Time Bash, Twitter takeover make for a busy Thursday for NBCSN’s Will Buxton

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The Thursday of a Grand Prix weekend is always busy day, and besides all the usual work done by NBC Sports Group F1 pit reporter and insider Will Buxton, along with producer Jason Swales, there was extra on the day’s agenda this Thursday.

Buxton’s third annual Big Time Bash from the Austin Grand Prix took place at Brazos Hall in downtown Austin, with all donations going toward Meals on Wheels – more info on the amount raised will follow at a later date.

A fantastic event that ran from 6 p.m. through to midnight featured the premiere of Road To: Mercedes, appearances from the NBC broadcast team, drivers Marcus Ericsson, Alexander Rossi and Luca Filippi, a festival of phenomenal prizes and lastly, a surprise appearance by 1978 World Champion and Circuit of the Americas ambassador Mario Andretti – who could not have been more humble and gracious with his time.

Here’s a social roundup of the evening, via Buxton’s Twitter feed, the Austin Grand Prix feed and several others on site:

Prior to the Bash, Buxton took time out of his schedule Thursday for a Twitter takeover of the @F1onNBCSports feed. Here’s his responses:

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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.