Nicolas Prost wins Formula E Malaysia pole, but must serve 10-spot grid penalty

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e.dams-Renault’s Nicolas Prost is 2-for-2 in poles so far in Formula E after posting the fastest lap in tonight’s qualifying session for the Putrajaya ePrix in Malaysia.

However, the son of Formula One legend Alain Prost will have to serve a 10-spot grid penalty for his role in Nick Heidfeld’s nasty crash at the conclusion of September’s season opener in Beijing.

As a result, it will be Dragon Racing teammates Oriol Servia and Jerome d’Ambrosio that will lead the field at the start of the 31-lap race, which comes later tonight at 1 a.m. ET. Prost will roll off from 11th.

Prost, Servia, and d’Ambrosio turned in the three fastest overall laps from the third of four qualifying groups. Servia, the long-time IndyCar pilot, went to the provisional pole with a 1:22.010 with less than two minutes remaining for Group 3, but Prost answered with a 1:21.779 that would stand up as the quickest time.

The final group saw practice leader Sam Bird shoot to fourth on the overall grid with a 1:22.235, while Beijing winner Lucas di Grassi and Jaime Alguersuari failed to post times after they both crashed during their runs. Those two drivers will have to start from the back of the field.

Bird and Daniel Abt will line up from Row 2, followed by Jarno Trulli and Karun Chandhok in Row 3. Nelson Piquet and Heidfeld are in Row 4, and Row 5 features Bruno Senna and Indy Lights driver Matthew Brabham from Andretti Formula E. Brabham’s teammate, Franck Montagny, will start a bit farther back in Row 7 with Stephane Sarrazin.

FIA FORMULA E at Putrajaya, Malaysia
Qualifying Results
*1. Nicolas Prost, 1:21.779
2. Oriol Servia, 1:22.010
3. Jerome d’Ambrosio, 1:22.205
4. Sam Bird, 1:22.235
5. Daniel Abt, 1:22.342
6. Jarno Trulli, 1:22.347
7. Karun Chandhok, 1:22.612
8. Nelson Piquet Jr., 122.620
9. Nick Heidfeld, 1:22.720
10. Bruno Senna, 1:22.816
11. Matthew Brabham, 1:22.941
12. Antonio Felix da Costa, 1:23.194
13. Stephane Sarrazin, 1:23.240
14. Franck Montagny, 1:23.697
15. Michela Cerruti, 1:23.857
16. Ho-Pin Tung, 1:23.894
17. Sebastien Buemi, 1:25.319
18. Katherine Legge, 1:25.823
19. Jaime Alguersuari, No Time
20. Lucas di Grassi, No Time
*10-spot grid penalty

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.