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Rossiter in at ByKolles for Silverstone, Spa WEC races

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James Rossiter has joined the ByKolles LMP1 team for the opening two rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship at Silverstone and Spa-Francorchamps.

Rossiter (pictured left) raced for the Colin Kolles-run WEC Lotus operation sporadically between 2012 and 2014 while also plying his trade in the Japanese Super Formula and Super GT series.

With regular driver Pierre Kaffer being tied to other events for the weekends of the first two six-hour races, Rossiter has been drafted in to join Oliver Webb and Simon Trummer in the no. 4 car.

“Pierre has other contractual racing duties. Therefore, we had to look for an adequate replacement for the first two races – and we found it in James Rossiter,” ByKolles racing director of operations Boris Bermes said.

“We know James very well from the past; he was racing in past for us in the LMP1 and LMP2 classes. James is technically competent and a very fast driver.

“Together with Simon Trummer and Oliver Webb he will make a strong driver line-up, and they will be able to fight for good results despite the strong competition in the WEC.

“Pierre Kaffer will be back at the wheel for the 24 hour race in Le Mans.

“I can’t wait to drive the LMP1 car,” Rossiter added. “I have raced in Le Mans prototypes many times. It’s fantastic to contest in the WEC again. The season opener will take place at Silverstone.

“It is my home race and therefore a very special event for me. I am looking forward to supporting the ByKOLLES Racing Team in the further development of the car.

“We aim for the best possible results at Silverstone and Spa; at the same time we want to prepare the car for the important race in Le Mans.”

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.