UPDATED: IndyCar’s entry list for Saturday’s iRacing series opener

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IndyCar has unveiled the 26 entries for the opener to its six-race iRacing exhibition season that will begin Saturday.

Watkins Glen International was chosen as the location for the opener in online fan voting among eight tracks.

Each virtual race event, which will last approximately 90 minutes to two hours, will begin at 4 p.m. ET each Saturday through May 2.

Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson was announced Friday morning as the newest entrant.

Among the drivers competing in the race: defending series champion Josef Newgarden, two-time Supercars champion Scott McLaughlin, Pato O’Ward, Felix Rosenqvist, Will Power, Santino Ferrucci, Graham Rahal, Conor Daly, Simon Pagenaud, Zach Veach, Alexander Rossi, James Hinchcliffe, Tony Kanaan and Sebastien Bourdais.

Robert Wickens, who continues to make a recovery from injuries sustained in an Aug. 19, 2018 crash, was on IndyCar’s original entry list for the race but has pulled out because of equipment availability.

An IndyCar spokesman said if the equipment arrives, Wickens could be added to the race, and Wickens has requested help so he can race.

Click here for the most recent entry list for the opener of the IndyCar iRacing Challenge.

Simon Pagenaud’s engineer relives 2019 Indy 500 victory on Twitter

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The Team Penske engineer for last year’s Indianapolis 500 winner is reliving Simon Pagenaud’s day by tweeting about what he was doing each moment a year later.

Starting with an observation that he awoke in his Indianapolis hotel room at 4:30 a.m., Ben Bretzman (@benbretzman) sent nearly two dozen tweets by 11 a.m. ET about how the morning before the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 unfolded.

Bretzman was through the infield tunnel and in Gasoline Alley by 6 a.m. By 7:30 a.m., he was wondering if his driver was awake yet, but he had heard for the first time from Pagenaud 45 minutes later.

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Among other highlights: The team’s last strategy meeting was at 8:30 a.m.; final check of the weather was at 9:30 a.m. and Bretzman gave the No. 22 Dallara-Chevrolet a once-over at 10:35 a.m. before it was pushed to the grid.

Follow @BenBretzman to watch the day unfold from the pit box and tune into “Back Home Again at 2 p.m. ET on NBC as Pageanud and Alexander Rossi, who are good friends off the track, recap their epic duel with host Mike Tirico.

Simon Pagenaud and engineer Ben Bretzman debrief at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IndyCar photo by Joe Skibinski).