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Hamilton set to attend another FIA Press Conference in Austin

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Arguably it was the story of the 2016 Japanese Grand Prix weekend.

Lewis Hamilton was less than thrilled with having to attend Thursday’s FIA Press Conference in Suzuka, he used Snapchat, put funny animal filters on himself and Carlos Sainz Jr., he basically called out how stale the format can be, he then left another media availability later in the weekend, and he tried to keep his thoughts posted primarily to his social media channels – where he can control the message and the content. And then plenty of think pieces were written about it.

At a site where he’s won three times in four years, and in a country where he’s won four times overall, Hamilton will be part of this Thursday’s FIA Press Conference in Austin once more – as he was last year.

Except suddenly the stakes are higher. There’s the question of how Hamilton will react here. There’s the pressure of the championship picture – Hamilton now down 33 points to Mercedes AMG Petronas teammate Nico Rosberg. And there’s the next round of stories that will come from this.

Might Hamilton go full Marshawn Lynch for the press conference, as NBCSN pit reporter and insider Will Buxton postulated?

In Hamilton’s official pre-United States Grand Prix quotes, he did hail the country he’s more or less adopted as a second home.

“First up, we’re back in the States – which is like a second home race for me these days. I love the country, the culture, the people and the track, so I can’t wait to get started,” he said.

“I’ve got some great memories from Austin, with three wins from four races and, of course, the title win last year. That was one of the highlights of my career, no doubt. It’s almost like the American fans have adopted me as their own, so I’ll try to channel all of that positive energy into this weekend.”

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 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.