Le Mans winner Bamber to race in next two WEC rounds

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Earl Bamber will race in the next two rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship with Abu Dhabi Proton Racing in the GTE Am class starting with next weekend’s 6 Hours of Nurburgring.

Bamber (pictured right) raced alongside Nico Hulkenberg (left) and Nick Tandy (centre) in the no. 19 Porsche LMP1 car that claimed the German marque’s first overall victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans since 1998 in June.

The New Zealander also raced in the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in May as part of Porsche’s plan to run a third car at two races in the 2015 WEC season, and appeared to have made his final appearance of the season.

However, Bamber will now return to the WEC for next weekend’s race at the Nurburgring with the Abu Dhabi Proton Racing team, racing in the no. 88 Porsche 911.

Bamber will race alongside Khaled Al Qubaisi and Christian Ried, taking the seat of regular driver Klaus Bachler. The Austrian is unable to take part due to a clash with an ADAC GT Masters at the Sachsenring.

Bachler also cannot race at the Circuit of the Americas in September, where the six-hour WEC race will make up part of the Lone Star Le Mans weekend in Austin, Texas. Bamber will once again step into his role for this race before Bachler returns for the remaining three rounds of the season.

Nick Tandy will also be returning to the WEC for the race at the Nurburgring, joining KCMG’s no. 47 car in LMP2.

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