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Pro Mazda schedule shifts with Iowa race moved to Mazda Raceway

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The Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires schedule has been altered slightly with late news out Tuesday that its scheduled race at Iowa Speedway has been canceled due to low car count.

A third race on the season finale weekend of Sept. 9-11 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey will be added in Iowa’s place.

At what was the only oval event of the season for Pro Mazda last month at Lucas Oil Raceway outside Indianapolis, just eight cars took the green flag. Since that point, both Garett Grist (advanced into Indy Lights) and Jake Eidson (withdrew prior to Road America) are no longer on the grid and only TJ Fischer – as a replacement for Weiron Tan – has been added to the field.

It means each of the seven remaining races for Pro Mazda, which has primarily witnessed a battle between Team Pelfrey teammates Pato O’Ward and Aaron Telitz, will be held on road and street courses. O’Ward won at Lucas Oil Raceway earlier this year; the young Mexican opened his season with six wins in the first seven races before Telitz fought back with a doubleheader sweep at Road America last weekend.

The Iowa Speedway schedule would figure to be adjusted as a result. Pro Mazda had been due to share the weekend with the Verizon IndyCar Series and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, as well as ARCA.

Alex Marquez wins first MotoGP #StayAtHomeGP Virtual Race

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Alex Marquez of Spain won the inaugural MotoGP #StayAtHomeGP Virtual Race as the world’s premier bike racing series followed other motorsports into online racing.

The #StayAtHomeGP, which was streamed Sunday on several platforms including the Motorsports on NBC YouTube channel, featured a field of 10 riders competing on their console gaming systems at home.

Francesco Bagnaia was the runner-up, and Maverick Vinales rounded out the podium.

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Defending MotoGP premier series champion Marc Marquez, the older brother of the rookie race winner and his teammate at Repsol Honda Team, finished fifth.

Here’s a recap of the race from the MotoGP site.

The premier class of MotoGP has yet to hit the track this season as its opener was canceled and the next three races were postponed, including the Grand Prix of the Americas being moved from April 5 to Nov. 15.

Several other racing series have tried online racing in recent weeks.

IMSA held a “SuperSaturday at Sebring” March 21 in place of the postponed Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of SebringNASCAR started its Pro Invitational Series last Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway and will continue Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway. IndyCar kicked off its six-race IndyCar iRacing Challenge with a Saturday race at Watkins Glen International that was won by Sage Karam.