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Formula E: Jean-Eric Vergne wins home race in native Paris

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Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne dominated the Paris ePrix, a home race for the Frenchman, to take his third victory of the 2017-18 ABB FIA Formula E season and extend his points lead.

Vergne had captured the pole for Saturday’s ePrix, and controlled the race throughout after taking the lead off the initial start.

Behind Vergne, chaos reigned on the final lap between teammate Andre Lotterer, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler’s Lucas di Grassi, and DS Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird.

The three had battled throughout the race for second, with Lotterer taking the spot from Bird, and di Grassi following suit in the second half of the race, relegating Bird back to fourth.

However, all of that changed on the final lap when Lotterer’s Spark-Renault ran out of energy. Di Grassi was able to cleanly get by for second, but Lotterer subsequently tried to block Bird from getting by as they approached the final corner. Bird tried to avoid him, but the two made heavy contact, which saw Lotterer lose the rear wing of his car while Bird had his right-front wheel ripped off.

Remarkably, Bird was still able to cross the line in third place to round out the podium behind Vergne and di Grassi. Lotterer was relegated to sixth behind Venturi Formula E Team’s Maro Engel and Renault E.Dams’ Sebastien Buemi.

Full race results can be found here. The win sees Vergne extend his championship lead over Bird to 31 points – 147 to 116. Mahindra Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist, who finished eighth in Paris, sits third on 86 points.

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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.

INDYCAR AT IMS THIS WEEKEND: Harvest GP schedule, entry lists

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.