Petter Solberg leads after Day 1 of World RX finale in Argentina

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Petter Solberg’s first-place and runner-up results in qualifying heats enabled him to take an overnight lead in the FIA World Rallycross Championship season finale at San Luis, Argentina.

Solberg has already clinched the driver’s championship, but the team championship remains up in the air. Olsbergs MSE – which won the American-based Red Bull Global Rallycross title earlier this month – has gotten out to an advantage over team title rivals Marklund Motorsport and Peugeot-Hansen.

Olsbergs’ Reinis Nitiss finished fourth and first in his two heats to sit second going into tomorrow by a deficit of 95-90 (intermediate points) behind Solberg.

Nitiss’ teammate, Andreas Bakkerud, finished fifth and third to move into fourth place in the standings with 81 points. Directly ahead of Bakkerud in third is Marklund’s Toomas Heikkinen with 85 points (finished second and fourth in heats).

In the team race, Olsbergs entered the weekend down by just four points to Marklund, while Peugeot-Hansen was farther back at 38 points behind.

Two more qualifying heats will be run tomorrow afternoon, followed by the semifinals and final. In World RX, the Top 16 drivers after all four heats are run will receive heat points, with the Top 12 going on to the semifinals. Two races of six cars each then ensue, and the Top 6 from the semis will enter the final.

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.