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):

Kyle Larson’s ASCOC win streak ends on wild crash in South Dakota

Kyle Larson crash
Trent Gower
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The record winning streak of Kyle Larson in the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions came to a jarring halt Sunday night with a wild crash in a heat race.

On the third lap of the second heat race at Huset Speedway in Brandon, South Dakota, Larson got high entering Turn 1 and slammed the wall. His No. 57, which had won the past seven races in the ASCOC (and its previous eight starts in the series), flipped multiple times before coming to a stop upside down on the dirt.

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Larson reportedly was OK after the crash, but his car was too damaged to continue, causing the driver to miss the main event. Cory Eliason scored his first ASCOC victory this season (and $20,000) by winning the 35-lap A main over Kerry Madsen before a capacity crowd.

 

The crash came while Kyle Larson was running last. He had rejoined the heat race after suffering a flat right rear tire a few minutes earlier in contact with the frontstretch wall on the second lap.

It was a disappointing end to a night that started with promise for Larson, who had set the fastest lap in time trials. It also snapped a run in which he was unbeaten from July 10 through Aug. 1 in the 410 winged sprint car circuit owned by Tony Stewart that started in 1970. Larson had 23 victories in his previous 37 starts on dirt since the beginning of June in sprint cars and USAC midget events.

He will have to wait a while to start his next streak in the ASCOC, which will take two weeks off before returning Aug. 21 at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Michigan.

The dirt racing world will spend the next two weekends at Knoxville Raceway, which postponed its annual Knoxville Nationals but still will be playing host to a 360 Nationals event Aug. 6-8 from World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Series on Aug. 13-15.