The NTT IndyCar Series iRacing Challenge has been a fantastic partnership over the last four weekend. The six race schedule has so far seen drivers compete at Watkins Glen International, Barber Motorsports Park, Michigan International Speedway and last weekend at Twin Ring Motegi. The NTT IndyCar Series iRacing Challenge has seen most of the full time drivers in the series compete in events along with guest appearances from drivers from NASCAR.
Jimmie Johnson who had been due to test for Arrow McLaren SP earlier this month has competed in the iRacing Challenge as did Dale Earnhardt Jr. Who was e extremely impressive as on his debut in Michigan he finished on the virtual podium in third place.
Kyle Busch made his NTT IndyCar Series iRacing Challenge debut lat weekend at Twin Ring Motegi where he finished in the race in 13th place having qualified in 25th. The iRacing Challenge has also be great for Arrow McLaren SP’s Robert Wickens who continues his recovery following the accident in Pocono in 20q8 as the Canadian has been racing with hand controls and not only that but took the NTT P1 Award at Twin Ring Motegi last weekend.
Many drivers who are not necessarily sim racers in their spare time have had their rigs provided to them by team sponsors or in many cases George Steinbrenner IV co-owner of Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Racing has been able to supply drivers with the kit they need to enable them to take part in the IndyCar iRacing Challenge.
It has also been fantastic to see NBCSN, the broadcast rights holder to the NTT IndyCar Series broadcast the races live remotely with Lee Diffey, Townsend Bell and Paul Tracey all commentating on the races like they do during a normal race weekend.
Drivers have used the IndyCar iRacing Challenge as an extended test session having race briefings and they have also been working with their race engineers. Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud who has won the last two iRacing events has been working with his engineer Ben Bretzman while five time Series champion Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing has been working with his new engineer Michael Cannon.
This weekend’s fifth round of the NTT IndyCar Series iRacing Challenge takes place at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin Texas.