Scott McLaughlin in the No.40 Pirtek Team Penske Chevrolet took a surprise victory in final event of the NTT IndyCar Series iRacing Challenge, the First Responder 175 presented by GMR at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday.
The New Zealander who started the race from pole position avoided the last lap carnage to claim his second win of the inaugural IndyCar Series iRacing Challenge. Speaking following the race he said:
I saw a whole bunch of crashing. “Unbelievable to get the PIRTEK car into Victory Lane. It was really cool. From that last caution, my front wing was damaged, so I was just literally just trying to hope there was a wreck at the end, and there were two.
“We were at the right place at the right time. I thought we were going to get third, and then the two wrecked in front of us, and we got the win. That was exhilarating. That was cool.
Indiana native Conor Daly who was on loan to Carlin Racing from Ed Carpenter Racing driving the No.31 US Air Force Chevrolet started the race from 22nd place and gave Trwvor Carlin’s team albeit in the virtual world their first NTT IndyCar Series podium as he finished the 70 lap race in second place.
Speaking following the race Daly said:
It was quite a day on the Internet today. “It was an electric factory of a race. I think our strategy was awesome and hilarious at the same time because I think we were involved in three different accidents. It was fun. What a day.
Dale Coyne with Vasser Sullivan Racing’s Santino Ferrucci in the No.18 Team SealMaster Honda who was rookie of the year in 2019 finished the race in third place despite colliding with Arrow McLaren SP’s Oliver Askew heading to the finish line.
Speaking following the race he said:
Coming to the line, I was trying to get really up close to him. “I don’t know why, but I went through him trying to get close to him. Trying to steer closer to him and closer to him because I knew the drag race would be tight. I just didn’t expect the cars to go sideways. That’s my bad, and I’m sorry for doing that to Oliver because that was definitely his race there.
Scott McLaughlin became the second repeat winner of the NTT IndyCar Series iRacing Challenge after his Penske team mate and defending Indianapolis 500 champion Simon Pagenaud also scored two wins in Motegi and Michigan while McLaughlin won at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and at Barber Motorsports Park.
McLaughlin went on to say:
I don’t think I could have gotten the W with the car we had on outright pace. “Before that, we had new tires and were on a really good strategy and could have been OK. Once I bent the wing, I was just trying to hold on. I was hoping I got lucky there with some wrecks, and we did.
The Month of May has been cancelled this year due to the COVID 19 pandemic however, the NTT IndyCar Series will be at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for real over the 4th July weekend for the GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis which is due to take place on Sunday July 5.
The 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge is due to take place on Sunday 23 August.
The NTT IndyCar Series will make a third trip to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Harvest Grand Prix of Indianapolis on Saturday 3 October.