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Kyle Busch will make his IndyCar iRacing Challenge debut at Motegi

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After trying to secure an Indianapolis 500 ride a few years ago, Kyle Busch will be making his IndyCar debut Saturday — virtually.

The two-time NASCAR Cup champion announced Wednesday afternoon via Twitter that he will be driving in Round 4 of the IndyCar iRacing Challenge.

The event will be held Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN from the virtual Twin Ring Motegi.

Busch is the latest big NASCAR name to join the IndyCar virtual series on the heels of Dale Earnhardt Jr. finishing third in his debut last Saturday at Michigan International Speedway.

Jimmie Johnson, who also has flirted with racing IndyCar in the future, drove in the first two rounds of the circuit at Watkins Glen International and Barber Motorsports Park.

Busch’s older brother, Kurt, was the most recent driver to complete the Indy 500-Coca-Cola 600 doubleheader six years ago, finishing sixth in the Indy 500 as the 2014 rookie of the year.

Kyle Busch was close to having a ride for the Indy 500 a few years ago, but the deal was scuttled by manufacturer and sponsor conflicts (Busch drives a Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, and Chevrolet and Honda are IndyCar’s engine suppliers).

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.