Indy Lights: Schmidt Peterson announces Scott Anderson as fourth driver

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He didn’t test this week at Palm Beach International Raceway, but Scott Anderson will be in a new Indy Lights Dallara IL15 chassis soon enough.

Anderson, who drove for Fan Force United in 2014, will move up to the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team as its fourth driver for 2015, the team announced Friday.

The Colorado native starred versus Spencer Pigot and Matthew Brabham in the 2012 USF2000 and 2013 Pro Mazda seasons before moving up to the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires ranks last season.

Anderson rounds out SPM’s four-car lineup for Lights, alongside fellow returnee Jack Harvey and full-time series newcomers RC Enerson and Ethan Ringel.

“We are pleased to have Scott at SPM for 2015,” SPM co-owner Sam Schmidt said in a release. “We kept an eye on him throughout 2014, and we think having teammates to gauge off of will be key to his success this season.”

Anderson also makes it three Americans out of four in the lineup. Combined with Juncos Racing’s pair (Pigot and Kyle Kaiser) and Andretti Autosport’s Shelby Blackstock, that makes for six Americans of the nine confirmed drivers thus far.

“We have identified areas to focus on for his second season, and we are looking forward to getting started with testing as soon as possible. It’s also an honor to have three Americans competing for SPM, which is a great sign for the future of U.S. open-wheel racing.”

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.