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Sachsenring secures MotoGP contract until 2021

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MotoGP will continue to visit the Sachsenring until 2021 after an agreement was struck for the Saxony venue to remain the host of the German Grand Prix.

The Sachsenring has hosted Germany’s round of the premier class of motorcycle racing since 1998, with a new five-year deal for the race being confirmed last month.

MotoGP officials confirmed at the time that the event was not tied to a particular circuit despite signing an extension with ADAC, Germany’s motorsport federation, which was waiting for approval from the Sachsenring.

On Thursday, MotoGP issued a statement confirming that the deal had been agreed to keep the Sachsenring on the calendar for the next five years.

“The Sachsenring is certainly the most ideal venue for a German motorcycle Grand Prix,” ADAC sport president Hermann Tomczyk said.

“I am therefore very pleased that it will now be hosting a world championship race for the next years. The event has been a huge success ever since 1998.”

“The German Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Sachsenring is a spectacular event with great fans and is an important fixture on the MotoGP calendar,” Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta said.

“We welcome the announcement that the German Motorcycle Grand Prix will continue to take place at the Sachsenring in the coming years.”

The Sachsenring has also been linked with hosting Germany’s Formula 1 race in the future in recent weeks amid ongoing financial difficulties for the Nürburgring, which looks unlikely to host a grand prix once again in 2017 due to the high running costs.

IndyCar at IMS Friday: How to watch, start times, live streaming info

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With three races remaining in the NTT IndyCar Series season, Scott Dixon has a commanding lead and history on his side entering Friday’s opener of the Harvest GP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The five-time series champion leads defending champ Josef Newgarden by 72 points.

Since 2014, the points leader with three races left has won the championship in five of the past six years, including Dixon in ’18.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver has led the championship standings following every round after opening 2020 with three consecutive victories. Dixon also led the points by 78 points with three races remaining when he won the title in 2008.

Dixon, Newgarden, Pato O’Ward, Colton Herta, Will Power, Graham Rahal and Takuma Sato are championship eligible.

Anyone outside 108 points of the lead after Indy will be eliminated heading into the Oct. 25 season finale at St. Petersburg, Florida.

Here is the IndyCar Harvest GP at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course schedule for Friday (all times are ET), including details and start times:


Indianapolis Motor Speedway TV schedule for Friday

IndyCar Harvest GP Race 1: 3:30 p.m., USA Network, NBC Sports Gold and streaming on the NBC Sports App and NBCSports.com); Leigh Diffey is the lead announcer for IndyCar on NBCSN this weekend with analysts Townsend Bell and Paul Tracy.


IndyCar Harvest GP, Race 1 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway start times, information

COMMAND TO START ENGINES: 3:53 p.m.

GREEN FLAG: 4 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 85 laps (207.35 miles) around Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s a 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course in Indianapolis.

TIRE ALLOTMENT: Nine sets primary, five sets alternate (A 10th set of primary tires is available to any car fielding a rookie.) Teams must use one set of primary and one set of alternate tires in the race.

PUSH TO PASS: 200 seconds of total time with a maximum time of 20 seconds per activation.

FORECAST: According to Wunderground.com, it’s expected to be 57 degrees with a 0% chance of rain at the green flag.

QUALIFYING: 6:20 p.m. Thursday (NBC Sports Gold)

ENTRY LIST: Click here for the 25 drivers racing this weekend at Indianapolis