Indy Lights

Indy Lights: Sowery collects maiden victory in Portland race 2

Leave a comment

.PORTLAND, Oregon – Toby Sowery claimed his maiden Indy Lights victory Sunday morning in race 2 of a doubleheader weekend at Portland International Raceway.

Starting the 35-lap event from the third position, Sowery made his way up to second when series point leader Oliver Askew overshot into Turn 1 and then made contact with David Malukas upon reentry to the racing surface.

The resulting contact brought out a caution, and on the race restart on Lap 4, Sowery passed leader Rinus VeeKay for the lead in the same corner.

Sowery held on to the lead for the remainder of the race despite a challenge from VeeKay in the remaining laps.

“You can see that VeeKay was really quick,” Sowery told NBC Sports following his victory. “But we had a different tire strategy, and the Cooper Tires done a fantastic job of keeping me in the race all the way to the end.

“Massive congratulations to the team. They deserved it.”

VeeKay finished second, while Oliver Askew made his way back up to third to complete the podium.

Askew now enters the final race weekend of the season with a 41-point lead in the standings, and only needs to start both races to be crowned the 2019 champion.

“I knew it wasn’t going to be over,” Askew said of his Lap 1 accident. “I wasn’t only fighting for a podium, I was fighting for the championship, and I think we clinched it there so it’s starting to soak in.

“This is what we’ve been working for all year, and I’m really proud of the whole team, myself and everyone around me that has put me in this position.  The emotions are starting to sink in now for sure.”

The Indy Lights championship now heads to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca for the final two races of the season on September 21 and 22. Both races will air live on NBC Sports Gold.

Click here for full race results

Follow Michael Eubanks on Twitter 

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

IndyCar NASCAR doubleheader 2021
Jamie Squire/Getty Images
Leave a comment

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.