GMR Grand Prix Makes Historic Move to Fourth of July Weekend
INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, March 26, 2020 – The Indianapolis 500 Presented by Gainbridge has been rescheduled for Sunday, Aug. 23 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, officials from INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) announced today. The 104th edition of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” will air live on NBC, with the official green flag time to be announced at a later date.
The GMR Grand Prix will transition to Saturday, July 4 on the IMS road course as part of a historic double-header featuring the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and NASCAR. This first-of-its-kind racing event also will be televised by NBC on Independence Day.
RYAN BLANEY GETTING iRACE READY FOR TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
Ryan Blaney found himself like many race fans last weekend as he watched the NASCAR debut of iRacing from the grandstands. And while he enjoyed the view, he’s used to being part of the action.
So when Fox Sports hits the airwaves on Sunday from the virtual Texas Motor Speedway, Blaney will be behind the wheel of his familiar No. 12 Ford Mustang.
“I’ve never been a big iRacing person for multiple reasons, but it just looked like it was a lot of fun,” said Blaney. “The thing that pushed me into making it want to happen was seeing how the fans enjoyed it. Social media was blowing up and people really enjoyed just watching some form of racing again, which is nice. I saw their support and their push for me to try to get in, so I was happy we were able to make it happen.”
INDIANAPOLIS (March 25, 2020) — Sage Karam will be settling into the seat of his No. 24 DRR Wix Filters Chevrolet for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing on Saturday, but it will be in the comfort of his own home.
Karam will be among the large contingent of NTT INDYCAR SERIES drivers taking part in the inaugural INDYCAR iRacing Challenge, which will be a virtual race among the series’ best. Saturday’s event will begin at 4 p.m. ET and be streamed through INDYCAR.com for fans to enjoy the action. It also will be available on INDYCAR’s YouTube and Facebook as well as iRacing’s Twitch.
For 2020 the Granite State Pro Stock Series has partnered with some of the top suppliers to short track racing teams to provide one of the industry’s best contingency programs. Several new companies as well as many returning ones will support the teams as they compete in 2020.
“We take great pride in working with quality companies to get the racers a little extra for their efforts”, Stated series President Mike Parks. “This year’s contingency program is arguably the best we have ever had and that is exciting for everyone”.
Three new companies have signed on, although none of them are unfamiliar to the series and its teams.
Speed51 is a longtime partner and will present $51 to the leader of lap 51 at all events in 2020. They will also continue to stream most of the 2020 scheduled events live. “Speed51 has enjoyed a great relationship with the Granite State Pro Stock Series”, says Northeast editor Brandon Ward. “We are happy to have a partnership that benefits the series, tracks, racers and fans”.