Milwaukee IndyFest weekend schedule released; IndyCar to qualify, race same day

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The Verizon IndyCar Series heads into a stretch of three consecutive oval races at three different sizes of ovals the next month, from the 2-mile Auto Club Speedway to the 0.875-mile Iowa Speedway.

Sandwiched in-between is a stop at the oldest track on the circuit, the Milwaukee Mile on July 12, and the race will have a unique schedule this year that somewhat mirrors a schedule you’d see on a doubleheader race weekend.

The race’s full name is the ABC Supply Co. Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest Presented by the Metro Milwaukee Honda Dealers, but often shortened to Milwaukee IndyFest.

With the Harry Miller Club vintage race occurring earlier in the weekend, actual track time for both IndyCar and the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires is reduced on Saturday. Both series have one practice apiece on Saturday, and Indy Lights qualifies.

On Sunday, the schedule intensifies. IndyCar has its second practice (9:15-10:00 a.m. CT and local time), qualifying (12:30-1:30 p.m. CT) and the race (4:35 p.m. CT green flag, after live race coverage starts 4:00 p.m. CT and 5:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN) all in the same day.

It will present a thrash for the teams, as Milwaukee adjusts to its third different date in as many years (mid-June in 2013, mid-August last year and now mid-July this year).

View the full weekend schedule here.

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.