Scot Elkins will join Pro Mazda/USF2000 as Race Director

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The Mazda Road to Indy has made a lot of big waves this offseason, and has done so again with its new race director for the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda.

Scot Elkins, managing director, IMSA Technical Regulations, will join the MRTI as race director for those two championships. He’ll add those roles in addition to his existing IMSA commitments.

An MRTI spokesperson confirmed the news.

Elkins replaces Randy Hembrey, who had been in the role.

This is an intriguing bit of news to note given where the Verizon IndyCar Series and TUDOR United SportsCar Championship currently sit from officiating and regulations standpoints.

IndyCar has not confirmed a race director replacement for Beaux Barfield, who has moved onto IMSA as its new race director.

INDYCAR president of competition and operations Derrick Walker has spoken of a pool of stewards who could be used for IndyCar races, and you figure with Elkins’ race control experience, he could potentially be in play there.

Meanwhile from an IMSA standpoint, with Simon Hodgson brought in late last year and Barfield also joining, Elkins had support from other bodies instead of having to do – essentially – the job of three people at once.

Whether this is merely an “in addition to” story or perhaps something more down the road will be interesting to watch.

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.