Darren Cox, President and CEO of Torque eSports who run the Legends Trophy with drivers from all forms of motorsports such as Juan Pablo Montoya, Jenson Button, Dario Franchitti and Emerson Fittipaldi says that under the current circumstances e racing series has become big business.
The Englishman condemned the actions of defending Indianapolis 500 winner Simon Pagenaud who appeared to deliberately crash into race leader Lando Norris during Saturday’s NTT IndyCar Series iRacing Challenge season ending First Responder 175 at the virtual Indianapolis Motor Speedway.S
Speaking to the Reuters news agency, Cox said:
These guys aren’t doing it for fun. “Pagenaud was there representing Penske, his sponsors, the series. And therefore he has to behave like a professional. You can say ‘It’s just a game’ but it ain’t.
Cox went on to say:
If it was just a game, they’d be on Mario Kart and wouldn’t have their sponsor’s name down the side (of the car) and wouldn’t train to give their sponsors coverage and exposure on a big TV channel in the U.S.
The NTT IndyCar Series plan to return to real life racing on Saturday June 6 behind closed doors at Texas Motor Speedway with the Genesys 600 been run as a TV only event.