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Sebastian Montoya to race in F4 for Prema Powerteam

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The son of one of racing’s most versatile drivers is set to make his single-seater debut this season.

Sebastian Montoya, the 14-year-old son of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner and current IMSA driver Juan Pablo Montoya, will race for Prema Powerteam in Formula 4 this season.

Having raced karts in the U.S. since the age of 8, Montoya will contest the full 2020 Italian F4 championship for the team, as well as selected races in the German ADAC-promoted F4 series.

“I am very excited to start racing cars and to have the opportunity to race F4 in 2020 with such a great team,” Montoya said. “Prema is a top team and has all the equipment and people to help me learn and grow as a driver. The competition will be tough, but it is better because it will make me challenge myself on and off track.”

Sebastian will join fellow rookies Gabriel Bortoleto, Gabriele Mini and Dino Beganovic on Prema’s F4 team.

“We are delighted to welcome Sebastian to the team,” team principal Angelo Rosin said in a release. “He is a great addition to our lineup and is already experiencing a positive transition to single-seaters.

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“For him, this will be a learning year, but by what we have seen so far, he can quickly become a leading contender. We cannot wait to get the season started. It will be exciting to work with so many talented young drivers.”

During Rolex 24 testing at Daytona International Speedway last month, Juan Pablo Montoya told NBC Sports about the time and travel that he and his family have invested in supporting his son’s career.

On hoping to race with his son in the future, the 44-year-old Montoya said, “I think that would be awesome. Honestly, I think that would be really, really cool to get to race with Sebastian (at Daytona). That would be a very cool experience.

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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.