RLL with Citrone Buhl Autosport’s Spencer Pigot in the No.45 EMBRACE Pittsburgh Honda is looking forward to making his NTT IndyCar Series iRacing Challenge debut on Saturday in the AutoNation Challenge at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin Texas.
Speaking ahead of the race he said:
I’m really looking forward to joining everyone for the last few races of the INDYCAR iRacing Challenge. I’ve been watching all the races on NBCSN, and it looks like a lot of fun. I haven’t been on iRacing for quite a few years, so I will definitely have some catching up to do. With the GMR Grand Prix being postponed until July, this will be a welcomed change to help pass the time. It will give me a chance to start working with a few members of Citrone/Buhl Autosport and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and get back into the groove of a race event. I can’t wait to race again, and this is the perfect way to start that process.
Pigot joins his team mate’s Graham Rahal in the No.15 One Cure Honda and Takuma Sato in the No.30 Panasonic ABeam Consulting Honda. Speaking ahead of Saturday’s race Rahal said:
We are all missing being at the actual race at Circuit of the Americas, but at least we can race there virtually. It’s going to be an interesting race and a full field with 33 cars. It will be key to stay out of trouble.”
Takuma Sato in the No.30 Panasonic ABeam Consulting Honda who made his iRacing debut at Motegi last weekend commented saying:
It’s been a great experience so far. There is a lot to learn, and I enjoy driving and racing online. It’s pretty much what I expected, as we all have experience on our manufacturer’s simulators. However, doing it at home and the sim rig you have at home does not have motion, so you feel only steering feedback and through the monitor it is incredibly hard to “feel” what’s happening in the car. It’s fun when you just drive, but racing seriously with competitive sim-experienced drivers online is a very tough one! Fans love it. Obviously, they are looking forward to seeing the real racing, but in the situation now, this is best thing for them to have excitement for what usually feels like a great INDYCAR season. Also, particularly for my home country, the race in Twin Ring Motegi was a great moment. We never expected to be back there this way, but fans really enjoyed watching INDYCAR back at Motegi. I think iRacing is going to be very tough on a road course. COTA has a lot of high curbing to prevent cutting corners short that you just simply cannot touch because the car bounces too much and you lose control. And the track limit is very strict on iRacing, so it’s easy to get a penalty. But that is the same for everyone, so I expect it will make for an exciting race.” (About teamwork involved in iRacing): “I believe it is a benefit to work with the team on this and also provide it for the fans. We are all connected with engineers and going through a lot of things as similar as real world, so it’s definitely a good way to keep our communications and relationship well for preparation for the race.”