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Kimi Raikkonen leads final day of F1 testing

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Pre-season testing for the 2018 FIA Formula 1 World Championship season wrapped up on Friday, and Scuderia Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen continued to show that the team has solid pace in their SF71H, with Kimi Raikkonen turning in the fastest lap of the day at 1:17.221.

McLaren F1 Team’s Fernando Alonso rebounded from a troublesome morning – his MCL33 suffered a turbo problem after one hour of running – to turn in the second fastest lap of the day.

Renault Sport F1 Team’s Carlos Sainz Jr. continued to show impressive form as testing wrapped up, turning the third fastest lap on Friday. Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo and Haas F1 Team’s Romain Grosjean rounded out the top five.

Mercedes AMG Petronas again appeared to languish outside of the top five – Valtteri Bottas was sixth fastest while Lewis Hamilton came in at 11th fastest – but long runs were again the focus for the team, particularly for Hamilton, who focused his attention on long-run pace for all 97 laps he completed.

Results from Friday can be found here. With pre-season testing now concluded, the next time all 20 entries for the 2018 Formula 1 season will grace the track together will be for opening practice at the Australian Grand Prix (March 23-25).

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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.