SONOMA, Calif. – A very cool moment has taken place this afternoon at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.
The Verizon IndyCar Series was meant to celebrate its championship race this weekend anyway at Sonoma Raceway, and has now combined that with paying tribute to the late Justin Wilson in a special motorcade of IndyCars going across the Golden Gate Bridge.
Via Verizon’s @PaddockInsider Twitter account, here is a video of the cars crossing the Golden Gate.
An updated video is below from NBCSN, shown during today’s NASCAR AMERICA:
Twitter user @F1US also Periscoped the event for it to be viewed live.
Here are some photos from in and around the event, in the lead-up to the event.
Marco Andretti took the reins of Wilson’s car; Will Power, Josef Newgarden, Graham Rahal and James Hinchcliffe were also in cars.
Hinchcliffe, injured earlier this year in an accident in practice for the Indianapolis 500, returned to the car for the first time today since that, as he drove IndyCar’s two-seater with the Astor Cup championship trophy in the back seat.
More to follow…
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.