10 Amatuers to win Supercross license this October

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This October, the Supercross Futures AMA National Championship will create an automatic path to the professional ranks for 10 riders.

The 250 Futures and the Supermini classes showcase the most talented rising stars of Motocross and Supercross competition and they will be part of the All-Star weekend at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas October 19-21. In total, 26 classes will be contested. The 250 Futures and Supermini Futures will take center stage Saturday night, October 19 as part of the Monster Energy Cup. Additional classes will be run on Monday.

“Supercross Futures is the only AMA National Championship that takes center stage in some of the world’s most iconic sporting venues,” said Bill Heras, Director of Operations, Supercross Futures in a press release. “It’s amazing to think that ten amateur racers that start the 250 Futures race will leave here as professional Supercross athletes. They have put in the work and will reap the rewards. This is going to be an incredible weekend of intense, competitive racing.”

The AMA 250 Futures has been used as a proving ground for established Supercross and Motocross teams. Team Green Kawasaki currently leads the professional 250 and 450 outdoor divisions with Adam Cianciarulo and Eli Tomac. One of their up and coming riders is Ryder DiFrancesco, who hopes to use this as a springboard into the big leagues.

“You put so much work into it,” said DiFrancesco. “Right now, my biggest goal and biggest dream is to race Supercross.”

Both primary classes this October will ride on the custom-designed hybrid track with both an inside and outside starting area.

“This is what I want to do, and this is what I want to be,” said KTM’s Pierce Brown. “I’ve spent my whole life trying to get here [to the Championship level] and at this point there’s no turning back.”

DiFrancesco and Brown will be among the riders vying to automatically receive their Supercross license, which will go to the top-10 finishers in the 250 class.

One of the most anticipated races of the championship will feature the women’s class where rising star Jordan Jarvis will go head to head with a deep field of competitors that have routinely showed speed, finesse and top-shelf fitness throughout this season. As the only developmental platform for Supercross racing, Supercross Futures looks to advance women’s pro racing long into the future.

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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.

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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.