Indianapolis Motor Speedway ‘bronze badges’ ready to go out of this world

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If you’re fortunate to be one of the select few that receive bronze badges for the Indianapolis 500, it’s oftentimes an out of this world like feeling.

One of the biggest perks of the purchased badges is that holders get access to the garages at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and get to see IndyCar drivers and their ultra-sleek, open-wheel rides throughout the month of May (with the exception of race day for the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis and the Indianapolis 500).

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Now those same badges will truly go out of this world when they blast off Friday on the next scheduled trip to the International Space Station.

The badges will be aboard SpaceX8, which is a cargo resupply mission to the ISS.

If you have a bronze badge and are excited about the milestone 500, imagine how folks at Indianapolis Motor Speedway feel about their badges blasting off into space.

Check out the pride IMS has in the following tweet:

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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.