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Reports: IndyCar mulls Road America doubleheader; Richmond dropped

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According to RACER.com, IndyCar and Road America are exploring a move of the track’s June 21 race weekend to the July 12 weekend that became available with the postponement of Toronto.

RACER reported Wednesday that the event would become a Saturday-Sunday doubleheader for Road America and that NTT Series team owners were informed of the impending change Wednesday by team owner Roger Penske.

RACER also reported later Wednesday that the June 27 race at Richmond Raceway would be dropped from the schedule.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Road America confirmed negotiations with IndyCar but was awaiting final details on the schedule.

Road America would join Iowa Speedway and Weather Tech Raceway at Laguna Seca as the third doubleheader weekend. It will become the fourth track with multiple events in 2020 (Indianapolis Motor Speedway will hold three races).

It’s unclear whether the Road America event would be held without fans. A Wisconsin supreme court ruling recently overturned the governor’s extension of “safer at home” guidelines through the end of May.

Road America will play host to a MotoAmerica Superbike event at the end of this month that is planned to be held without fans.

IndyCar is scheduled to open its season with a June 6 race at Texas Motor Speedway without fans and end Oct. 25 with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Florida, which was rescheduled from the first race of 2020 to the last because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Simon Pagenaud’s engineer relives 2019 Indy 500 victory on Twitter

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The Team Penske engineer for last year’s Indianapolis 500 winner is reliving Simon Pagenaud’s day by tweeting about what he was doing each moment a year later.

Starting with an observation that he awoke in his Indianapolis hotel room at 4:30 a.m., Ben Bretzman (@benbretzman) sent nearly two dozen tweets by 11 a.m. ET about how the morning before the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 unfolded.

Bretzman was through the infield tunnel and in Gasoline Alley by 6 a.m. By 7:30 a.m., he was wondering if his driver was awake yet, but he had heard for the first time from Pagenaud 45 minutes later.

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Among other highlights: The team’s last strategy meeting was at 8:30 a.m.; final check of the weather was at 9:30 a.m. and Bretzman gave the No. 22 Dallara-Chevrolet a once-over at 10:35 a.m. before it was pushed to the grid.

Follow @BenBretzman to watch the day unfold from the pit box and tune into “Back Home Again at 2 p.m. ET on NBC as Pageanud and Alexander Rossi, who are good friends off the track, recap their epic duel with host Mike Tirico.

Simon Pagenaud and engineer Ben Bretzman debrief at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IndyCar photo by Joe Skibinski).