The 24 Hours of Le Mans Will Run With Spectators This Year

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The 24 Hours of Le Mans Will Run With Spectators

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many major races have been held behind closed doors this year, but fans will gradually return to the track. Autosport reports that this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans—already delayed from June to September because of the pandemic—will be run with some spectators in attendance. Ticket sales for the general public were suspended yesterday, except for those who already purchased tickets. Typically, Le Mans welcomes around 250,000 spectators, but ACO president Pierre Fillon said that “no attendance records will be broken this year.”

2021 Ford F-150 to Start Production In September

The new Ford F-150 is here, and soon, it’ll be rolling off the line in Dearborn, Michigan. The Detroit Free Press reports that the Dearborn truck plant is scheduled to shut down from September 7th for 21st so it can be retooled for 2021 F-150 production, and a month later, the same will happen at Ford’s Kansas City plant. Ford is staggering plant shutdowns to keep the current-generation F-150 in production just a little longer, and to make sure the quality of the earliest 2021 F-150s meet expectations. Last year’s production start of the new Explorer was notoriously messy, and Ford doesn’t want a repeat for its most important product.

Jimmie Johnson to Test An IndyCar Next Week

Seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson will retire from full-time NASCAR competition this year, and he’s got his eyes on other race series. He was supposed to test a McLaren IndyCar earlier this year, but the coronavirus pandemic put that on hold. Now thanks to Chip Ganassi, Autosport reports, he’ll test one next week on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. This weekend will see a historic NASCAR-IndyCar double-header at the Speedway, so the timing worked out perfectly for Johnson. Will we see him run wheel-to-wheel in an IndyCar next year? Here’s hoping.

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