NHRA’s 2017 schedule gets released

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The 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule has been released without too many major changes.

Houston and Charlotte swap dates early in the season, with Charlotte’s Four-Wide Nationals still the last weekend in April but with Houston moved ahead instead of behind.

Otherwise the schedule is nearly identical to how it was in 2016.

You can see the full schedule, below:

2017 NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING SERIES SCHEDULE
NHRA Mello Yello Series Regular Season
Feb. 9-12 Circle K NHRA Winternationals Pomona
Feb. 24-26 Advance Auto Parts NHRA Nationals Phoenix
March 16-19 Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals (PSM) Gainesville
March 31-April 2 Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals Las Vegas
April 21-23 NHRA SpringNationals Houston
April 28-30 NHRA Four-Wide Nationals (PSM) Charlotte
May 5-7 NHRA Southern Nationals (PSM) Atlanta
May 19-21 NHRA Kansas Nationals Topeka
June 2-4 NHRA New England Nationals Epping
June 8-11 NHRA Summernationals (PSM) Englishtown
June 16-18 NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Bristol
June 22-25 Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals (PSM) Norwalk
July 6-9 Route 66 NHRA Nationals (PSM) Chicago
July 21-23 Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals (PSM) Denver
July 28-30 Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals (PSM) Sonoma
Aug. 4-6 NHRA Northwest Nationals Seattle
Aug. 17-20 Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals (PSM) Brainerd
Aug. 30-Sept. 4 Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals (PSM) Indianapolis
NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship
Sept. 15-17 NHRA Carolina Nationals (PSM) Charlotte
Sept. 22-24 AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals (PSM) St. Louis
Sept. 28-Oct. 1 NHRA Keystone Nationals (PSM) Reading
Oct. 12-15 AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals (PSM) Dallas
Oct. 26-29 NHRA Toyota Nationals (PSM) Las Vegas
Nov. 9-12 Auto Club NHRA Finals (PSM) Pomona
(PSM) – Event will include Pro Stock Motorcycle

Michael Schumacher’s son to make F1 practice debut at Nurburgring

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MARANELLO, Italy — Mick Schumacher, son of the legednary seven-time champion, will have an official Formula One drive during an F1 race weekend for the first time next week at the Nurburgring, Alfa Romeo and Ferrari said Tuesday.

Schumacher gets the practice drive in an Alfa Romeo on Oct. 9 on his home track in Germany as a member of Ferrari’s young driver program, taking over Antonio Giovinazzi’s car for the first session of the weekend.

“I am overjoyed to get this chance in free practice,” Schumacher said in a statement. “I’m going to prepare myself well, so that I can do the best possible job for the team and gain some valuable data for the weekend.”

The 21-year-old Schumacher leads the Formula 2 standings after winning races in Monza and Sochi. He won the European Formula 3 championship in 2018 and tested a Ferrari F1 car in Bahrain in April 2019. He also has done demonstration runs in his father’s old cars, most recently this month ahead of the Tuscan Grand Prix in a championship-winning 2004 Ferrari.

Michael Schumacher holds the F1 record with 91 victories, which Lewis Hamilton is on the verge of tying.

Ferrari said two other drivers in its academy program will also get practice drives in Formula One.

Callum Ilott, a British driver who is second to Mick Schumacher in F2, will drive an F1 Haas at the Nurburgring on the same day as Schumacher. Russian driver Robert Shwartzman will drive in practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Dec. 11, though Ferrari hasn’t said for which team.

The German round was added to the F1 schedule after the coronavirus pandemic disrupted the season and will be officially known as the Eifel Grand Prix after a nearby mountain range. The Nurburgring last hosted F1 in 2013.