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LEGO brings iconic 1966 Ford GT40 and 2016 Ford GT to life as part of new series

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No matter how old you get, you’re never too old for LEGO’s – particularly if you’re a racing fan.

To that end, LEGO has introduced a new Speed Champions line that will bring back some great old memories, as well as new ones.

Most notable in the LEGO Speed Champions series is Ford race cars that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans 50 years apart: the iconic Ford GT40 in 1966 and the Ford GT in 2016.

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The series includes cars, mini figures, checkered flags, course workers, championship trophies and racetracks to, as a media release says, “help to bring famous victories to life again and again.”

“Many people in my team grew up with the legend of Ford’s history-making 1966 victory – and experienced the excitement of building and design for the first time through LEGO bricks,” said Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance. “This kit is a powerful way to tell our Le Mans story, and will hopefully inspire the race drivers, engineers, and designers of the future.”

Ford and LEGO engineers and officials worked together on developing the project.

“This was a dream project – with a lot of pressure,” said Craig Callum, head of design, LEGO Speed Champions. “The Ford GT40 is one of the most iconic race cars of all time, and the new Ford GT is just incredible.

“Designed for children, but with grown-ups fans in mind too, we know these models will be closely scrutinized for authenticity.”

Check out the following video of Callum assembling the new kit in record time:

To order, go to LEGO.com/shop. However, one bit of bad news: they won’t be available for Christmas. Release date is March 1, 2017. Still, it’ll be worth the wait.

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IndyCar race weekend doubleheader schedule at IMS road course

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The NTT IndyCar Series will return to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the third time this season but with a weekend schedule that will put the action in front of fans for the first time in 2020.

The track’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course will play host to IndyCar and sports cars series over four days. The action will begin Thursday with practice and concluding with an eight-hour race Sunday featuring the Intercontinental GT Challenge and GT World Challenge America.

The NTT IndyCar Series will hold a Friday-Saturday race doubleheader called the Harvest GP presented by GMR.

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The name is a nod to the Harvest Classic, which was held Sept. 9, 1916 to help the track stay solvent during World War I. The event had three races of 20, 50 and 100 miles (all won by Johnny Aitken) that was the only racing held outside May at IMS from 1911-93.

A limited crowd of 10,000 will be allowed each day this weekend, and those fans will be the first to experience new video boards, concession stands, restrooms and 5G wireless connectivity.

Here’s the IndyCar weekend schedule for Indianapolis Motor Speedway Harvest GP:

(All times are Eastern)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Thursday, Oct. 1

Noon — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America test session
2:25 p.m. — IndyCar practice (NBC Sports Gold)
6:20 p.m. — IndyCar qualifying for Harvest GP, Race 1 (NBC Sports Gold)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Friday, Oct. 2

10:20 a.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America practice
1:40 p.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America practice
3:30 p.m. — IndyCar Harvest GP, Race 1 (USA Network, NBC Sports Gold)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Saturday, Oct. 3

10:20 a.m. — IndyCar qualifying for Harvest GP, Race 2 (NBC Sports Gold)
12:10 p.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America qualifying
2:30 p.m. — IndyCar Harvest GP, Race 2 (NBC, NBC Sports Gold)
5:30 p.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America pole shootout

IndyCar weekend schedule: Sunday, Oct. 4

10 a.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America race