Scott McLaughlin was delighted with the help he received from his spotter TJ as the Team Penske recovered from the last lap accident to secure a podium finish behind Simon Pagenaud.
McLaughlin current leads the NTT IndyCar Series iRacing Challenge points standing and speaking following the race he said:
probably for me the biggest thing to get used to was the spotter with T.J. I actually have T.J.’s spotter pack in iRacing, now it’s a computer generated call. It’s not quite accurate. This is the first time where I’ve actually had a human genuinely telling me where the cars were, the runs. Getting used to that, the constant talk, how much chatter I wanted was interesting, I really enjoyed it all week. I’m glad I did it a few practice races to get used to oval stuff, how hard some people race, how hard some people didn’t. In the end, obviously been on my roof, on my lid on the first start wasn’t good, but thankfully had a fast repair, we were all granted one of those. I was able to repair my car and get back out. Became a strategy to the end in saving fuel. I think me and Dale did very similar strategies all the way to the end, as well as Simon.”
Defending NTT IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden in the No.1 XPEL Chevrolet ended the race in 24th having started the race from 16th place and speaking following the race he said:
Not the way we wanted to end the day in XPEL No. 1, but I had a ton of fun running at Michigan and I’m happy Team Penske could bring home the win. Congrats to Simon and the 22 team! I still have a lot to learn about this whole sim racing program but I’m excited to get back to work and figure it all out!
Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet ended the race in fourth place having started the race from second place and speaking following the race he said:
“P4 today for the Verizon Chevy. We qualified at the front and led most of the race going back-and-forth with Sage Karam which was a lot of fun. All the guys who crashed at the start got to fuel up and Simon (Pagenaud) and others saved that won them the race. I guess I won being the first on my strategy which is two weeks in-a-row I’ve been beaten on strategy, but that means we are going to have a win here soon. But I’m having a lot of fun with this and see what happens next week.”
Race winner Simon Pagenaud commented saying:
“All credit to (strategist) Ben Bretzman and my virtual team behind me. “We worked hard to understand this kind of racing. It’s a pleasure to bring the DXC car into Victory Lane this year.
“We were just saving fuel trying to stay out of trouble. At the start of the race, everybody piled up (in a crash). We were trying to avoid it. We didn’t have the pace in qualifying. We qualified toward the back and decided to use option B, which was saving fuel and conserve tires.”