Supercar team Walkinshaw Andretti United and NTT IndyCar Series team Andretti Autosport announced an excited ride swap this weekend.
Chaz Mostert who drive the No.98 US Concrete with Curb Honda alongside Alexander Rossi in the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda, Colton Herta in the No.88 GESS Capstone Honda, James Hinchcliffe in the No.29 Genesys Honda, Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda and Zach Veach in the No.26 Gainbridge Honda in the AutoNation Challenge at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin Texas.
Speaking about the news, Mostert said:
For me it’s super exciting to compete in my first INDYCAR race, even if it is virtually. Having the link between our organisations has presented me with an amazing opportunity, so a huge thank you to the entire Andretti Autosport team for having me.
“I’ll be looking to do a solid job, I’m not expecting too much, I’ve driven a Supercar around COTA once, but I’m tipping the INDYCAR will be a different kettle of fish. It’s great to have some awesome teammates to bounce off, so I’ll be picking their brains in the lead up.
“The news of Alexander joining the Supercars field as a wildcard is really exciting, I watched their Bathurst Wildcard closely, and to be honest, I was a bit bummed I wasn’t a part of the team then to hang out with them and find out a bit more about their world. It’ll be great to be on the same team, I’ll be leaning on him for advice, and I hope he will do the same.
“We will definitely have to have a bet going on the results, we will keep it fun for everyone, including ourselves!”
As part of the announcement, Alexander Rossi will drive the V8 Supercar of Walkinshaw Andretti United Autosport next Wednesday in the virtual world.
Rossi has raced in Supercars before having served as James Hinchcliffe’s team mate at Bathurst last year.
Speaking about the news, Rossi said:
“Prior to 2020, I wasn’t much of a sim racer and never had any intentions of becoming one, but in light of the current situation it has become a great platform for us to stay relevant to our fans and sponsors.
“I had such an incredible time driving the V8 Holden with WAU in Bathurst last year. It was a no-brainer for me to return virtually to the grid for two races where I know the tracks incredibly well and have had good success there in the past.
“With Chaz racing with us at COTA in the AutoNation INDYCAR Challenge this weekend, we will have to come up with some sort of friendly bet to see who finishes higher in their respective wild card races. I would put your money on him….”
Round 5 of the NTT IndyCar Series iRacing Challenge at the Circuit of the Americas is love on NBCSN on Saturday at 2.30PM ET.