What drivers said after IndyCar’s iRacing opener at Watkins Glen

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The NTT IndyCar Series hosted the inaugural American Red Cross Grand Prix at Virtual Watkins Glen International this weekend, the opener of the six-race iRacing IndyCar Challenge.

NBCSports.com normally publishes a ‘What Drivers Said’ with driver quotes from postrace interviews at real-life IndyCar and NASCAR races.

This post will round up how drivers reacted postrace on social media — some in “interview” videos with themselves.

Sage Karam – Winner:

Felix Rosenqvist – Finished 2nd:

Will Power – Finished 3rd:

Scott McLaughlin – Finished 4th:

Oliver Askew – Finished 5th:

Simon Pagenaud – Finished 6th

Josef Newgarden – Finished seventh:

Conor Daly – Finished 10th:

Dalton Kellett – Finished 11th:

Kyle Kaiser – Finished 12th:

Pato O’Ward – Finished 13th: 

Graham Rahal – Finished 14th:

Felipe Nasr – Finished 15th:

Jimmie Johnson – Finished 16th (with Cup crew chief Cliff Daniels paying rapt attention):

Marcus Ericsson – Finished 18th:

Zach Veach – Finished 19th:

Alex Palou – Finished 20th:

Sebastien Bourdais – Finished 23rd: 

James Hinchcliffe – Finished 25th (did not start):

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).