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Adam Cianciarulo moves up to 450s in 2020 joining Eli Tomac

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In a move that could see both 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross champions riding for the same team in 2020, Adam Cianciarulo will move up to the 450 class next year with the Monster Energy Kawasaki race team, joining Eli Tomac.

With three rounds remaining Cianciarulo currently holds a 28-point lead over Dylan Ferrandis in the 250 class. Tomac has a 50-point advantage over Marvin Musquin in 450s.

“We have a very strong 2020 team roster,” Kawasaki Racing Senior Manager, Dan Fahie said in a press release. “We still have work to do this summer in hopes that both Eli and Adam can bring home championships in their respective classes. We are excited to be continuing our championship journey with Eli and welcoming Adam and his storied Kawasaki racing career onto our 450 team.

“We learned a lot about our KX450 and are in a good place heading into 2020 with the development of the motorcycle.”

Cianciarulo has built his advantage with a perfect record of overall podium finishes in the first nine rounds of 2019 that includes victories in the first four rounds at Hangtown, Pala, Thunder Valley and High Point. With his considerable lead in place, he tacked on wins at Southwick and Spring Creek.

Cianciarulo is the only rider to stand on the podium in every moto of the season.

“I am super excited and grateful for this opportunity,” said Cianciarulo. “I was just a little kid when I signed with Kawasaki in 2004, and it’s been a dream of mine since then to reach this point. From growing up in the Team Green program, to my 250 career with Mitch Payton and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki, I feel I’m prepared to take on this next challenge of competing at the highest level.”

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In the 450 class, Tomac also had a perfect record of podium finishes with overall victories at Pala, High Point, RedBud and last week at Washougal.

“I’m thrilled to continue the relationship with Kawasaki,” said Tomac. “I feel we have an outstanding team in place, an excellent KX450 motorcycle and a common goal of winning races and championships. Right now our focus is on winning this Pro Motocross Championship and then we will begin preparing for the 2020 Supercross season.

“Let the good times roll!”

Joey Savatgy will close out his rookie season with Kawasaki with full support in the final three races of 2019.

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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.

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.