IndyCar and NASCAR take a rare weekend off together.
Mainly, so their drivers can compete in the 87th Running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Mike Conway, Mikhail Aleshin, Fernando Alonso, Le Mans native Sebastien Bourdais, defending IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon, Ryan Briscoe and Patrick Long are among the familiar names competing in the most famous endurance race in the world.
Dixon, Briscoe and Richard Westbrook form the Chip Ganassi Ford racing team in the GT series. In 2016, Ganassi won Ford its first Le Mans title in 50 years.
“There are certain names you want to check off on your bucket list,” Ganassi said. “Indianapolis. Daytona. Le Mans is right there with those places.”
While A.J. Foyt is proudest of his seven IndyCar national championships and 67 race victories, he is especially proud of being the only driver who has achieved the Indianapolis-Daytona-LeMans trifecta.
Alonso refers to Indy, Le Mans and the Grand Prix of Monaco as the triple crown of racing.
The former two-time world champion from Spain has suspended his F-1 career in quest of the Indy 500 crown.
Summer Motorsports Mayhem at Irwindale
Irwindale Raceway stages its annual summer motorsports mayhem night of destruction extravaganza Saturday night.
Dr. Danger from America’s Got Talent will lead stunt drivers in putting on a pyrotechnics show.
A full stunt show will follow, with the largest RV demolition derby in southern California to follow.
The evening ends with fireworks.