The Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires Series takes to Indianapolis Motor Speedway this week for the Freedom 100 presented by Allied Building Products, the series oval debut of the new Dallara IL-15 Mazda (and Mazda’s first oval race at IMS), with the race entry list released on Tuesday.
There are 12 entries into the race, which will be broadcast by NBCSN on May 22 at 12:30 p.m. ET. So there aren’t any additional entries joining the fray for a race that traditionally adds extra cars.
As noted earlier on MotorSportsTalk, Sean Rayhall, fresh off winning race two on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, is entered with 8Star Motorsports in the No. 8 Bass Egg and Edvisors car. The Georgia native will be making his fifth start of the season. Max Chilton will join the field as well for his first IMS oval running after missing Monday’s open test day due to a prior commitment.
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.