Kamui Kobayashi moves to Super Formula in Japan

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After losing his seat at Caterham amid the team’s financial collapse at the end of 2014, Kamui Kobayashi has today announced that he will be returning to Japan to race in the national Super Formula championship.

In a statement on his Facebook page, the former Sauber and Toyota driver confirmed that he would be joining the series for 2015 as he looks to revive his racing career following a tough year with Caterham in 2014.

“I join Super Formula series for 2015,” Kobayashi wrote. “Happy to back my home race after 12 years in Europe. I would like provide exciting driving and amazing show on track! All races will take place in Japan so please come to Japan and let’s have a real race with me!” [sic]

Kobayashi made his F1 debut for Toyota back in 2009 before spending three years with Sauber, with the high point being an emotional podium finish at his home race at Suzuka in 2012.

For 2013, Sauber opted to draft in Esteban Gutierrez and Nico Hulkenberg, but Kobayashi landed on his feet by securing a works drive with Ferrari’s AF Corse team in the FIA World Endurance Championship. He finished seventh in the final GTE-Pro standings.

However, much to the fury of the Ferrari team, Kobayashi opted to walk away from the WEC in 2014 so he could join backmarkers Caterham in F1.It proved to be a disastrous move as the team’s financial woes meant it stood little chance on track

It proved to be a disastrous move as the team’s financial woes meant it stood little chance on track, and with Kobayashi not bringing backing to the team as a pay driver, he was left out in the cold and dropped for the Belgian Grand Prix to make way for Andre Lotterer. His final appearance for Caterham came in its last-minute comeback in Abu Dhabi where he retired late on.

Super Formula is a very competitive and exciting championship in Japan, and has welcomed a number of big racing names such as Loic Duval and Andre Lotterer over the past few years.

Kobayashi is unquestionably facing a fight to revive his career after his ill-fated year with Caterham, and this could prove to be the perfect platform to do exactly that.

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.