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Romain Grosjean wins first F1 Driver of the Day in Australia

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It’s not really a surprise after his incredible run to sixth place and a debut points finish for Haas F1 Team, but it’s still cool that it’s official – Romain Grosjean has been confirmed as the first Driver of the Day in F1 voting this year.

One of the new honors to be bestowed this year, Grosjean was well clear of the field, once it became apparent that only a single vote per user would be cast.

F1 released that note this morning: “* Note – in the interests of fairness, multiple votes identified as originating from the same source were not counted.”

That comes after what had been a lopsided total in favor of Manor Racing’s Rio Haryanto. You can see how that got to where it was from this thread on Twitter, below:

Grosjean was understandably pleased and excited with the results:

The official F1 Driver of the Day award wasn’t the only award he won. Grosjean also scooped up the honor in our @F1onNBCSports poll:

And here were three other celebratory tweets he posted:

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.

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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.