IndyCar team owner Bryan Herta to be honored with FIA Americas Award

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IndyCar team owner and former driver Bryan Herta will be honored this Saturday with the FIA Americas Award in Panama City, Panama.

The award was established in 2008, and this year’s Awards Gala will have 29 countries represented, with each country receiving both national and continental awards.

Herta was nominated for the award by the Skip Barber Racing School, where he got his initial start in pro racing back in 1990.

“We are excited for the opportunity to highlight an outstanding race car driver and team owner in Bryan Herta,” Skip Barber CEO Michael Culver said, according to a story on Racer.com. “He is an exceptional individual who possesses admirable traits of perseverance, passion and determination.

“He continues to influence the motorsports world and will do so for a very long time. Bryan is very deserving of this award and we’re thrilled for him.”

Herta began racing with the Skip Barber program in 1990, winning in both the Formula Ford and Saab Pro Series. He won the Indy Lights championship in 1993 before moving full-time to IndyCar.

Herta competed in the Indianapolis 500 five times, with three top-10 finishes and a career-best third-place finish in the 2005 edition of the 500.

Herta stepped away from an active driver’s role and formed his own race team, Bryan Herta Autosport. The team won the 2011 Indianapolis 500 with Dan Wheldon behind the wheel.

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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.