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.

Report: Spencer Pigot out at Ed Carpenter Racing

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Spencer Pigot will not return to Ed Carpenter Racing in 2020, according to a story Thursday by RACER.com.

The 26-year-old Floridian, who won the 2015 Indy Lights championship, is expected to be replaced in the No. 21 Chevrolet by 2019 Indy Lights runner-up Rinus VeeKay.

“I’m appreciative of the opportunity ECR gave me,” Pigot told RACER.com. “I understand the reasons they had to go in a different direction, and wish them all the best.”

In 56 NTT IndyCar Series starts, Pigot has 15 top 10 finishes, with a best finish of second at Iowa in 2018. He finished 14th in the 2019 point standings.

VeeKay, who tested in an Indy car twice for ECR in 2019, has six wins in 18 Indy Lights starts, including a weekend sweep of the final two rounds of the season at Laguna Seca in September.

A representative from ECR told NBC Sports Thursday that the team currently could not comment on any driver rumors as the team currently does not have any drivers under contract for the 2020 season, although it is presumed that owner/driver Carpenter will return to the No. 20 entry for the oval rounds.

NBC Sports will provide updates on the story once more information becomes available.