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.