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Newman/Haas drivers, family pay tribute to late Carl Haas

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At a memorial and celebration of life in Lake Forest, Ill., not far from Carl Haas Automotive’s base in Lincolnshire, Ill., past Newman/Haas Racing drivers, staff and family paid tribute to the late Carl Haas, who died in June this year.

An automotive titan and pioneer, Haas’ success came in several areas – both as a businessman and a team owner – before falling into poor health in his final years. The team last raced in 2011 in the Verizon IndyCar Series, when Oriol Servia finished an impressive fourth place in points and James Hinchcliffe was rookie of the year.

Mario Andretti, who won Newman/Haas Racing’s first CART championship in 1984 and was instantly linked with the team upon his return to U.S. racing, posted the below photo on Twitter yesterday:

From left to right, the drivers include Brian Redman, Christian Fittipaldi, David Hobbs, Oriol Servia, Cristiano da Matta, Andretti, Bruno Junqueira, Michael Andretti and Sebastien Bourdais.

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.