With Formula One and GP2/GP3 racing in Abu Dhabi and Formula E in Malaysia this weekend, there are a couple conflicts that have popped up.
Daniel Abt will race FE, and Nicolas Latifi will take his place in GP2.
Meanwhile Lotus reserve driver Charles Pic is at Abu Dhabi for F1, which means there will be a vacancy at Andretti Autosport’s FE program this weekend.
The team’s reserve driver Matthew Brabham has thus been called up to replace Pic this weekend, alongside Franck Montagny, who interestingly is racing in FE and not able to undertake his usual Canal+ commitments for French TV at the Grand Prix.
The IndyCar iRacing Challenge will be running its second consecutive road course Saturday at Barber Motorsports Park (2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN or streaming here).
Of the four remaining races in the six-race series, there’s a chance that three of them could be ovals: A Drivers’ Choice track April 11; a “Random Draw” April 18 and a non-IndyCar “Dream” track May 2 (the April 25 race will be at Circuit of the Americas).
IndyCar drivers are voting on next week’s track, and the options include high-speed ovals such as Texas Motor Speedway and Michigan Speedway.
Talladega apparently isn’t on the list for next week, but surely it could be considered for a future race if it meant having Earnhardt in the field. The 15-time NASCAR Most Popular Driver is a six-time winner at Talladega, and the NASCAR on NBC analyst’s family is synonymous with the 2.66-mile oval where his late seven-time champion father won a record 10 times.
“I hope he can make that happen,” Askew said of racing against Earnhardt. “I hope IndyCar can grant his wish on that.”
The addition of Earnhardt would fit well with an IndyCar iRacing Challenge that already features champions from NASCAR (Jimmie Johnson) and Supercars (Scott McLaughlin).
Will Power would like to see more of that.
“I think that would be great if we can get big-name drivers from other series,” Power said. “Getting a couple guys from Europe would be cool.”