Lapierre and Berthon to test for Team Aguri at Donington Park next week

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Nicolas Lapierre and Nathanael Berthon will take part in next week’s FIA Formula E test at Donington Park for Team Aguri.

The Japanese team enjoyed a successful outing at the first public pre-season test earlier this week as Salvador Duran and Tom Dillmann shared driving duties.

However, neither driver will take part in next week’s second test at Donington Park, and will instead be replaced by Lapierre and Berthon, as confirmed to MotorSportsTalk by a team spokesperson on Friday.

Lapierre has enjoyed a successful career in sportscars over the past eight years since turning his attention away from single seaters, racing for Toyota’s LMP1 team between 2012 and 2014.

The Frenchman left the team last fall before joining KCMG in LMP2, with whom he played a part in one of the most dominant class victories in recent memory at Le Mans this year.

Now, Lapierre will get a chance to sample a Formula E car for the first time with Team Aguri, testing alongside fellow countryman Berthon.

Berthon currently races in GP2 with Team Lazarus, and also raced at Le Mans earlier this year with Murphy Prototypes, finishing fifth in the LMP2 class.

MotorSportsTalk understands that although both drivers are testing for Team Aguri, the team is yet to make any firm decision about its drive line-up for season two, which starts in Beijing on October 17.

Duran and Dillmann both put in impressive displays at Donington Park earlier this week, whilst Sakon Yamamoto is also known to still have ties with the Japanese team and is set to take part in a show run later this month.

The second Formula E pre-season test takes place at Donington Park on August 17 and 18.

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 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.

INDYCAR AT IMS THIS WEEKEND: Harvest GP schedule, entry lists

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.