Russian company BR Engineering and Italian chassis designer Dallara have announced a new partnership that will see them enter the LMP1 class of the FIA World Endurance Championship from 2018.
As confirmed ahead of the final race of the 2016 season in Bahrain, BR Engineering will ramp up its involvement in WEC after two years in LMP2 designing the car for SMP Racing.
The move comes as a boost to the LMP1 class following Audi’s decision to quit at the end of 2016 and Rebellion’s move down to LMP2.
The deal was agreed between Boris Rotenberg, president of BR Engineering, and Andrea Pontremoli, CEO of Dallara, with French racing marque ART Grand Prix agreeing to head up the development and operational support for the new operation.
“We raised a challenge to ourselves. It was possible to buy a chassis of one of the four manufacturers of LMP2 for a season, it was also possible to leave for good, but we have always chosen our own path,” Rotenberg said.
“Dallara’s name is known to anyone who is familiar with motor racing. Now we have become partners, and BR Engineering’s new project has started here in Italy where the best designers and engineers, both from Russia and from Europe, will create a Russian prototype for Russian team SMP Racing.”
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.