Servia named Dragon Racing partner, managing director

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Earlier this week Loic Duval was named to the seat that Oriol Servia had occupied for the first four FIA Formula E races of the season at Dragon Racing.

We now have an answer why. An Associated Press report out Wednesday has confirmed Servia, the open-wheel veteran, has been named partner and managing director of Jay Penske’s Dragon Racing.

Servia will oversee the team, technical operations and work on partner relationships.

“It is with some regret that I won’t be behind the wheel,” Servia told the AP. “However, Jay and I had always spoken about me playing a larger role in the organization.”

Servia is still working on pursuing an Indianapolis 500 ride, and this role does not preclude him from that.

He raced four IndyCar events in 2014 with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, with last year’s Indianapolis 500 his most recent start.

Duval and Jerome d’Ambrosio will be in the pair of Dragon entries at this weekend’s Miami ePrix. Dragon currently sits fifth in the team’s championship with 38 points. Servia started from pole in Round 2 in Malaysia.

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.

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.