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Renault signs rising karters Garcia, Lundgaard to driver academy

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Renault has announced that karting talents Marta Garcia and Christian Lundgaard have joined its young driver academy ahead of the 2017 season.

Renault re-established its junior program after returning to F1 with a works operation in 2016, having previously aided the careers of Robert Kubica, Heikki Kovalainen and Romain Grosjean.

Garcia, 16, raced in karts last year, but will step up to Spanish Formula 4 with Renault backing in 2017, and is the sole female member of its current driver program.

“It’s a great opportunity and honor to join the Renault Sport Academy. I’m looking forward to working with the team throughout the season,” Garcia said.

“Being in such a professional environment will undoubtedly be key to my development and progress going forward and I know the coaching and assistance will help me prepare for my season ahead in Spanish Formula 4.”

Lundgaard, 15, is a former winner of the CIK-FIA KFJ European karting title, and will race in the SMP F4 NEZ Championship in 2017.

“First, I’d like to thank Renault and the Renault Sport Academy for this opportunity. It feels great already to be part of the program,” Lundgaard said.

“This year is key for me as it will be my first season in single-seaters after karting. The Renault Sport Academy will help me prepare physically and mentally for this new challenge ahead and it feels fantastic to have such support from the team involved.”

Garcia and Lundgaard join Jack Aitken, Max Fewtrell, Jarno Opmeer and Sun Yue Yang on Renault’s junior program, and were welcomed aboard by Renault Sport managing director Cyril Abiteboul.

“We are happy to welcome Marta and Christian to the Renault Sport Academy for 2017. In combination with Jack, Max, Jarno and Sun we have a very exciting line-up of young drivers, highlighting that our focus is very much on the future,” Abiteboul said.

“Marta and Christian are amongst the most exciting talents emerging from the karting scene. Like their fellow Academy members, their selection and their retention is based on their outstanding results and potential.

“Renault Sport Racing is committed to growing its own talent and we will monitor the progress of Marta and Christian with great anticipation.”

IndyCar entry lists for Harvest GP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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There are 25 drivers on the NTT IndyCar Series entry lists at Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course with a few new yet familiar faces for the Oct. 2-3 race weekend.

Four-time champion Sebastien Bourdais will make his season debut in the No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet (shifting Dalton Kellett to the No. 41) with AJ Foyt Racing, which he is joining full time next season. James Hinchcliffe, who had run three races with Andretti Autosport, will return in place of Zach Veach in the No. 26 Dallara-Honda. Helio Castroneves will drive Arrow McLaren SP’s No. 7 Dallara-Chevy for Oliver Askew, who is out with concussion-like symptoms.

Sage Karam, who has two IndyCar starts this year at IMS (the road course on July 4 and the Indy 500 on Aug. 23), also will return to the series in Dreyer & Reinbold’s No. 24 Dallara-Chevrolet.

HARVEST GP ENTRY LISTS: Friday l Saturday

Friday and Saturday of the Harvest GP presented by GMR will mark the second and third races this season on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. While the July 4 race on the circuit was 80 laps, Friday’s distance is 85 laps, and Saturday will be a 75-lap event.

Championship leader Scott Dixon led 26 of 80 laps to win the July 4 race at the IMS road course. With three races remaining in the series, the five-time series champion enters with a 72-point lead on Josef Newgarden.

Click here to see who’s on the IndyCar entry lists in Race 1 and in Race 2 for the Harvest GP presented by GMR at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.


START TIMES AND TV INFO FOR INDYCAR AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY ROAD COURSE (all times ET):

Thursday

IndyCar NTT Series practice: 2:25-3:40 p.m., NBC Sports Gold

IndyCar qualifying, Race 1: 6:20 p.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

Friday

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 1: 3:30 p.m. (green flag, 5 p.m.), USA Network, NBC Sports Gold

Saturday

—IndyCar qualifying: 10:20 a.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 2: 2:30 p.m (green flag, 2:31 p.m.)., NBC, NBC Sports Gold