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Felix Serralles set for maiden IndyCar test with Andretti

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Felix Serralles will be the latest Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires driver to step up for a Verizon IndyCar Series test, and he’ll do so with Andretti Autosport in Sebring next month.

The driver’s management group announced it today, with Serralles set to test November 10-11 and become the first Puerto Rican driver to sample an IndyCar.

After two years in Indy Lights with Belardi Auto Racing and Carlin, respectively, Serralles could be poised to step up to IndyCar provided he finds the necessary budget to do so.

“I’m beyond excited to finally get a chance to drive an IndyCar and it’s great to be having that chance with Andretti Autosport. This is something I have been dreaming about since I can remember. I’m so grateful to DCM (Driver Club Management) for making this happen,” Serralles said in a release.

“I grew up watching all these drivers and it’s almost like a dream to be able to test and learn from someone like Ryan Hunter-Reay, who I have watched for many years. I’m excited to learn how to drive the most physical car in open-wheel racing. It will help me develop into a better driver, test my fitness and compare myself to the big dogs in the Verizon IndyCar Series.

“The opportunity to test with Andretti is great – especially as they have so much history in IndyCar and across motorsport in general. To be part of such an organization for two days is more than many can ask for.”

While Serralles won multiple races in Indy Lights – he turned in dynamic drives to win at Milwaukee in 2015, then St. Petersburg and Iowa in 2016, he came under the microscope for how he pulled over on the final lap of the Indy Lights season finale at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, which was enough to secure the title for Carlin teammate Ed Jones.

Andretti Autosport’s fourth seat remains a topic of much discussion, with a mix of veterans and potential young guns in the frame for a spot alongside the team’s three confirmed drivers of Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Alexander Rossi.

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.

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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.