Celebrity presence felt throughout weekend at COTA

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AUSTIN – The weekend’s festivities at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas saw a number of extra guests and celebrities on site to take in the United States Grand Prix.

We’ll kick off this roundup first with NBC Nightly News anchor and managing editor Brian Williams making a trip to the race. Williams, a devout gearhead, discussed his passion for NASCAR and Formula One and what he was looking forward to at the U.S. Grand Prix.

Next up, U.S. Olympian Lolo Jones talks about if she would want to try her hand at driving in an F1 race and what her first Formula One experience has been like.

Actor Keanu Reeves – best known for his roles in “The Matrix” series – discussed his experience at the U.S. Grand Prix and which drivers he was rooting for.

Fellow “big star in the ’90s” Matt LeBlanc made his usual trip to COTA, supporting the Lotus team, and his likeness was adorned on Romain Grosjean’s helmet.

Lotus put a rather humorous caption on this pic taken of Reeves and Pamela Anderson:

Straight-on shots of Anderson, actor Anthony Edwards and chef Gordon Ramsay follow below:

Motley Crue’s Vince Neil and current rocker Kid Rock were also in attendance – the latter serving as post-race concert entertainment.

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.