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King gets second Manor F1 practice outing in Abu Dhabi

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Manor Racing has confirmed that Jordan King will take part in a Formula 1 practice session for the second time when he gets behind the wheel of the MRT05 car for FP1 in Abu Dhabi next weekend.

King, 22, joined Manor in a development role in 2015 before getting his first run-out on a grand prix weekend in Austin, Texas last month.

The GP2 driver has now been slated to take part in opening practice at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi next Friday, stepping in for Esteban Ocon.

“We’re also pleased to welcome Jordan back to the cockpit for his second planned FP1 session,” Manor racing director Dave Ryan confirmed.

“He’ll be taking over Esteban’s car on Friday morning and we have a busy programme of testing items lined up for him again.”

Manor heads into the final race of the season aiming to claw back 10th place in the constructors’ championship from Sauber, having dropped to the foot of the table last time out in Brazil.

“Clearly we were all very disappointed with the outcome on Sunday evening in Brazil,” Ryan said.

“But, you know what? When you look at it in the cold light of day, I’m really proud of the guys.

“I thought the team did a fantastic job in the race; we were genuinely running with both cars in the top 10 early on, we had everything covered on the pit wall during all the chaos and the guys did a textbook job of dealing with the red flags.

“It’s just that, come the final restart, we weren’t quite quick enough and probably needed another two or three laps to pull it off. That’s racing and we’ll have a good go at reversing things in Abu Dhabi.”

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

IndyCar NASCAR doubleheader 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.