McLaren F1 Team’s Lando Norris in the No.04 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet took his first NTT IndyCar Series iRacing Challenge victory in his first event in the series. The Englishman was invited by IndyCar to join the field for Saturday’s AutoNation Challenge at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin Texas.
Norris, competing from his in the UK started the race from pole position and had a great start to the race keeping Team Penske’s Will Power behind him.
At the end of lap 15 following the competition caution he spun coming out of the final turn, turn 20 moving down to 13ty, however he made his way back up the field to win the event and speaking following the race he said:
It was not easy at all, which was all down to myself and obviously the spin in the second stint. “It was a tough race, especially with Pato closing down with the new tires at the end. I didn’t think I was going to get back to the lead, so I was kind of gutted. I got the good, old call from my engineer on the team radio to tell me to keep pushing, and I did.
Norris went on to say:
I don’t know what happened to Will, but that was the key, basically, Will spinning, to allow me to get back to P1.
Reacting to his spin, the McLaren F1 driver said:
I was swearing quite a bit, but I won’t repeat that right now. “I was really annoyed. We’d been strong as a team, and to throw it away as stupidly as I did, just by trying to be a bit eager on the gas coming out of the last corner, I was just annoyed.
The Englishman’s team mate Patricio O’Ward in the No.5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet gave the team a virtual 1-2 finish and speaking following the race he said:
It was good, but Lando is quick in the sim. “There’s still obviously some work I have to do. The whole week we were really trying to work as a team to improve, each and every one of us. In some corners Lando was quicker, in some corners I was better and in some corners Oliver (Askew) was better and in some corners Robbie (Wickens) was strong.
“I’m proud that we ended 1-2. I was pushing hard to get him (Norris) in the end but couldn’t quite get to him.