Team Penske’s Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet started Saturday’s inaugural NTT IndyCar Series iRacing Challenge at the virtual Watkins Glen International Circuit in New York State from third place and following an incredibly challenging 45 laps the Australian came home in third place.
Speaking following the race he said:
A good start to the INDYCAR season. Online, that is. I’m happy with a solid, third-place finish in the Verizon Chevy. It was really cool to see everyone come together to put this race on. I wish I could have been the first winner, but I hope the fans enjoyed it.”
Defending Virgin Australia Supercar champion Scott McLaughlin in the No.2 Shell V Power Chevrolet started his debut race in the NTT IndyCar Series from seventh place and came home in fourth.
It wasn’t the debut that McLaughlin’s was expecting as he hopes that he can make his real life race debut with Penske at the GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis on July 4 if the Virgin Australia Supercar schedule allow him to do so.
Speaking following the race the New Zealander said:
A fourth-place finish with the Shell V-Power Dallara was not too bad for us today. Had a bit of an incident at the start with Oliver Askew, but it was just a racing incident and we had a good battle at the end. It was good fun today and a joy to be a part of it. I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I did.
Defending Indianapolis 500 champion Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 Menards Chevrolet started the race from eighth place and despite contact during the event the Frenchman came back to finish the race in sixth place.
Speaking following the race the Frenchman said:
Thank you to all the fans that tuned into today’s INDYCAR iRacing Challenge. It was so cool to see so many stakeholders in our series come together to give the fans something during this time. I think these races are going to get even better as we go. Our Menards Chevy was pretty strong today, but we were in the wrong place at the wrong time. We still battled back for a strong finish and I can’t wait to get to Barber next week.”
Defending NTT IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden in the No.1 Hitachi Chevrolet started the race from ninth place and came home in seventh.
The Tennessee native was involved in a crash on lap 6 with his team mates Simon Pagenaud and Scott McLaughlin.
Speaking following the race, Newgarden said:
“Seeing as how I was up so late last night getting my rig ready, I’m pretty happy with a seventh-place finish. It’s amazing the quality of racing you can do with the iRacing platform and I’m psyched about the rest of the races. We obviously had a strong Hitachi Chevy today to battle back after the early incident. Thank you to everyone that tuned in. It was such a neat event.”
The next race in the six event calendar for the NTT IndyCar Series iRacing Challenge takes place next Saturday 6 April at Barber Motorsports Park.