We have a busy weekend on tap across the motorsports landscape

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Two weeks ago, Memorial Day, may have been motorsports nirvana for race fans with Monaco, Indy and Charlotte all in a row.

But this week, arguably, is a busier weekend across the board for all the series that aren’t NASCAR… and even the ones that are (check out NASCAR Talk for more on Sprint Cup at Pocono and the Camping World Trucks in Texas this weekend).

Consider we have this on the docket:

  • F1 Canadian Grand Prix. The drama and battle between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg intensifies north of the border, as the Mercedes AMG Petronas teammates continue their quest for victories and the World Championship.
  • IndyCar in Texas. IndyCar’s lone 1.5-mile oval race of the year hasn’t been as exciting in the last two years as it was in 2012, or the years previous. But it will be an important weekend for the series in the second oval race with the new super speedway aero kits, and first with the closed panels on the rear wheel assembly.
  • GRC X Games, also in Texas. It’s a non-points paying event for Red Bull Global Rallycross but it is one of the showcase events for the championship. Scott Speed won Gold last year.
  • Formula E in Moscow. The second-to-last race of the season is an important one from a points standpoint, as Nelson Piquet Jr. and Lucas di Grassi continue their battle for the inaugural series championship.
  • NHRA in New Jersey. Another weekend of racing is on tap for the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series in Englishtown.
  • Le Mans scrutineering. The public technical inspection in downtown Le Mans provides fans their best look at the cars and drivers before they head to Circuit de la Sarthe ahead of next week’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.

IndyCar race weekend doubleheader schedule at IMS road course

IndyCar weekend schedule Indianapolis
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The NTT IndyCar Series will return to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the third time this season but with a weekend schedule that will put the action in front of fans for the first time in 2020.

The track’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course will play host to IndyCar and sports cars series over four days. The action will begin Thursday with practice and concluding with an eight-hour race Sunday featuring the Intercontinental GT Challenge and GT World Challenge America.

The NTT IndyCar Series will hold a Friday-Saturday race doubleheader called the Harvest GP presented by GMR.

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The name is a nod to the Harvest Classic, which was held Sept. 9, 1916 to help the track stay solvent during World War I. The event had three races of 20, 50 and 100 miles (all won by Johnny Aitken) that was the only racing held outside May at IMS from 1911-93.

A limited crowd of 10,000 will be allowed each day this weekend, and those fans will be the first to experience new video boards, concession stands, restrooms and 5G wireless connectivity.

Here’s the IndyCar weekend schedule for Indianapolis Motor Speedway Harvest GP:

(All times are Eastern)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Thursday, Oct. 1

Noon — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America test session
2:25 p.m. — IndyCar practice (NBC Sports Gold)
6:20 p.m. — IndyCar qualifying for Harvest GP, Race 1 (NBC Sports Gold)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Friday, Oct. 2

10:20 a.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America practice
1:40 p.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America practice
3:30 p.m. — IndyCar Harvest GP, Race 1 (USA Network, NBC Sports Gold)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Saturday, Oct. 3

10:20 a.m. — IndyCar qualifying for Harvest GP, Race 2 (NBC Sports Gold)
12:10 p.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America qualifying
2:30 p.m. — IndyCar Harvest GP, Race 2 (NBC, NBC Sports Gold)
5:30 p.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America pole shootout

IndyCar weekend schedule: Sunday, Oct. 4

10 a.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America race