National Motorsports Press Association honors Lynda Petty, Kevin Harvick and others for service, achievement

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During its annual awards banquet, the National Motorsports Press Association announced several key award winners on Sunday.

First, the late Lynda Petty, wife of seven-time NASCAR champion Richard Petty, was named the recipient of the NMPA’s annual Spirit Award for 2014.

Petty, who passed away March 30, 2014, was known for her charitable work both inside and outside the racing community.

Petty was the first quarter recipient of the award in 2014, while Martin Truex Jr., the late team owner Junie Donlavey and Michael Waltrip also won the quarterly phases of the award in 2014. Petty then was voted the overall winner for the year by NMPA members.

Next, Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick was named the winner of the NMPA’s Richard Petty Driver of the Year award for 2014.

The award has been presented each year since 1969, following a vote by NMPA membership. Harvick, who also won the award following his rookie season in 2001, received nearly 75 percent of the votes cast by NMPA members.

Others receiving votes included Chase Elliott, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Ryan Newman and six-time World of Outlaws champ Donny Schatz.

Two other awards of note were:

* NASCAR senior director of competition communications Kerry Tharp received the Joe Littlejohn award for his service to the NMPA.

* Martinsville Speedway public relations director Mike Smith was also recognized with the Ken Patterson award, which honors a PR representative in the industry who exhibits the kind and generous qualities that Patterson, the late PR director of Talladega Superspeedway, demonstrated.

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Richard Petty, Kevin Harvick and National Motorsports Press Association president Brian Nelson at Sunday’s NMPA annual awards banquet. (Photo courtesy Kevin Harvick Facebook page)

 

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IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 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.