WATCH LIVE: NASCAR AMERICA with Dale Jr. and Chase Elliott at 5 p.m. ET

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. is NASCAR’s most popular driver in the present. But the driver he currently employs, Xfinity Series champion Chase Elliott, could assume that mantle in the not-too-distant future.

One thing is certain: They’re both heading into pivotal 2015 campaigns. Earnhardt won four times in 2014 but wants more after being eliminated in the second round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

Meanwhile, Elliott – the future driver of Jeff Gordon’s No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet – hopes to defend his Xfinity Series title and also do well in his first series of Cup starts.

You’ll hear from both Earnhardt and Elliott in one-on-one interviews today on NASCAR AMERICA. If you can’t tune in at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN, you can stream today’s show online and on your mobile device through NBC Sports Live Extra.

Also on tap:

· We’ll have the latest news on the protection order hearing involving former Cup champion Kurt Busch…

· During last week’s NASCAR Media Tour, we asked the drivers how they thought this year’s new rules package will affect racing in 2015. We’ll bring you their answers…

· And we’ll have a clip of our interview with six-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, which will air in its entirety on Thursday’s show.

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Again, CLICK HERE at 5 p.m. ET to watch NASCAR AMERICA.

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.

INDYCAR AT IMS THIS WEEKEND: Harvest GP schedule, entry lists

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.