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American teams, drivers star at Le Mans 2016

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The American assault on the 24 Hours of Le Mans this year was a big one, and a good one.

The obvious triumphs come in the GTE classes. Ford, as noted, dominated the GTE-Pro proceedings with first, third and fourth in class in the new GT. Risi Competizione made it an all-American entered team sweep of the top three as they came second with its Ferrari 488 GTE.

Then there’s Scuderia Corsa, which won in GTE-Am with NBCSN IndyCar analyst Townsend Bell, Bill Sweedler and Jeff Segal.

Gustavo Menezes won in LMP2, as part of the lineup that finished fifth overall in the No. 36 Signatech Alpine A460 Nissan.

Here’s the American teams/drivers overall results at Le Mans:

LMP2

  • 5 (LMP2, 1). 36-Menezes (USA)/Richelmi/Lapierre, Signatech Alpine A460 Nissan
  • 14 (LMP2, 9). 49-Pew (USA)/Negri (USA)/Vanthoor, Michael Shank Racing (USA) Ligier JS P2 Honda
  • 16 (LMP2, 11). 30-Brown (USA)/Sharp (USA)/van Overbeek (USA), Tequila Patron ESM (USA), Ligier JS P2 Nissan
  • 22 (LMP2, 13). 40-Krohn (USA)/Jonsson/Barbosa, Krohn Racing (USA) Ligier JS P2 Nissan
  • 34 (LMP2, 15). 48-Keating (USA)/Bleekemolen/Goossens, Murphy Prototypes Oreca 03R Nissan
  • 42 (LMP2, 16). 31-Dalziel/Derani/Cumming, Tequila Patron ESM (USA), Ligier JS P2 Nissan
  • R (LMP2, 22). 35-Cheng (USA)/Tung/Panciatici, Baxi DC Racing Alpine A460 Nissan

GTE-Pro

  • 18 (GTE-Pro, 1). 68-Hand (USA)/Mueller/Bourdais, Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA (USA) Ford GT
  • 19 (GTE-Pro, 2). 82-Fisichella/Vilander/Malucelli, Risi Competizione (USA) Ferrari 488 GTE
  • 20 (GTE-Pro, 3). 69-Briscoe/Westbrook/Dixon, Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA (USA) Ford GT
  • 21 (GTE-Pro, 4). 66-Pla/Mucke/B. Johnson (USA), Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK (USA) Ford GT
  • 25 (GTE-Pro, 7). 63-Magnussen/Garcia/R. Taylor (USA), Corvette Racing (USA) Corvette C7.R
  • 40 (GTE-Pro, 9). 67-Franchitti/Priaulx/Tincknell, Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK (USA) Ford GT
  • R (GTE-Pro, 10). 64-Gavin/Milner (USA)/J. Taylor (USA), Corvette Racing (USA) Corvette C7.R

GTE-Am

  • 26 (GTE-Am, 1). 62-T. Bell (USA)/Sweedler (USA)/Segal (USA), Scuderia Corsa (USA) Ferrari F458 Italia
  • 28 (GTE-Am, 3). 88-Al Qubaisi/DHH/P. Long (USA), Abu Dhabi Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR
  • 39 (GTE-Am, 9). 57-O’Connell (USA)/Bryant/Patterson (USA), Team AAI Corvette C7.R
  • R (GTE-Am, 13). 89-MacNeil (USA)/L. Keen (USA)/M. Miller (USA), Proton Competition Porsche 911 RSR

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.

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.