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IMSA: Action Express Corvette DP, Ford double up again at CTMP

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Just like a week ago at Watkins Glen International, an Action Express Racing Corvette DP 1-2 sweep and the No. 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT have won the latest round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season – this time at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

This time it was the No. 31 Whelen Engineering-backed entry of Dane Cameron and Eric Curran securing its first win of the season in a Corvette DP 1-4 sweep, the first for that car this year.

The No. 5 Action Express car (Christian Fittipaldi and Joao Barbosa) was second ahead of the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing and No. 90 Visit Florida Racing Corvette DPs.

Ford, meanwhile, won its third straight race in GT Le Mans with the No. 67 car driven by Richard Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe following up their past triumphs at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and Watkins Glen.

The Ford win is perhaps somewhat surprising following a Balance of Performance change heading into the weekend, but the Corvette Racing pair of C7.Rs were back, close in second and third in class.

Other class winners were CORE autosport with Colin Braun and Jon Bennett (second win of the year, PC, Sebring) and Turner Motorsport with Jens Klingmann and Bret Curtis in their BMW M6 GT3 (first win of the year, GTD).

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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.