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GP2, GP3 schedules confirmed for 2016, featuring new races

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The calendars for the upcoming GP2 and GP3 Series seasons have been released, featuring new events for both junior championships.

GP2 and GP3 feature on Formula 1’s undercard and are generally regarded as being the second and third highest ‘rungs’ on the motorsport ladder in Europe.

The grids for both series are most set, with GP2 poised to be particularly competitive as Sergey Sirotkin, Alex Lynn, Pierre Gasly, Raffaele Marciello and Oliver Rowland are tipped to battle for the championship.

GP2 will start later than usual in 2016 following the change in date for the Bahrain Grand Prix, making a weekend at Sakhir impossible given the timing of the final winter test at Jerez.

The first race of the year is in Spain on May 14, with round two once again taking place at Monaco. GP3 will also kick off in Spain, but will not return until the beginning of July at the Austrian Grand Prix.

In support of the inaugural F1 race in Azerbaijan, GP2 will also venture to Baku for round three of the year, and will return to Sepang, Malaysia for the first time since 2013 later in the year.

GP3 will make its first appearance in Malaysia as well, with both series wrapping up in Abu Dhabi at the end of November.

2016 GP2 Series Calendar

1. Spain 13-15 May
2. Monaco 26-28 May
3. Azerbaijan 17-19 June
4. Austria 1-3 July
5. Great Britain 8-10 July
6. Hungary 22-24 July
7. Germany 29-31 July
8. Belgium 26-28 August
9. Italy 2-4 September
10. Malaysia 31 September – 2 October
​11. Abu Dhabi 25-27 November

2016 GP3 Series Calendar

1. Spain 13-15 May
2. Austria 1-3 July
3. Great Britain 8-10 July
4. Hungary 22-24 July
5. Germany 29-31 July
6. Belgium 26-29 August
7. Italy 2-4 September
8. Malaysia 30 September – 2 October
​9. Abu Dhabi 27-29 November

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.