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Happy 4th: NASCAR, IndyCar and Formula 1 will all race on the same weekend for the first time in 2020 – Yahoo Sports

Rejoice. The racing world is back to normal. Sort of.

With the return of Formula 1 after the coronavirus pandemic on July 5, the Fourth of July weekend is the first weekend in 2020 that includes F1, NASCAR and IndyCar races. Not only are American race fans getting a three-day weekend, they get four major races to watch and five if you want to count the Saturday evening IMSA race at the Daytona road course.

Both Saturday and Sunday feature two races each. The IndyCar Series kicks things off at Noon ET on NBC at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. That race is followed on NBC by the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at the same track.

It’ll be the first time the Xfinity Series has raced on the IMS road course instead of the oval. The change was made because, well, the Xfinity races at the IMS oval had become really boring. After trying aero tricks to keep the cars closer together on the track, NASCAR and IMS just decided to make the switch to the road course. The simple presence of cars on the road course should make the race better by default.

F1 is in Austria on Sunday morning (9 a.m. ET, ESPN) for the first of two races in two weekends at the Red Bull Ring. The circuit’s schedule is set through the summer at tracks across Europe as the top motorsports series in the world tries to make up for the races it missed through the spring. F1 is racing on eight of 10 weekends through Sept. 6 with more races to come after that.

The Cup Series then caps the weekend off (4 p.m. ET, NBC) at the IMS oval. It’s the first time that the Cup Series has raced at Indianapolis over the July 4 weekend. The traditional Daytona race over the holiday weekend is now the final race of the regular season as NASCAR tries to keep whatever juice is left in the Brickyard 400.

Thanks to the pandemic, it’s also the first time that the IndyCar Series and NASCAR Cup Series are racing at the same facility on the same weekend.

It’s important to note that all of these races will happen without fans in attendance. While IMS says it’s still committed to trying to hold the Indianapolis 500 in August with 50 percent capacity, there won’t be any fans watching the weekend’s race in-person.

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    Multiple cars to start from rear in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono – NASCAR

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    Multiple cars in the NASCAR Cup Series will drop to the rear before the start of Sunday’s Pocono 350 (4 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

    Because Sunday’s race is the second in a weekend doubleheader, teams are supposed to use the same car from the first race. Five teams, though, have been approved to go to a backup car and therefore will have to fall back before the green flag: the No. 00 StarCom Racing Chevrolet of Quinn Houff (supposed to start 40th), the No. 8 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet of Tyler Reddick (supposed to start 30th), the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota of Erik Jones (supposed to start 38th), the No. 22 Team Penske Ford of Joey Logano (supposed to start 36th) and the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet of Alex Bowman (supposed to start 27th).

    Also, four other drivers will lose their starting spot for different reasons. Chase Elliott’s No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet and B.J. McLeod’s No. 78 B.J. McLeod Motorsports Chevrolet had their transmissions changed. Elliott and McLeod were set to fire off 25th and 39th, respectively. Then, William Byron’s No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet and Ryan Preece’s No. 37 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet had their engines changed. Byron was going to start seventh, while Preece originally had the pole position.

    Sunday’s lineup was based on the finishing results from Saturday, which included an inversion of the top 20 finishers.

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    NASCAR Shows Solidarity With Bubba Wallace After Noose Is Found In His Garage | MSNBC – MSNBC

    Published on 22 Jun 2020

    NASCAR drivers and crewmembers showed solidarity with driver Bubba Wallace at Talladega speedway. This was after a noose was found in Wallace’s garage stall over the weekend. Aired on 06/22/2020.

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    Several top NASCAR drivers drop helmet designer over confederate flag tweets – Insider – INSIDER

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    NASCAR’s decision to ban the confederate flag was a long time coming, but some in the racing world are still refusing to accept defeat.

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    • NASCAR drivers cut ties with a helmet designer Beam Designs after the company posted its disapproval of the league’s decision to ban the confederate flag from races.
    • “NASCAR you realize the North had slaves too, lol not just the South, you want to remove the American Flag as well, idiots,” the company wrote in a tweet.
    • Jimmie Johnson, Bubba Wallace, Ryan Blaney, and Kyle Busch all cut ties with the brand after the posts made the rounds on social media.
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    NASCAR drivers Jimmie Johnson, Bubba Wallace, Ryan Blaney, and Kyle Busch have all cut ties with a helmet designer that expressed outrage on social media after the racing league announced that it was banning the confederate flag from all of its races moving forward.

    NASCAR has been making a clear and concerted effort to support recent racial equality and social justice movements, with drivers holding a moment of silence for the death of George Floyd ahead of a race on Sunday, and Bubba Wallace, the only Black driver in NASCAR, driving in a car adorned with “Black lives matter.”

    On Wednesday, Jason Beam of Beam Designs criticized the league’s decision to ban the confederate flag, before shifting to mocking Wallace’s #BlackLivesMatter car.

    “The Confederate Flag, North vs South in the Civil War, a war over separation of the Union, not slavery,” one post read. “But hey ignorance wins again, NASCAR you realize the North had slaves too, lol not just the South, you want to remove the American Flag as well, idiots.”

    —🎲 (@MagicZoetrope) June 11, 2020

    —Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) June 11, 2020

    After the tweets began to make the rounds on social media, drivers began to announce that they were ending their relationship with Beam Designs.

    —Bubba Wallace (@BubbaWallace) June 11, 2020

    —Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) June 11, 2020

    —Ryan Blaney (@Blaney) June 11, 2020

    Beam Designs isn’t the only NASCAR-adjacent entity to express their anger over the decision to ban the confederate flag.

    Truck Series driver Ray Ciccarelli posted Wednesday that he would be quitting at the end of the season in response to the ban.

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    NASCAR competitor Ray Ciccarelli says he’s leaving sport after new Confederate flag policy – WGHP FOX 8 Greensboro

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    DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 13: Ray Ciccarelli poses for a photo at Daytona International Speedway on February 13, 2020 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

    TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Ray Ciccarelli, a part-time NASCAR competitor, says he’s leaving the sport at the end of the season.

    The announcement came the same day NASCAR said it was banning the display of the Confederate flag at all events and affiliated properties.

    Ciccarelli, a part-time competitor in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, took to Facebook Wednesday, saying it has been a “fun ride and dream come true,” but that he disagreed with the direction the sport is heading.

    “I don’t believe in kneeling during Anthem nor taken ppl right to fly what ever flag they love,” he posted. “I could care less about the Confederate Flag, but there are ppl that do and it doesn’t make them a racist all you are doing is (expletive) one group to cater to another and i ain’t spend the money we are to participate in any political BS!! So everything is for SALE!!”

    His post has since been deleted.

    On Wednesday, NASCAR announced it was banning any images or displays of the Confederate flag at all of its events. The move came one day after Bubba Wallace, the only black driver in the sport, called for the flag to be banned.

    “The presence of the Confederate flag at NASCAR events runs contrary to our commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all fans, our competitors and our industry,” NASCAR said in a statement. “Bringing people together around a love for racing and the community that it creates is what makes our fans and sport special. The display of the Confederate flag will be prohibited from all NASCAR events and properties.”

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    Twice is nice: Double burnouts for Kevin Harvick after Darlington win | NASCAR Cup Series – NASCAR

    Kevin Harvick burns it down twice at Darlington Raceway following his win in The Real Heroes 400.


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