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Buemi quickest again in second Mexico City ePrix practice

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Sebastien Buemi set the pace once again in the second free practice session at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez ahead of Saturday’s Mexico City ePrix.

Formula E championship leader Buemi left his 200kW lap until late in the 30-minute session, but made full use of it by producing a lap of 1:03.341 to finish four-tenths of a second clear at the head of the field.

Jean-Eric Vergne and Sam Bird had both led early on for DS Virgin Racing, but the session was interrupted after 13 minutes when home favorite Salvador Duran suffered a possible software issue on his Aguri car, leaving him stranded on the track.

Once the Mexican had been recovered under a red flag, the session resumed with most of the drivers heading out to complete their 200kW laps, using all of the power permitted in practice.

ABT Schaeffler teammates Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi rose to first and second place respectively with their qualifying simulations, while ex-IndyCar driver Mike Conway slotted into third place for Venturi.

However, their times were not enough to keep Buemi at bay as he re-claimed P1 with three minutes remaining, doubling up after topping first practice earlier in the morning.

Renault e.dams teammate Nicolas Prost ended the session fourth behind di Grassi, while Conway held on to P5 ahead of NEXTEV TCR’s Oliver Turvey.

Jerome d’Ambrosio finished up in seventh place ahead of Stephane Sarrazin, while Vergne and defending champion Nelson Piquet Jr. completed the top ten.

Qualifying for the Mexico City ePrix takes place in less than one hour’s time ahead of the race at 5pm ET.

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 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.

INDYCAR AT IMS THIS WEEKEND: Harvest GP schedule, entry lists

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.