Grosjean looking for strong final race in Abu Dhabi as he nears Lotus extension

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Romain Grosjean is hoping for a strong final race of the 2014 Formula 1 season in Abu Dhabi next weekend, with double points giving the Frenchman a chance to pick up a good haul for Lotus.

Grosjean has endured a difficult season, going from a regular front-runner in 2013 to languishing on the fringes of the top ten this year, but has still impressed the F1 community with his performances during a difficult period for Lotus.

In Abu Dhabi, he is hoping to enjoy a strong final race of the year, with the controversial double points working in Lotus’ favor.

“We’ve got a few upgrades coming which should give us a bit more power and with double points on offer, you never know!” Grosjean said. “We are going to try our hardest to get the best result we can and create a positive mood over the winter for the team back in the factory.

“When things aren’t going right for you, it’s difficult on everyone so a bit of positivity will help the whole team. Pastor and I will be trying our utmost to bring back some strong points.

“Sometimes a bit of luck and some clever decisions is all you need to achieve great results, and that’s what we’ll be aiming for on Sunday.”

Despite lacking an official announcement, Grosjean is set to remain at Lotus for 2015. The driver has made two announcements from his Twitter and Facebook page in the last few days, only for both posts to be quickly deleted.

In a tweet on Wednesday, Grosjean said: “Proud to announce that I’ll be racing with Lotus F1 Team in 2015” before it was soon deleted.

Today, Grosjean uploaded a video of himself confirming that he would be remaining with Lotus to his Facebook page, but this was also soon deleted.

“I will keep racing with Lotus in 2015,” he said. “It’s been a long story with the team, ups and downs, 2013 was good, 2014 more difficult but next year is a new challenge with a new engine. I’ve seen the E23 and it’s a beautiful car so hopefully more podiums, hopefully on top of the podium one day!”

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.