IndyCar returning to video games with “GRID 2”

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For the first time in a decade, IndyCar fans will get to enjoy a console video game based on their favorite series.

If you pre-order Codemasters’ “GRID 2” at Best Buy, you can choose the IndyCar edition of the game that features the Dallara IndyCar and Pace Car. The game will hit the racks on May 28 in North America for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Windows PC platforms.

Just in case you’re wondering how much authenticity Codemasters is going for with the IndyCar edition, SPEEDTV.com’s Marshall Pruett reports that Honda-powered Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports (with driver Simon Pagenaud) lent live engine audio to the British developer this past week at Sonoma Raceway and Chevrolet is also providing the series with audio from its own powerplant to use in future games.

Codemasters, which also creates games featuring Formula One, produced “IndyCar Series” and “IndyCar Series 2005” for the previous generations of the Xbox and Playstation consoles. Recently, IndyCar has been primarily represented in simulation racing through outlets like iRacing.com and Simraceway.

While IndyCar has been offered suggestions on how to grow its overall presence, the series appears to be already getting more active toward courting younger fans. Its new video game can only help those efforts, but an even bigger boost may come in July with the release of Dreamworks Animation’s “Turbo,” which will feature the series and was a key project of former CEO Randy Bernard.

Audi bids farewell to Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich upon retirement

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Audi bid farewell to its iconic head of motorsport, Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, at its end-of-season ‘Race Night’ event in Germany on Friday upon his retirement.

Ullrich took over the reins as Audi’s head of motorsport in 1993 and stayed in the role for 23 years, overseeing its arrival in the prototype class of sports car racing and domination of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Ullrich stepped down from the position at the end of 2016, handing the reins over to ex-Audi DTM chief Dieter Gass, and attended his final racing event with the German marque at its first works Formula E outing in Hong Kong earlier this month.

Ullrich was honored at the Race Night event on Friday and thanked for his efforts in developing Audi into a force within global motorsport.

“In 566 factory-backed commitments during this period he celebrated 209 victories, 13 of them in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, eleven in the 12-hour race at Sebring and nine in the ‘Petit Le Mans’ at Road Atlanta,” a piece on Ullrich’s tenure for Audi’s website reads.

“31 driver titles in super touring car racing, in the DTM and in the sports prototype category are credited to him. 57 campaigners were Audi factory drivers during Wolfgang Ullrich’s era and he was responsible for 18 new developments of racing cars – an impressive tally.”