IndyCar doubleheader race weekend Aug. 8-9 at Mid-Ohio postponed

IndyCar Mid-Ohio postponed
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Less than a week after the NTT IndyCar Series added a second race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the track abruptly announced Saturday that its race weekend has been postponed.

In a release, the track said the races would be moved to “a date to be determined in September or October.” The Mid-Ohio statement attributed the reason for the postponement to “communication with local health officials given the current environment” in an apparent reference to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Last Monday, IndyCar announced a Saturday, Aug. 8 race as part of The Honda Indy 200 in the wake of the cancellations of races at Portland and Laguna Seca.

The next race on the IndyCar schedule now will be the Indianapolis 500, which will take place Sunday, Aug. 23 (1 p.m. ET, NBC). Indianapolis Motor Speedway is scheduled to open for practice Aug. 11.

IndyCar currently has no races scheduled in September with a four-week gap between the race weekend doubleheader Aug. 29-30 at World Wide Technology Raceway and the Oct. 2-3 races on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

Here’s the release Saturday from Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on IndyCar being postponed:

LEXINGTON, Ohio (August 1, 2020) – IndyCar and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course have agreed to postpone The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio scheduled for Aug. 7-9 until a date to be determined in September or October. This decision was made through communication with local health officials given the current environment.

Our team continues to work with all of our partners and our local government to identify a date later this year when we can host The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. More information will be forthcoming as it becomes available. Visit midohio.com for ongoing updates.

We appreciate the patience and understanding of our fans as we navigate this postponement.

Travis Pastrana leads flag-to-flag in Nitro Rallycross as the series returns to America

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Travis Pastrana waited until the final trip around ERX Motor Park to take his Joker Lap – a longer way around the course that all drivers must do at least once in a race – and came out cleanly to win his first Nitro Rallycross race of 2022. With this win, Pastrana is the third driver to visit Victory Lane in the first three rounds of the 2022-23 season.

“This is the closest to a motocross track,” Pastrana told Katie Osborne on Peacock. “Thank you so much for a beautiful facility. It’s been a rough start to the season and I’m so thankful to be back out here. We had a good run in the side-by-side and now for this. This is much needed.”

Another thing needed was the sense of improvement. And Pastrana earned that affirmation each time he completed a lap around the course.

“I get my lap times read out and they said ‘fastest time of the week,’ ‘fastest time of the week’ (each time around) ” Pastrana said. “This is really special. We’re a long way behind in the championship, but welcome to America.”

In a pre-race press conference, Pastrana said that as Nitro Rallycross heads back to America, it was time for an American to win and he made good on his promise. Pastrana took the early lead over Robin Larsson and let the back of his Subaru hang out, taking risks he might not otherwise take if not for his need to win.

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Larsson’s second-place finish completed a perfect sweep of the podium in three rounds. In fact, he has not yet finished worse than second after winning the opening round at Lydden Hill in the United Kingdom and finishing second at Strangnas in Sweeden.

Fraser McConnel rounded out the podium for his best result of the season. He finished fourth in each of the first two rounds.

Last year, Pastrana finished second in this race to Scott Speed before narrowly edging his teammate for the championship.

Andreas Bakkerud crashed in prelims, but rebounded to finish just off the block in fourth. Bakkerud won the second round ahead of his teammate Larsson.

Oliver Bennett completed the top five.

Minneapolis is the first of three rounds scheduled in the United States. Next on the schedule is Glen Helen, Calif. on Octo 30 and then Phoenix at Wild Horse Pass on November 12th. Nitro Rallycross will then head to Saudi Arabia in December to continue their 2022-23 season.