The 24 Hours of Le Mans
Saturday, August 21st - 10:00 a.m. EDT - Motor Trend
The 24 Hours of Le Mans has already begun at the time of publishing, but, as you might guess, it will run for another 21 hours.
Toyota's GR010s, the only cars designed by a major manufacturer for the new Le Mans Hypercar regulations, are the heavy favorites to win the 2021 race. With such a significant pace advantage, their battle will be against themselves as much as it is against the lone Alpine-branded 2020 LMP1 car grandfathered into the top class.
IndyCar - Gateway Motorsports Park
Saturday, August 21st - 8:00 p.m. EDT - NBC Sports Network
The IndyCar season ends with three races on west coast circuits in consecutive weeks, but before that the series has to run its final oval at Gateway's flat and egg-shaped intermediate track.
Alex Palou's engine issues last weekend have blown the championship wide open for fellow contenders Scott Dixon and Pato O'Ward, but both need to actually finish ahead of Palou in today's race if they want to have a legitimate shot of taking the championship without waiting for Palou to suffer misfortunes in the final three races of the season. Given Dixon and O'Ward's record on shorter ovals, they may well be in a better position than Palou this weekend.
NASCAR - Michigan International Speedway
Sunday, August 22nd - 3:00 p.m. EDT - NBC Sports Network
Two races remain before the NASCAR playoffs. One of those is at Daytona, so tomorrow's race at Michigan is the last predictable race of the regular season and last chance for a strong team that needs a win to grab one without having to worry about pack racing dynamics.
Nobody needs that win more than Kevin Harvick. Outside of one win by Aric Almirola, his Stewart-Haas Racing team has had a nightmarish season. His strong performances, much stronger than any of his three teammates, have gotten him in position to make the playoffs, but his inability to actually win races has kept him from building up the kind of playoff point gap he needs if he wants to advance to the championship round and take the title so many expected him to win last season.
Michigan, a big and flat intermediate, represents one final chance to build up some success before the races really start to matter to elite programs like his. If SHR can do it, there is no better time to get to winning.