Formula E: Audi Sport ABT confirms unchanged line-up for season two

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The Audi Sport ABT Formula E team has confirmed that it will run with an unchanged line-up for the second season of the FIA Formula E championship after extending the contracts of both Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt.

Championship leader di Grassi confirmed ahead of the Monaco ePrix two weeks ago that he would be remaining with the team for the 2015-2016 season, but confirmation of its unchanged roster came on Thursday with the announcement of Daniel Abt’s contract extension.

Abt has made a solid start to life in Formula E, scoring one pole position and one podium finish so far this season. The German driver currently ranks 11th in the championship standings, and was delighted to announce that he would be remaining with the Audi-backed team for season two.

“Formula E is going through a fantastic stage of development that includes exciting races and many cool ideas off the track,” Abt said.

“I think this series has a great future. I’m delighted to still be on board, and want to grow together with Formula E. I’m obviously very proud that I can race in the future with the team that carries our family name.”

Audi Sport ABT boss Hans-Jurgen Abt was pleased to make the team’s intentions for season two public, and is confident that continuity will be beneficial.

“I’m pleased that our two drivers are fully committed to us and that we can look to the future together with our dream team,” Abt said. “Motorsport is a hectic business, which is why we aim for continuity in such important aspects like technology, partners and drivers to create the greatest possible cohesion and calm within the team.

“It’s great that we have achieved this, and now we can concentrate completely on the end of season run.”

The Formula E championship continues this weekend with the Berlin ePrix, taking place in the grounds of the disused Berlin Tempelhof airport.

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.