‘Canada’s Best Racing Team’ signs female standout Erica Thiering

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When you’re signed to race for a team that’s officially named “Canada’s Best Racing Team,” you have quite a bit to live up to.

Late model racer Erica Thiering will find out if she’s up to that task, as it was announced Wednesday that she’ll drive for the team in the 2015 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series (NCATS).

“We are very proud to announce the addition of Erica to CBRT,” team owner Bud Morris said in a media release. “We continue to develop a winning team for our partners to help propel their brands both on and off the track and in a new and interactive manner.

“Erica is a great fit with her winning personality and drive to be a leader. She will be a welcome addition to our team of professionals.”

Thiering has been nothing but spectacular behind the wheel. A native of Sherwood Park, Alberta, Thiering has won the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series provincial championship five times at her home track of Edmonton International Raceway.

“I’m proud to join a team that is focused on their engagement with fans, and on building strong relationships with their partners,” Thiering said. “This is an opportunity for me to continue improving as a racer, while striving for new achievements, such as rookie of the year. The 2015 season is going to be a wild ride and I can’t wait to see all of my fans and supporters at the track!”

Thiering, who will be competing for the NCATS Rookie of the Year honors, will be teammates with team general manager Joey McColm, who finished eighth in the NCATS standings last season, the second year in business for the team.

“As a forward thinking team focused on creating awareness about important world issues such as sustainability in auto racing, introducing a female driver fit perfectly with our team’s core values,” McColm said. “There is no doubt that the fan base at racing events across Canada is diverse, and with an increasing number of female fans. CBRT is proud to support a racer and role model who isn’t afraid of breaking barriers and challenging old-fashioned stereotypes.

“The time for change in the industry is now, and we couldn’t be happier to be the catalyst for that change.”

The first race on the NCATS schedule is May 17 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park near Bowmanville, Ontario.

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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.