IMSA: Bourdais back with Action Express Racing for 2015 enduros

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IndyCar driver Sebastien Bourdais contributed to Action Express Racing’s run to the 2014 North American Endurance Cup title in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, and now, the Frenchman has been confirmed to be part of AXR’s defense of the Cup in 2015.

Bourdais, who helped AXR in three of their four NAEC podium finishes in 2014, will co-drive the team’s No. 5 Corvette DP in the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona, the 12 Hours of Sebring, and the season-ending Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta.

“It is very exciting to be able to return with Action Express Racing in 2015,” said Bourdais in a release. “Having teammates with the credentials of João Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi is an opportunity you seldom receive in racing, and one I cherish.

“Hopefully we will repeat as the [NAEC] champions, and start by returning to Victory Lane in the Rolex 24 At Daytona as we did last season.”

In addition to helping Barbosa and Fittipaldi in the aforementioned Rolex win this past January, he also took part in AXR’s third place finish at Sebring and runner-up finish in the Petit.

“I am extremely pleased to have Sébastien back at Action Express Racing for the North American Endurance events next season,” said AXR team owner Bob Johnson. “Having a driver of Sébastien’s caliber puts Action Express Racing in a great spot to claim the endurance title, as well as the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship again in 2015.

“Sébastien is a tremendous talent, and he is a great person to have in the Action Express Racing family.”

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.