Arrow McLaren SP’s Lando Norris was left disappointed after a a collision with defending Indianapolis 500 champion Simon Pagenaud in the closing stages of Saturday’s First Responder 175 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway while leading the race saw Norris finish the event in 21st place.
It has been suggested that Pagenaud deliberately crashed into Norris to stop the Englishman winning his second NTT IndyCar Series iRacing Challenge event however such a notion is obsurd. Norris tweeted after the race saying:
With only a few laps to go and running 1st a backmarker tried ‘slowing him up’ then this happened…
🇺🇸 #INDYCARChallenge #L4NDO
Norris continued to vent his frustration on Twitch saying that some drivers were not taking the racing seriously and that he had invested time and effort into competing in the race.
Norris went to say that he had worked with his old Formula One engineer Oliver Jarvis however what the Englishman fails to realise is that the NTT IndyCar Series field did indeed take the racing seriously with most of the drivers enlisted the help of their real life race engineers to help them.
Take Simon Pagenaud for example, the Frenchman who apologized to Norris for the incident has been working with Team Penske race engineer Ben Bretzman on strategy and that Team Penske were treating the races like a real life 3vent holding Zoom engineering briefings before and after each race.