Team Penske’s Scott McLaughlin in the No.2 Shell V Power Chevrolet is looking forward to returning to familiar surroundings on Saturday when he competes in the NTT IndyCar Series iRacing Challenge event at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin Texas for the AutoNation Challenge.
The New Zealander participated in the NTT IndyCar Series Spring Training preseason test in February and looking ahead to the race he said:
I’m really looking forward to going back to COTA. It was great to be part of the preseason test with the rest of the series. I learned a lot there running alongside other drivers in the series since this was the first time I was in a car with the rest of them. I’ve been having a lot of fun competing in iRacing in INDYCAR and SuperCars. It’s all experience and it’s all seat time, even if it’s virtual. The Shell V-Power car looks to be strong this weekend since my team has put a lot of work into our plan.
Defending series champion Josef Newgarden in the No.1 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet is looking forward to the race on Saturday saying:
I really enjoy racing in COTA, so I’m looking forward to racing the virtual one. iRacing has been a huge adjustment for me, but I have learned so much with the PPG Chevy team, and we’re all excited to apply our learnings to real life racing whenever we can go back. COTA can be a challenging track, but we tried some things out at the preseason test that we think will work great for this virtual version of the race. Just ready to go out and give it our all with hopes to just keep improving.
Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet has been extremely competitive during the iRacing Challenge given his sim experience and having competed in the Supercar virtual challenge earlier this week the Australian is looking forward to the race on Saturday saying:
I’ve been having a blast with iRacing. It’s something I have enjoyed for a long time, so it’s been great to keep racing against the rest of the drivers in the INDYCAR SERIES. COTA can be a really challenging track, but I love the challenge. It’s been great to have the whole Verizon Chevy team behind me week after week in the virtual world. We think it will make us stronger as a team when we can go back to racing in real life. I’m just looking forward to being part of another great show for the fans.
Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 Snap-On Chevrolet heads into the race this weekend aiming to score a hat-trick of victories having won last time out in Motefi and also in Michigan. Speaking ahead of the event the defending Indianapolis 500 winner said:
iRacing has really been fun for the past few weeks, and I’m looking forward to racing at COTA. Winning two consecutive races gave us a boost of confidence. One of the last times the whole INDYCAR SERIES was all on track was during our spring training at the real-life track. We learned a lot at that test that I have been applying to iRacing events. It’s a really great track that has great challenges and quite technical sections. We as a series are getting stronger and stronger, not just as drivers in iRacing events, and there’s a lot of carryover we can eventually apply to races in real life. I am thankful for NBCSN for showing our race and am excited to have Snap-on’s livery on my Chevrolet this weekend. We’ve had a lot of success the past couple of weeks, so we’re going to be looking to keep having a similar approach