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MRTI: TJ Fischer joins Team Pelfrey USF2000 lineup

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TJ Fischer joins the previously announced Robert Megennis and Jordan Cane with Team Pelfrey’s Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda program for the 2016 season, with the 21-year-old announced on Thursday.

The full release is below:

Team Pelfrey announced today that TJ Fischer will sign with Team Pelfrey for the 2016 season in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda.

Fischer, 21, arrives at Team Pelfrey after competing in Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS during the 2015 season where the Vacaville, C.A. native raced on world class circuits throughout Europe and managed a career-best 5th place finish at Monza and a 7th place finish at GP de Pau. Fischer claimed 8th place overall in the championship, the highest finishing rookie.

“I’m stoked to be joining Team Pelfrey’s organization under their USF2000 program. The team as a whole is very professional and goes about racing in a methodical manner that has results to back-up what they’re doing,” said Fischer.

Fischer will pilot the No. 82 Rathbun Associates-sponsored Team Pelfrey Mazda when the green flag waves in St. Petersburg, Fla. On March 11, 2016.

“I’m excited to have Rathbun Associates onboard for this season as the title sponsor. As always, results aren’t the only incentive for sponsors and it’s as much to do with how I’m able to deliver for them off the track that makes the difference. Also, a big thanks to our associate sponsors which include Kunshan Haixin Precision Hardware and Electronics, XComGlobal, MeUndies, ONNIT Supplements, Molecule, Adidas Motorsport and Bell Helmets. We’re excited to continue our brand building with our friends and supporters to date as well as bringing onboard our new partners. We’re still working with a few more partners that we hope to announce soon.”

Fischer’s love for motorsports began when he was ten years old racing karts in Northern California. In 2013, he captured the Formula Car Challenge National Championship, the SCCA Majors Western Conference Championship, and the Formula Car Challenge Western Conference Championship. In 2014, Fischer raced for Cliff Dempsey Racing Team in BARC Protyre Formula Renault Series where he finished the season with six top-5 finishes and in 6th place in the overall season championship.

“Honestly, I’m excited to head into the 2016 season with the confidence of a solid team capable of winning behind me, as well as a really well thought out testing plan to get myself gelled with the car and team. New year, new team, new continent of racing circuits. Time to get to business.”

Fischer’s teammates are Mazda Road to Indy newcomers, Robert Megennis and Jordan Cane. The 2016 season will see Team Pelfrey become the only team to operate at every level of the Mazda Road to Indy ladder, as well as the F1600 Formula F Championship Series.

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.