Will Power fastest in first practice for IndyCar GP

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Two-time defending IndyCar Grand Prix winner Will Power was the fastest in the first practice session for Saturday’s race on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course with a best lap of 1 minute, 9.2890 seconds.

The Team Penske driver knocked Spencer Pigot off the top spot on his final lap, leading Pigot by 0.1366 seconds.

Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Scott Dixon ( 1 minute, 9.4536 seconds) and Felix Rosenqvist (1 minute, 9.5272 seconds) finished the session third and fourth fastest, respectfully, with Penske’s Josef Newgarden (1 minute, 9.5282 seconds) rounding out the top five.

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The red flag was displayed twice in the session, both for cars off track in turn 10. The first red was with 35 minutes remaining when Patricio O’Ward went off track and stalled his No. 31 Carlin Racing entry. O’Ward was assessed a 5-minute penalty by Race Control.

Helio Castroneves also went off and stalled on track, prematurely ending the session. IndyCar officials gave teams one additional lap of practice after Castroneves’ car was removed.

The next practice session for the IndyCar Grand Prix is scheduled at 12:30 p.m. ET, with live coverage available on NBC Sports GOLD.

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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.