PWC: 2015 driver/team rundown, GTS

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Here’s quick look through the field in GTS, which breaks off to become its own race for Pirelli World Challenge this year after previously being part of the GT races:

  • Blackdog Speed Shop: Michael Cooper (No. 10) replaces four-time series champion Lawson Aschenbach, who has won the last two GTS titles. Cooper should win races and the former TC champion is a great example of advancing within PWC’s classes. Teammate Tony Gaples (No. 11) should be consistent as ever in banking top-10 finishes. Team upgrades to new Camaro Z/28.R from the previous spec.
  • BestIT Racing: Older Camaros here but like Blackdog there’s a title contender in the lineup. Andy Lee (No. 20) seeks return to winning after challenging 2014, and must be considered one of the favorites. Teammate Geoff Reeves (No. 40) returns for a second season and looks to continue gaining experience.
  • Skullcandy Team Nissan: A sleeper entry in Vesko Kozarov (No. 23) in the Nissan 370Z. Might not be the outright fastest but could sneak a podium or two along the way.
  • LG Motorsports: Lou Gigliotti (No. 28) may fare better in the GTS ranks than in GT in his Aston Martin Vantage GT4. Series veteran returns after a brief hiatus.
  • Phoenix American Motorsports: One of two multicar operations running Ford Mustang Boss 302s, and new to PWC, this is a team that should win races, with Andrew Aquilante (No. 32) the most likely win and title contender. Teammates are Preston Calvert (No. 35), who will also run GT Cup presented by MOMO, and Kurt Rezzetano (No. 37).
  • Capaldi Racing: A solid lineup of Ford Mustang Boss 302s. Series veteran Nick Esayian (No. 34) moves teams and cars after winning at Miller last year in a TRG-AMR Aston Martin Vantage GT4. Jack Roush Jr. (No. 60) runs under this banner this year and should bank his first win. Rookie Dan Martinson (No. 33) in his Gear Tie Racing Ford has one of the best liveries in the field, and will look to bank laps and top-10 results, at least initially.
  • Kinetic Motorsports/Kia Racing: Mark Wilkins (No. 38) was desperately unlucky to have not won last year’s title and the popular Canadian would be a popular champ this year. Ben Clucas (No. 36) replaces Nic Jonsson and while relatively unknown in North America, could impress. Kia looks to defend its Manufacturer’s Championship with the pair of venerable Kia Optima turbos.
  • Rehagen Racing/Picture Cars East: Dean Martin (No. 50) was a multiple race winner last year, but needed three different cars to survive a roller-coaster year. He’s back again as a likely race winner and possible title contender in his Ford Mustang Boss 302.
  • Klenin Performance Racing: Veteran Mark Klenin (No. 62) branches out on his own in an Aston Martin Vantage GT4. Generally exciting to watch on starts, Klenin will seek a top-10 points finish this year.
  • GTSport Racing: The Goldcrest Motorsports-run team is expected to be a title contender. Ageless Jack Baldwin (No. 73) remains one of the series’ fastest drivers with Buz McCall (No. 72) adding support as usual. Along with Wilkins, Baldwin is one of GTS’ two preseason title favorites.
  • TRG-AMR North America: Neither Max Riddle (No. 07) nor Derek DeBoer (No. 09) is high on PWC experience, but they should improve over the course of the year.
  • GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing: Jon Fogarty (No. 99) and the team will miss the season-opening races and will develop the Hyundai Genesis coupe for later in the year. When they race, they will play spoiler.
  • A.N. Other Motorsports: GTS is a home to a number of part-time entries who will appear sporadically throughout the year. Look out for more Mustangs, Camaros, Astons and the occasional Porsche or BMW along the way to add to the depth of the field.

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.