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Wehrlein regains DTM championship lead at Oschersleben

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Mercedes AMG Petronas reserve driver Pascal Wehrlein continued to strengthen his bid for a seat in Formula 1 next season by regaining the lead of the DTM championship at Oschersleben this weekend.

Wehrlein races for Mercedes in DTM, Germany’s leading touring car series that pits the marque up against rivals Audi and BMW.

In just his third season in the series, Wehrlein finds himself in contention for the championship, having won races at the Norisring and in Moscow so far this year.

On a weekend that was dominated by BMW, Wehrlein managed to emerge with the lead of the championship once again as title rival Matthias Ekstrom hit trouble at Oschersleben.

A pointless weekend for the Swede saw Wehrlein regain top spot in the standings by finishing fifth on both Saturday and Sunday, giving him a lead of 14-point lead with two rounds remaining.

The other title protagonists, Edoardo Mortara and Jamie Green, both had quiet weekends. Mortara retired from both races, whilst Green could score just four points on Sunday.

Saturday’s race was won by former F1 driver Timo Glock, who dominated proceedings from pole position. The German posted the fastest lap en route to his second DTM victory by 1.8 seconds from Bruno Spengler. Antonio Felix da Costa completed the podium in third place.

On Sunday, BMW dominated proceedings again as Tom Blomqvist claimed his maiden DTM win. The British rookie stepped up to the series from F3 at the end of last year, and became the tenth different winner in 14 races.

Wehrlein is known to have held talks with Force India about a seat in F1 for 2016, but with the team set to retain Sergio Perez alongside the already-confirmed Nico Hulkenberg, the German is unlikely to find a role there.

Instead, he may be able to secure a seat with Manor Marussia F1 Team. Earlier this week, Autosport reported that the British outfit was in talks with Mercedes over an engine deal for 2016, which would most probably pave the way for Wehrlein to race for the team.

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

IndyCar NASCAR doubleheader 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.