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Renault hands Latifi first F1 outing in Pirelli tire test

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Renault has confirmed that Nicholas Latifi will get his first Formula 1 test outing on Wednesday when he takes part in Pirelli’s tire development running in Barcelona, Spain.

Latifi, 21, linked up with Renault last year in a development role, as well as acting as an ambassador for team partner Infiniti in his native Canada.

Latifi has been racing in GP2 (now Formula 2) full-time since 2016, taking two podium finishes in the category, and will now get his first F1 test chance on Wednesday at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

As part of its development program for 2018, Pirelli will be completing test running with all 10 F1 teams across the course of the year, with Renault staying on after the Spanish Grand Prix for a two-day test.

Jolyon Palmer completed running for the team on Tuesday, with Latifi set for his first run in the R.S.17 F1 car on Wednesday.

“I am extremely honored to get this opportunity and I can’t wait to get behind the wheel of the R.S.17 at the same venue I’ve just been racing in the FIA Formula 2 Championship,” Latifi said.

“As test driver for the team, I’ve completed a number of different aspects of my program so far, but this is really something special.

“I’m looking forward to working with the team and Pirelli to deliver everything they require from the day.”

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 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.