Defending Indianapolis 500 champion Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 Team Penske DXC Technology Chevrolet took his second NTT IndyCar Series iRacing Challenge race win in a row on Saturday.
The inaugural NTT IndyCar Series iRacing Challenge visited Twin Ring Motegi for the Firestone 175, round four of the six race schedule.
Pagenaud fought off stiff competition from Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda and his Penske team mates Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet and Scott McLaughlin in the No.2 Shell V Power Chevrolet.
Speaking following the race Pagenaud said:
That was a hard race. I had to battle with my teammate Will Power and then (Scott) Dixon there at the end. “I work hard all week to be competitive and I think I am catching up and I think I am getting there.
“I also have great help from my real race engineer Ben Bretzman. He is a great help on race strategy and pit stops. I’m having a lot of fun, but it is still stressful. We are lacking a lot of feedback and having to learn a new way to race. But is is fun. I’m having a lot of fun in these iRacing events, but it can be stressful as I continue to learn this style of racing. I hope all the fans enjoyed it because I had a blast!”
Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet who finished in third place commented saying:
“Man, I was really hoping Scott (McLaughlin), Simon (Pagenaud) and I were going to have a great fight for the win,” said Power.
” It’s frustrating that a lapped car kept us from doing that. It really hurt Scott but I’m happy that Simon was able to get the win for Team Penske eSports. The Verizon Chevy was great out front and it was nice to lead a lot of laps, but we didn’t lead the one that matters.”