Dillmann pleased with maiden Formula E outing

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Tom Dillmann believes that he made the most of his maiden outing in an FIA Formula E car with Team Aguri at Donington Park earlier this week, but is unsure when he will get another opportunity to test.

Currently racing in Formula Renault 3.5, Dillmann was called up to test with Team Aguri at the first public running ahead of Formula E’s second season, starting in Beijing on October 17.

Dillmann managed to finish inside the top ten of the standings on both days of running at Donington Park despite having never tested the car before, and was pleased with the mileage that he managed to rack up.

“It was my first time in the car so it was about getting the mileage,” Dillmann told the series’ website. “I did one qualifying sim and then some race runs. It was a packed day, so we made the most of it.

“It went quite well. I spent the last four days with the team on the simulator at the workshop so they prepared me well. Of course it’s very different but I had no surprises today, it was as I expected.”

Dillmann admitted that he has no further tests with Team Aguri planned for the time being, with next week’s running being allocated to Nicolas Lapierre and Nathanael Berthon.

“I don’t know more at the moment,” Dillmann said. “It depends on what they do for next year, so we’ll have to see, but I enjoyed it.

“It was fun to go to 200kw in the afternoon and I wish we could do more laps like that. Of course it’s slower than anything I’ve raced before but it’s not easy to get a good time and when you are up against such good drivers and to compare yourself against a grid like that it makes it thrilling.”

Testing at Donington Park resumes on Monday, with four further days planned in the next two weeks.

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.

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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.