2020 schedules for Xfinity Series, Gander Trucks unveiled

first_imgSaturday, Oct. 17Kansas Speedway Friday, May 15Charlotte Motor Speedway Friday, Sept. 25Las Vegas Motor Speedway Saturday, Oct. 24Texas Motor Speedway Friday, May 1Dover International Speedway Saturday, May 23Charlotte Motor Speedway Saturday, Oct. 3Talladega Superspeedway Sunday, Sept. 6Canadian Tire Motorsports Park Friday, July 10Kentucky Speedway Saturday, June 27Pocono Raceway Saturday, March 14Atlanta Motor Speedway Saturday, April 4Bristol Motor Speedway Gander Trucks 2020 schedule released00:0000:0000:00GO LIVEFacebookTwitterEmailEmbedSpeedNormalAutoplay 2020 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series schedule Friday, June 12Iowa Speedway Saturday, Feb. 29Auto Club Speedway Saturday, Aug. 22Dover International Speedway Saturday, March 21Homestead-Miami Speedway Saturday, June 20Chicagoland Speedway The Xfinity Series schedule has three new tracks in its seven-race Playoffs, and two new elimination races that mirror the Cup Series at a road course and a short track.The postseason opens Sept. 18 at Bristol Motor Speedway, with a Friday night race under the lights. After a trip to Las Vegas Motor Speedway — both Bristol and Las Vegas are new to the postseason — the series concludes the Round of 12 at the Charlotte Roval.The Round of 8 sees a Kansas-Texas-Martinsville stretch before ending at ISM Raceway.The Gander Trucks, meanwhile, open the Playoffs at Gateway Motorsports Park. The 1.25-mile track serves as host for the first Round of 8 race on Aug. 21. A trip to Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, site of the 2019 Playoffs opener, and then Bristol Motor Speedway completes the Round of 8.RELATED: Gander Trucks schedule pageThe Round of 6 starts at Las Vegas, and includes Talladega Superspeedway and Martinsville Speedway before crowning a champion at ISM Raceway.Announced last week with the 2020 Cup Series schedule reveal, Pocono Raceway will hold the first Cup Series doubleheader in NASCAR history. The Cup Series will race at the 2.5-mile “Tricky Triangle” on Saturday and then again on Sunday, two points-paying races in two days.It’s officially a tripleheader weekend in Pennsylvania. The Gander Trucks joins the NASCAR Cup Series on a full Saturday of racing, and the Xfinity Series races on Sunday — also with the Cup Series. Yes, that’s four NASCAR national series races in two days.“I definitely think it’ll be a bucket-list item for fans,” Kennedy said. “It’s going to be a unique piece of our schedule for all three series.”The full schedules below:2020 NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule Saturday, May 2Dover International Speedway Saturday, Sept. 5Darlington Raceway Saturday, May 30Kansas Speedway Saturday, June 13Iowa Speedway Saturday, March 28Texas Motor Speedway Saturday, Aug. 15Watkins Glen International Friday, Feb. 21Las Vegas Motor Speedway Friday, Aug. 28Daytona International Speedway Friday, Nov. 6ISM Raceway Saturday, March 14Atlanta Motor Speedway Friday, Sept. 18Bristol Motor Speedway Saturday, Sept. 26Las Vegas Motor Speedwaycenter_img Friday, March 27Texas Motor Speedway Thursday, Sept. 17Bristol Motor Speedway Saturday, Feb. 15Daytona International Speedway Saturday, Aug. 8Road America Saturday, Nov. 7ISM Raceway Saturday, June 6Michigan International Speedway Friday, March 20Homestead-Miami Speedway Sunday, June 28Pocono Raceway Friday, Feb. 14Daytona International Speedway Friday, Aug. 21Gateway Motorsports Park NASCAR released its 2020 schedule for the NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series on Wednesday, unveiling an innovative slate that mirrors the work done for next year’s Cup Series schedule and one that brings both series back to iconic Virginia short tracks for the first time in more than a decade.The announcement also provides a clearer picture of the schedule for a historic Pocono Raceway doubleheader next summer, and a look at the tricky road to the Championship 4 — at a new venue — for both series.Confirmed last week with the reveal of the Cup Series schedule, ISM Raceway at Phoenix will host a tripleheader championship weekend, beginning with the Gander Trucks title race Nov. 6. The Xfinity Series championship is decided the next night at the 1-mile track.ISM Raceway at Phoenix recently completed a $178 million renovation project designed to improve the fan experience, and one which included a reconfiguration for the track’s start/finish line. The track has hosted the Round of 8 finale for all three NASCAR national series since the introduction of the NASCAR Playoffs elimination format.RELATED: Xfinity Series schedule pagePerhaps the biggest change confirmed Wednesday is the return of the NASCAR Xfinity Series to historic Martinsville Speedway, with incredibly high stakes in the penultimate race of the season before the title field is set.The Xfinity Series has raced at Martinsville just once in the past 25 years — in July 2006, a race won by Kevin Harvick. Martinsville will host the Gander Trucks that weekend as well, setting up the first-ever tripleheader weekend at the track.Richmond Raceway also plays a prominent role in both schedules. The Gander Trucks will return to Richmond for the first time since 2005, while the newly renovated raceway will play host to the regular-season finale in the Xfinity Series to set the field for the 12-driver Playoff field.“The NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series were both built on short-track racing, and it is important that short tracks remain a prominent part of our series schedules,” said Ben Kennedy, NASCAR managing director of racing operations and international development. “We returned to our roots in many ways with today’s announcement. Martinsville and Richmond were part of the original Xfinity and Gander Trucks schedules, and we’re excited for their return as part of a strong overall slate.” Saturday, Oct. 31Martinsville Speedway Saturday, April 18Richmond Raceway Thursday, July 9Kentucky Speedway Saturday, April 25Talladega Superspeedway Saturday, May 30Mid-Ohio Friday, June 5Texas Motor Speedway Saturday, July 4Indianapolis Motor Speedway Friday, June 19Chicagoland Speedway Saturday, Oct. 10Charlotte Roval DateTrack Saturday, Feb. 22Las Vegas Motor Speedway Saturday, Aug. 8Michigan International Speedway Friday, Sept. 11Richmond Raceway DateTrack Thursday, July 30Eldora Speedway Saturday, March 7ISM Raceway Saturday, July 18New Hampshire Motor Speedway Friday, Oct. 30Martinsville Speedway Saturday, Aug. 1Iowa Speedwaylast_img read more

Max Verstappen and Lando Norris team up for virtual Le Mans

first_img 24 Hours of Le Mans, Max Verstappen, esports, Lando Norris GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES RELATED PHOTOS IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 Spain’s double Formula One champion and two-time Le Mans winner Fernando Alonso will join Brazilian former Ferrari driver Rubens Barrichello in their own entry.Ferrari’s current F1 driver Charles Leclerc is teaming up with Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi in a Ferrari 488 GTE while Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly will partner with Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne in a Veloce Esports team.A quarter of the F1 grid — five drivers — will be in the 50-car field, with 10 entries in reserve.Two Indianapolis 500 winners have entered — Colombian Juan Pablo Montoya, and France’s reigning champion Simon Pagenaud together for Team Penske.Britain’s Jamie Chadwick, inaugural champion of the all-female W Series, will race a Mahle Racing Aston Martin Vantage GTE.There is also an all-female Richard Mille Racing team with Katherine Legge, Tatiana Calderon, Sophia Floersch and Emily Jones.Regular Le Mans manufacturers Toyota, Ferrari, Porsche, Corvette and Aston Martin are represented in what organizers are billing as the world’s biggest virtual endurance race.Each four-person team features a mix of professional racers and gamers.They will have to handle conditions similar to the French endurance classic, with variable day and night weather conditions and damaged cars repairable in the pits.No driver will be able to spend more than seven hours at the wheel and each will have to do a minimum of four hours. center_img London – Formula One rivals Max Verstappen and Lando Norris will be team mates for the virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 13-14, according to the official entry list on Saturday.The Red Bull and McLaren drivers are sharing the Team Redline Oreca 07 LMP2 car for the esports race on the weekend that Le Mans, postponed to Sept. 19-20 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, would normally take place. KEYWORDS Red Bull’s Max Verstappen sits in his car during preseason Formula One testing on Feb. 28 in Barcelona. | REUTERSlast_img read more