Formation of Andretti Technologies confirmed ahead of FIA Formula E finale

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LONDON – Ahead of the finale for the inaugural FIA Formula E season in London this weekend, Andretti Autosport has announced the formation of Andretti Technologies, a new company focusing on new innovations and advanced engineering.

The second Formula E season will see eight of the teams design their own powertrains working as manufacturers, with Andretti being granted this status back in January.

In a press conference in London ahead of this weekend’s ePrix, the formation of Andretti Technologies was confirmed in partnership with TE Connectivity. The latter’s colors will don the Andretti Formula E cars this weekend.

Andretti Technologies will be chiefly responsible for the design and production of the powertrains used by the Andretti Formula E Team from season two, which is set to kick off this fall.

“On behalf of Michael Andretti, who regretfully can’t be here today, I am proud and pleased to announce for you the formation of our newest company called Andretti Technologies,” executive vice president J.F. Thormann said on Friday.

“Andretti Technologies will serve as the advanced engineering arm across all of the Andretti companies.”

Director of motorsport development Roger Griffiths echoed Thormann’s thoughts, and explained how Andretti would be working alongside TE Connectivity.

“We are very excited about the new partnership between Andretti Technologies and TE,” Griffiths said. “We believe we have found a company that not only matches our passion for innovation and engineering in the arena of electrified vehicles but also shares our competitive spirit on the track too.

“A relationship that originally started on the racetrack in Indianapolis and has grown ever since, we are very proud to have TE continue to be part of the Andretti family.”

The new partnership will see the Andretti Formula E cars race with TE Connectivity branding this weekend and during pre-season testing in England over the summer.

“The livery on the car we have today is what we’ll have through this weekend and through the testing programme,” Griffiths said.

“As we move to season two, we’re sure we’ll see some updates on that, and that could potentially be the source of more exciting announcements to come.”

IndyCar race weekend doubleheader schedule at IMS road course

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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