NASCAR: ENEOS expands Xfinity Series sponsorship for Kyle Larson, No. 42 team

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ENEOS, the synthetic oil brand of Japan’s JX Nippon Oil & Energy, will expand its partnership with the No. 42 NASCAR Xfinity Series program of HScott Motorsports with Chip Ganassi.

Sprint Cup rookie of the year Kyle Larson will drive the ENEOS Chevrolet Camaro in eight NXS events this season, including the Feb. 21 season opener at Daytona International Speedway.

The ENEOS colors will also be on the car at Atlanta, Fontana, Charlotte (spring), Bristol (summer), Chicagoland, Dover (fall), and Phoenix (fall).

Additionally, as part of the expanded deal, ENEOS becomes a full-time associate sponsor for the No. 42 team and Larson’s World of Outlaws team, Larson Marks Racing.

“We are very excited to continue our partnership with ENEOS for the 2015 season,” Chip Ganassi Racing president Steve Lauletta said in a statement. “Additionally, it will be great to have a Japanese company continue a partnership with Kyle Larson, the only current driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series with a Japanese heritage.

“We feel like the partnership in NASCAR will help continue build the ENEOS brand amongst current race fans and further expand NASCAR to a new group of fans.”

Larson competed in 28 NXS races last year and won twice at Fontana and Charlotte. The latter race was also the first race in ENEOS’ sponsorship of the No. 42 team.

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.