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Binder replaces suspended Matsushita for Austria GP2 round

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ART Grand Prix has confirmed that Rene Binder will replace the suspended Nobuharu Matsushita for this weekend’s GP2 Series round in Austria.

Matsushita was handed a ban for the upcoming event at the Red Bull Ring for driving dangerously during the sprint race in Azerbaijan two weeks ago, where his antics behind the safety car came under scrutiny.

Binder arrives with a wealth of experience racing in GP2, having made his debut back in 2012.

The Austrian currently races in Formula V8 3.5 with Lotus, where he sits fourth in the drivers’ championship after eight races.

“First of all I want to thank ART Grand Prix for this great opportunity to drive their car at my home race in Spielberg,” Binder said.

“I like GP2 but I still have some unfinished business with it so I always said that if there was a chance to get a drive with a top team within the season I would not hesitate to take the challenge.

“Of course it will take a few laps to get the feeling for the car and for the Pirelli tires again. However, I am sure that I will get the best possible support from the team who is, without any doubt, among the most successful race teams in Europe.”

McLaren junior Matsushita will return for the following round at Silverstone next weekend.

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.