However, the 1.5-mile elliptical track located in Fort Worth, Texas, is a very smart track that fits one driver better than the other, and it is very important at Texas Motor Speedway to find the correct race distance setting, this weekend, promises This is much more important than in recent years, as this year, for the first time since 2011, no less than two races will be held in one weekend in the Oval that opened its doors in 1996.
This weekend, Penske driver Scott McLaughlin will lead the first oval races of his career in the Genesys 300 and XPEL 375, but Texas Motor Speedway is not exactly alien to McLaughlin, the New Zealanders were allowed to test here last year and last March on behalf of Roger Penske and he can do By more than enough laps on both tests, so the three-time Virgin Australia Supercars champion has already gained some experience on the track nicknamed The Great American Speedway. Needless to say, McLaughlin is hoping to land a first-best race in the Texas Motor Speedway from Rinus Vichai and Lex Palo in 2020, with the Dutch and Spaniard knocking out together on lap 37 last year after losing Ed Carpenter Racing driver. Take control of his car after driving too much on dirt in the second turn. So, both VeeKay and Palou will go out of their way to hit back at Fort Worth this year.
If we have to compare the Texas Motor Speedway with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the only other SuperSpeedway on the calendar this year, the 25-year-old Texas Motor Speedway is still a relatively new track. The track is known to be one of the fastest 1.5-mile ovals in the United States, partly due to its high banks, which reach 24 in the last two corners. With such an amount of bank scores, the Texas Motor Speedway is actually a typical NASCAR oval, Indy Racing League (now IndyCar) has been a regular guest on the track since 1997.
From 1998 to 2004, the series was run on the track structurally twice a year, after which the class decided to leave it on one visit per season from 2005, however, an exception was made in 2011, when there were two races in one. Night at Texas Motor Speedway. However, in both the first and second races of that year, only half of the usual race distance had been completed, so there were only half the points that could be won in both races. Due to the fact that Texas Motor Speedway has ridden twice a year in the past, there have been more NTT IndyCar Series events than the old track so far.
In 2021, Texas Motor Speedway will complete more than one IndyCar race on the 1.5-mile Oval for the first time in ten years. Unlike 2011, this weekend’s races will cover a full race distance, the first race will have 212 laps, and the second race will cover 248 laps. With the exception of the Indianapolis 500, this weekend’s qualifiers will look exactly the same as we’re used to the ovals, however, the only difference from the usual qualification format is that in the upcoming weekend session, the first lap will be the starting point for the first. . The race and the second round will determine the starting point for the second race. Usually, when there is one race scheduled, the two lap times are added together and the starting lineup is decided accordingly.
Racing history at Texas Motor Speedway
First IndyCar Race: 1997
Number of races completed: 32
Number of different winners: 21
Previous race winner at this track: Scott Dickson (Genesys 300, Jun 7, 2020)
Lap Record: Charlie Kimball in 2017, 23.2730
Most Successful Drivers: Hlio Castroneves (2004, 2006, 2009, 2013) and Scott Dixon (2008, 2015, 2018, and 2020) won four times in the Texas Motor Speedway
De 2021 Genesis 300 – Race 1
Race length: 212 laps / 491.30 km
Green Flag: Sunday May 2, 1:45 am (European time)
Expected race time: +/- 1 hour 45 minutes
From 2021 XPEL 375 – Race 2
Race length: 248 laps / 574.78 km
Green Flag: Sunday May 2, 11:15 pm (European time)
Expected race time: +/- 2 hours
Important information for both races
Tires: 14 sets of standard Firestone tires for every vehicle over the entire weekend
Number of participants: 24
List of Genesys 300 & XPEL 375 participants
Exactly the same cars were registered for this coming weekend as they did during the previous two weekends, but compared to the first two races of this year, there are a number of driver changes to admire in races at the Texas Motor Speedway, as Ed Carpenter will also drive this The year. Only racing on the ovals, so he will take over the 20th car next weekend with his team of Connor Daly. After that, Dali will enter the 59th car with the Carlin as the regular driver of this car, Max Shelton, and will also miss the oval races this season, with the exception of the Indianapolis 500.
Moreover, Pietro Fittipaldi will take the seat from Romain Grosjean this weekend at Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing, as the Frenchman decided not to participate in the oval races at least this year, and Emerson Fittipaldi’s grandson will take over the leadership of the former Formula One. 1- Driver in all four oval races scheduled for this year. In addition to Fittipaldi, another Brazilian will be appearing in the Texas Motor Speedway, just like Grosjean, Chip Ganassi Racing driver Jimmie Johnson has also chosen not to compete in the Oval races this season. Tony Canaan will replace the seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion in all of the oval races this year, and thus, like Carpenter and Vittipaldi, he will also be riding the first IndyCar races of the year this weekend.
More information about the upcoming race weekend can be viewed separately for both Race 1 and Race 2, and here you can also view all previous NTT IndyCar Series winners at Texas Motor Speedway and see live timing.
The race is on TV
Of course, both the Genesys 300 and XPEL 375 can be watched live on TV in the Netherlands. The first race at Texas Motor Speedway will begin next weekend at night from Saturday to Sunday at 01:45 a.m. but can be watched live from 01:00 a.m. on Ziggo Sport Select, Ziggo Sport Racing, and the open channel Ziggo (Channel 14).
The second race on the Oval Highway begins in Fort Worth, Texas, next Sunday evening at 11:15 pm and can be followed live on the Ziggo Sport Docu from 11:00 PM. Moreover, this race can be watched live on the Ziggo Open Channel from 00:15, Ziggo Sport Select will broadcast this race from 00:20 and XPEL 375 will also be broadcast from 00:30 on Ziggo Sport Racing (all times are European time) Shown).
The free training and qualification can only be followed live with this weekend’s live timing picture, and can be done from here. IndyCar has yet to announce how fans of the Dutch NTT IndyCar series can follow the free training and qualification sessions directly with pictures this year, once something is announced about it, we will of course tell you.
published 29-04-2021, 11:20
the average 29-04-2021, 16:32
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