Dreyer & Reinbold Racing’s Sage Karam in the No.24 Wix Filters Chevrolet took victory in the opening NTT IndyCar Series iRacing Challenge at Watkins Glen International Circuit.
Chip Ganassi Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda finished second and speaking after the race the Swede said that he overheated his tires and that Karam just had something more today, he was it was nice to give the fans something to watch and enjoy.
Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet for Team Penske completed the podium ending the race just ahead of his team mate Scott McLaughlin in the No.2 Shell V Power Chevrolet who did a fantastic job in his NTT IndyCar Series virtual race debut.
McLaughlin ended the race just ahead ahead of Oliver Askew who did a fantastic job for Arrow McLaren SP who finished the American Red Cross Grand Prix in fifth place in what was affectively his debut.
Defending Indianapolis 500 champion Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 Menards Chevrolet was sixth just ahead of his team mate and defending Series champion Josef Newgarden in the No.1 Hitachi Chevrolet. The pair did really well after an early race collision in which Pagenaud lost his engine cover.
Dale Coyne with Vasser Sullivan Racing’s Santino Ferrucci in the No.18 Team SealMaster Honda was eighth just ahead of Andretti Autosport’s Kyle Kirkwood in the No.28 DHL Honda. It was a great race for Ed Carpenter Racing’s Conor Daly in the No.20 US Air Force Chevrolet who rounded out the top ten.
Dalton Kellett in the No.41 K Line Insulators Chevrolet for AJ Foyt Racing was 11th just ahead of Kyle Kaiser of Juncos Racing.
Arrow McLaren SP’s Patricio O’Ward ended the race in 13th place just ahead of Graham Rahal in the No.15 United Rentals Honda for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.
Carlin Racing’s Felipe Nasr in the No.59 Gallagher Chevrolet ended the race in 15th place just ahead of Jimmie Johnson who made his NTT IndyCar Series iRacing Challenge debut in the No.48 Ally Racing Chevrolet.
Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi in the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda who was the last winner at Watkins Glen when IndyCar was here in 2017 came home in 17th just ahead of Marcus Ericsson in the No.8 Huski Chocolate Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing.
Zach Veach in the No.26 Gainbridge Honda was 19th just ahead of rookie Alex Palou in the No.55 Dale Coyne with Team Goh Honda.
Scott Speed in the No.98 US Concrete Honda was 21st while his Andretti team mate Colton Herta in the No.88 GESS Capstone Honda was 22nd.
AJ Foyt Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais in the No.4 Tresiba Chevrolet was 23rd and speaking following the race he said:
A bit of a shame, lots of time spent trying to prepare for this @iRacing @IndyCar event and got disqualified for not piting to fix a damaged front wing… Thanks everyone @AJFoytRacing @SwindellSpdLab and special thanks @TristanVautier for allowing me to use his simulator. At least we had decent pace and qualified pretty good, considering I had never done this before Thursday…
Tony Kanaan in the No.14 ABC Supply Chevrolet was 24th while James Hinchcliffe in the No.29 Genesys Honda for Andretti Autosport was unable to start the race.
The next NTT IndyCar Series iRacing Challenge takes place at Barber Motorsports Park next weekend.