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Report: Christian Bale quits ‘Ferrari’ biopic over health concerns

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Christian Bale has pulled out of playing Enzo Ferrari in Michael Mann’s upcoming biopic due to concerns about the drastic weight gain required for the role.

A film on the life of Ferrari has been in the works for many years, and production is due to start this spring.

Bale had been due to take the title role and work with Mann once again following 2009’s Public Enemies, but has now quit according to a report from Deadline.

“The start date of spring this year was simply too soon for the Big Short actor to get that out of shape again,” the report states.

Bale has previously had to deal with drastic weight loss and gain for his roles. The British actor lost 60 pounds for The Machinist in 2004 and also put on 50 pounds for 2013’s American Hustle.

In spite of Bale’s departure, the film reportedly remains firmly on track as Mann looks to move quickly to find a new lead actor.

Motorsport has enjoyed a great amount of exposure in the film industry over the past few years. Following the success of Senna, the battle between Niki Lauda and James Hunt for the 1976 Formula 1 title was profiled in Rush before the documentary film 1: Life On The Limit came out in 2013.

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