Red Bull GRC: SH Rallycross adds The Vitamin Shoppe as co-primary sponsor for D.C.

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Nelson Piquet Jr. returns to the U.S. this week after the first FIA Formula E Championship test of its new season in Donington Park, with a test of a Team Penske IndyCar in Sonoma on Thursday and then a quick turnaround to the East coast with SH Rallycross in the next round of the Red Bull Global Rallycross at Washington, D.C.

Piquet will have another co-primary sponsor on his No. 07 SH Rallycross Ford Fiesta, with The Vitamin Shoppe joining Hydroxycut.

Here’s the full team release:

SH Rallycross announced today that the Vitamin Shoppe® will serve as co-primary sponsor of the No. 07 HYDROXYCUT/VITAMIN SHOPPE machine, piloted by Nelson Piquet Jr. in the upcoming Washington, D. C. round of the 2015 Red Bull Global Rallycross series on August 14-15 at RFK Stadium.

“So pumped to be connecting The Vitamin Shoppe brand with RedBull GRC fans both at the event and on Global T.V,” said James “Sulli” Sullivan, principal, SH Rallycross. “This race is in our nation’s capital and will be broadcast live on NBC so the timing is ideal for The Vitamin Shoppe to jump on board,” added Sulli.

The Vitamin Shoppe is a leading specialty retailer and contract manufacturer of nutritional products. In its stores and on its websites, the Vitamin Shoppe carries one of the most comprehensive assortments in the industry, including vitamins, minerals, specialty supplements, herbs, sports nutrition, homeopathic remedies, green living products and beauty aids.

Piquet Jr., who recently became the historic first Formula E champion, is just 17 points out of third place in the Red Bull GRC championship standings. The former Formula One and NASCAR driver, who just turned 30 years-old, has finished on the podium twice this season placing third at the season opener in Ft. Lauderdale and again at the MCAS New River.

“Really looking forward to running The Vitamin Shoppe brand on our car in D.C.,” said Piquet Jr. “The Vitamin Shoppe is a natural partner for me and the team as health and fitness are the most important part of my every day life and training. We had a frustrating weekend in Detroit with a mechanical issue, so I think this weekend is an opportunity to for us to show once again how fast we are and to give our partners Vitamin Shoppe and Hydroxycut a top result.”

Round 7 of the 2015 Red Bull Global Rallycross Series will be held at RFK Stadium on August 14 and 15. The race will be broadcast nationally on NBC on Saturday, August 15 starting at 3:00 p.m. EST.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway can have 10,000 fans for IndyCar races

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway will have crowds for its NTT IndyCar Series race weekend next month, the first time fans are allowed at the track this year.

The track announced Friday that up to 10,000 fans will be allowed in the grandstands daily from Oct. 1-4. The IndyCar Harvest GP race doubleheader will be held on the track’s road course Oct. 2-3.

IMS has played host to several events this year without fans, including the 104th Indianapolis 500 on Aug. 23 and a NASCAR-IndyCar weekend July 4-5 that included the Brickyard 400. Plans originally were made to have fans at the Indy 500 before reversing course a few weeks ahead of the race. In a letter last month, Roger Penske vowed that fans would return for the 2021 Indy 500.

“We can’t wait to see fans come through our gates for the first time in 2020,” IMS president Doug Boles said in a release. “They’ll be greeted by a vastly improved facility, featuring significant upgrades to the spectator experience. We’re also extremely grateful to have a presenting sponsor with the expertise and resources of GMR as we look to implement our detailed and comprehensive health and safety plan.”

Fans will undergo temperature screenings upon entry and also be required to wear face coverings at all times on property. The track said each attendee will receive a mask and bottle of hand sanitizer.

The Friday, Oct. 2 race will be shown at 3:30 p.m. ET on USA, and NBC will broadcast the Saturday, Oct. 3 race at 2:30 p.m. ET.

Here’s the release from Indianapolis Motor Speedway:

INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020 – For the first time in 2020, Indianapolis Motor Speedway will welcome fans to the Racing Capital of the World for the INDYCAR Harvest GP presented by GMR weekend. Up to 10,000 spectators can be in the grandstands each day of racing action Oct. 1-4, per approval from the Marion County Public Health Department.

Tickets are available now via IMS.com and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

The massive facility, which holds more than 300,000 people, will provide two spectator zones with up to 5,000 fans in each. The zones will be located in Turns 1 and 4 of the oval, offering strong sightlines of the road course. Strict health and safety rules will be in place, including the following:

  • Face coverings must be worn throughout the property at all times;
  • All fans will receive temperature screenings before gate entry;
  • Grandstand seats will be marked for distancing;
  • Attendees must use pre-assigned gates and remain in their designated zones.

Global Medical Response, the world leader in compassionate, quality emergency medical and patient relocation services, will be the presenting sponsor of the penultimate weekend of INDYCAR racing this season.

“We can’t wait to see fans come through our gates for the first time in 2020,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “They’ll be greeted by a vastly improved facility, featuring significant upgrades to the spectator experience. We’re also extremely grateful to have a presenting sponsor with the expertise and resources of GMR as we look to implement our detailed and comprehensive health and safety plan.”

The plan, which includes each attendee receiving a mask and a bottle of hand sanitizer upon entering the track, was developed in consultation with state and local health officials.

This event weekend is highlighted by an NTT INDYCAR SERIES doubleheader, with races Friday, Oct. 2 and Saturday, Oct. 3. It will be the penultimate event of the series’ season as the field pursues the champion’s prestigious Astor Challenge Cup to be awarded Sunday, Oct. 25 at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

The INDYCAR Harvest GP will pay tribute to a storied IMS event, the Harvest Classic in September 1916. The Harvest Classic was the only racing event held outside of May at IMS from 1911 through 1993. The event featured three races, all won by legendary driver Johnny Aitken.

Fans also will see a host of facility improvements during the event weekend, including more than 30 new LED video boards, refreshed concession stands and restrooms, and 5G wireless connectivity throughout the facility.

The first race will air at 3:30 p.m. (ET) Friday, Oct. 2 on the USA Network. NBC will broadcast the second race at 2:30 p.m. (ET) Saturday, Oct. 3, with WTHR-13 airing the action live in Central Indiana.

Also racing that weekend will be the first pairing of two major sports car series — the Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli and its North American counterpart, GT World Challenge America Powered by AWS. Former Indianapolis 500 pole winner Ryan Briscoe is among the drivers in the Indianapolis 8 Hour event held Sunday, Oct. 4.

The event also will showcase drivers in SRO America’s Pirelli GT4 America, GT Sports Club America and the TC America series.

The full on-track schedule is available at IMS.com.