Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 DXC Technology Chevrolet took his first victory in the NTT IndyCar Series iRacing Challenge Chevrolet 275 at Michigan International Speedway, the first oval event of the six race series.
Last week’s winner Scott McLaughlin was second in the No.2 Snap-On Chevrolet giving Team Penske a 1-2 finish. NASCAR Series legend Dale Earnhardt Jr in his first NTT IndyCar iRacing Challenge event completed the podium. The race start was mayhem after a major accident on lap one involving several drivers. Team Penske’s Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet was fourth.
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal in the No.15 Total Honda was the leading Honda powered car coming home in fifth place just ahead of Meyer Shank Racing’s Jack Harvey in the No.60 AutoNation Sirius XM Honda who had a great day coming home in sixth place just ahead of Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi in the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda.
Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda for Andretti Autosport was eighth in his first ever iRacing event. Ed Carpenter Racing team owner Ed Carpenter in the No.21 Sonax Chevrolet had a great recovery drive after spinning in the pit lane to end the race in ninth place.
Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh’s Alex Palou rounded out the top ten just ahead of Andretti Autosport’s Zach Veach in the No.26 Gainbridge Honda while Kyle Kaiser in the No.11 Juncos Racing ending the race just ahead Conor Daly in the No.20 US Air Force Chevrolet for Ed Carpenter Racing. Sage Karam in the No.24 Wix Filters Chevrolet for Dreyer and Reinbold Racing fought all race long for the lead with Will Power of Team Penske and Carlin Racing’s Felipe Nasr before a late pit stop placed him in 14th place just ahead of James Davison.
Dalton Kellett in the No.41 K Line Insulators Chevrolet for AJ Foyt Racing wa 156th just ahead of Felipe Nasr. Tony Kanaan was 18th in the No.14 ABC Supply Chevrolet for AJ Foyt Racing just ahead of pole sitter Marcus Ericsson in the No.8 Huski Chocolate Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing. Sebastien Bourdais was 20th for AJ Foyt just ahead of Chip Ganassi Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda.
Andretti Autosport’s James Hinchcliffe in the No.29 Genesys Honda was 22nd having been caught up in the first lap carnage. Santino Ferrucci in the No.18 Team SealMaster Honda for Dale Coyne with Vasser Sullivan Racing was 23rd just ahead of defending champion Josef Newgarden in the No.1 XPEL Chevrolet for Team Penske. Arrow McLaren SP’s Patricio O’Ward in the No.5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet was 25th just ahead of Robert Wickens in the No.6 Lucas Oil Arrow McLaren.
Max Chilton was 27th in the No.59 Gallagher Chevrolet for Carlin Racing just head of Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport’s Colton Herta in the No.88 GESS Capstone Honda while Marco Andretti in the No.98 US Concrete Honda was 29th just ahead of Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing while Oliver Askew retired in the No.7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet.