Big day for Action Express, Corvette en route to Sebring wins

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Action Express Racing has captured the win in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, courtesy of a dominant drive from the trio of Joao Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi and Sebastien Bourdais in the No. 5 Corvette DP.

The trio led almost all the race and built a lead of more than a lap, which they maintained for the duration. Bourdais’ stints were stout and Barbosa made a great pass for the lead on Scott Dixon on Lap 191.

Two other Corvette DPs completed the overall podium.

Other class winners were PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports (PC), Corvette Racing (GTLM) and Team Seattle-AJR (GTD).

While PR1/Mathiasen and Corvette dominated their respective classes, Team Seattle-AJR emerged victorious at the end of the race following an incredible sequence of events.

Driver Mario Farnbacher led in the final hour but ran wide at Turn 10. That gave the lead to Jeroen Bleekemolen in a Viper, but the Dutchman endured heartbreak in the closing five minutes of the race when his engine died out.

The Team Seattle-AJR Porsche inherited the win, the first for the trio of Farnbacher, Ian James and Alex Riberas in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

Prototype and GTLM race next at Long Beach in April with PC and GTD next up alongside at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in May.

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.