Formula One driver Lando Norris was the the class of the field in Saturday’s penultimate NTT IndyCar Series iRacing Challenge event at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin Texas.
The McLaren F1 driver, competing in his first IndyCar iRacing Challenge event, the AutoNation Challenge started the 32 lap race from pole position and despite a spin during the race that briefly dropped him down the field the Englishman had a superb recovery drive to win the race in his No.04 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet.
Arrow McLaren SP full time NTT IndyCar Series driver Patricio O’Ward in the No.5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet started the race from 5th and led 10 laps on his way to second place in the race.
Norris led 15 laps meaning that Arrow McLaren SP led 25 of the 23 lap event which although it was in the virtual world should give Arrow McLaren SP some confidence going into the real NTT IndyCar Series season which is due to as it stands commence behind closed doors with the Genesys 600 at Texas Motor Speedway on June 6.
Norris is now eligible to compete in Saturday’s NTT IndyCar Series iRacing Challenge season 3nding race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway although he says he has not yet decided if he will compete in that event.
The Englishman’s success on Saturday was down to a number of factors not least his 14 years of sim experience but also the fact that he was once again working with his ex McLaren race 3ngineer Andrew Jarvis who is now part of the Arrow McLaren SP IndyCar team set up.
Norris also did extensive work with his team mates Patricio O’Ward, Oliver Askew and Robert Wickens in the build up to the race.