Double duty sports car weekend on tap at two iconic road courses

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It may not be the 24 Hours of Le Mans, but both the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and Pirelli World Challenge will be in action this weekend at two of North America’s most iconic and historic road courses.

For the TUDOR Championship, it’s a trip to Watkins Glen International for the third round of the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup. A six-hour enduro is often one of the tougher tests of the season and will see all four of the series’ classes – Prototype, Prototype Challenge, GT Le Mans and GT Daytona – all back together for only the fourth time this season (Daytona, Sebring, Monterey).

Meanwhile World Challenge heads to Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. for an all-class weekend to showcase more than 100 cars from 21 different manufacturers. It’s the third all-class weekend of the year (COTA, Mosport) and marks the return of PWC to Road America as a featured event; last year, it ran with the NASCAR Xfinity (then Nationwide) Series.

The conflict has meant there are a handful of drivers or staff who will be at one instead of the other, since some work in both series.

Alas, it will be a treat for fans, who will have 10+ hours of racing to digest between all class races this weekend.

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

IndyCar NASCAR doubleheader 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.