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Dave Ryan joins Manor as racing director

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Manor Marussia Formula 1 Team has confirmed the arrival of Dave Ryan in the role of racing director.

Ryan, 61, returns to F1 after six years away from the sport. He was sacked from McLaren in 2009 after telling Lewis Hamilton to lie to the stewards in a bid to gain a position in the Australian Grand Prix.

Ryan had worked in the sport for 34 years, and joins Manor with immediate effect ahead of the departures of sporting director Graeme Lowdon and team principal John Booth at the end of the season.

“As Racing Director, Dave will oversee race team operations during an exciting period of development for the Manor Marussia F1 Team,” a statement from the team read.

“2015 has largely been a rebuilding year, but looking ahead to 2016, equipped with class-leading Mercedes-Benz Hybrid power, the team expects to be competing for championship points and position.”

Manor owner Stephen Fitzpatrick was pleased to welcome Ryan on board before formally confirming the departures of Booth and Lowdon.

“I’m delighted to announce Dave’s appointment in the newly created position of Racing Director,” Fitzpatrick said. “He needs no introduction, of course, having spent 34 years within the sport contributing to an incredible tally of race and championship wins.

“Along with our new Mercedes Benz power unit, technical partnership with Williams and recent additions to the design and technical team, Dave’s arrival is another important step towards our goal of creating a truly competitive racing team.

“I am also able to confirm that John Booth and Graeme Lowdon will be leaving the team at the end of the current season.

“I have the utmost respect for them as individuals and for all they have achieved, both with this team and in their long careers in motorsport, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their hard work and dedication during this season in particular.

“Like every great story, there comes a time to start a new chapter.”

Ryan was well aware of the challenge faced by Manor as it continues to rebuild following its collapse at the end of last year, but is relishing the opportunity to return to F1.

“I’m very excited to be joining the Manor Marussia F1 Team at a pivotal time in their development,” Ryan said.

“Having spent time with Stephen, and understood his vision for the future, it is clear he has ensured there is a strong platform from which the team can make big steps forward in the seasons ahead.

“Manor has all the hallmarks of a fiercely competitive racing team, but having grown up in a much more contemporary Formula 1 era, it is a very lean operation with a collaborative culture, which leaves it well placed to contend with the sport’s future direction.

“There is clearly a big challenge ahead and a lot of work to do, but I can’t wait to meet the wider team and get down to business.”

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.

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IndyCar is 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.