Enerson scores first career Indy Lights pole for Mid-Ohio race one

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LEXINGTON, Ohio – RC Enerson has scored his first career Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires pole position, following a thrilling battle between he and his Schmidt Peterson Motorsports teammate and series points leader Jack Harvey.

“That was definitely tricky conditions. Got better and better, and I knew it would come down to the last two or three laps. Made some significant changes and it really helped the car a lot,” Enerson told IndyCar Radio’s Rob Howden.

Enerson added during the press conference that “he’d be more nervous if (Harvey) wasn’t next to him.”

Several times within the final 15 minutes of the 35-minute session, as track conditions improved as the track rubbered, Enerson and Harvey swapped the top spots.

Enerson was first in the 1:13 range, with Harvey and Enerson then exchanging the lead three different times before Enerson set the ultimate pole time of 1:12.9687 in the No. 7 Lucas Oil Dallara IL15-Mazda.

Harvey leads Spencer Pigot by 18 points and Ed Jones by 20 heading into the first of this weekend’s two Indy Lights race.

Pigot qualified third, while Jones struggled to 10th in the session.

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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.