The motorsport world has rallied to support British Formula 4 racer Billy Monger following his life-changing accident at Donington Park on Sunday, raising over £535,000 ($686,000) in less than 24 hours.
Monger, 17, sustained life-threatening injuries in the British F4 race after hitting a stationary car at speed, resulting in the amputation of both his lower legs. Monger was placed in a medically-induced coma following surgery.
JHR Developments – Monger’s F4 team – set up a charity fund online on Wednesday afternoon, setting an initial target of £260,000 to be raised to help the Briton in his rehabilitation.
Following an outpouring of support from the motorsport community that has seen the majority of the Formula 1 grid and figures from countless other series promote the fund, this figure has been surpassed twice over in less than 24 hours.
2009 F1 world champion Jenson Button and Red Bull driver Max Verstappen both donated £15,000 each, while Mario Andretti, Marco Andretti and Chip Ganassi are also among the donors.
As per Autosport, Monger has now been woken from his medically-induced coma and is aware of his injuries.
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.