The final race of the NTT IndyCar Series iRacing Challenge 5ook place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday afternoon and was full of action. The NTT IndyCar Series announced two months ago that it had entered into a partnership with iRacing to give their drivers the chance to compete albeit in the virtual world due to the Coronavirus curtailing the start of the 2020 season.
There was fantastic racijg from outset with great battles throughout the six races in the series with drivers from other forms of Motorsports competing in and 2inning races, for example, Australian V8 Supercar champion Scott McLaughlin driving for Team Penske took two victories in the series winning at Barber Motorsports Park and the chaotic race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
We also saw Arrow McLaren SP’s Lando Norris take victory on his debut in the iRacing Challenge last weekend at the circuit of the Americas.
At the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday tempers flared when defending Indianapolis 500 champion Simon Pagenaud was involved in an incident with Arrow McLaren SP’s Lando Norris which saw Pagenaud have to pit. Following the stop, the Frenchman can be heard telling his engineer Ben Bretzman ‘let’s take him out referring to Norris and Bretzman’s response to Pagenaud was to tell him not to do something he would regret.
In the end the pair were involved in an incident which saw Norris go from the lead of the race to finish in 21st. Following the race, Norris got very irate on Twitch, and despite Pagenaud apologising Norris was furious.
Taking to Twitter following the race McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown said:
Not what you expect from a champion
The NTT IndyCar Series iRacing Challenge was a way for fans to see some racing on TV during this unprecedented time and drivers were representing the series, their teams and their sponsors and while it was a game it was also a platform for sponsors to continue to showcase their brands.
NBCSN who serve as the official broadcast partner to the NTT IndyCar Series got involved in the iRacing Challenge showing the races live with their regular commentary team of Lee Diffey, Townsend Bell and Paul Tracey.
Drivers had also spent an awful lot of time preparing for these events with their real life race engineers but as AJ Foyt Racing’s Tony Kanaan said he is glad it is over and that it is now time to go back to real racing.
The main thing to take out of this whole experience is that it has helped to raise much needed money for a variety of charities such as Turns 4 Troops and other organisations who are working extremely hard in the fight against COVID 19.