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:
Boom P1 in the Indycar Iracing Challenge! Was super cool to get out there with all the guys and be able to compete and have fun with it! Big shout out to @DRRIndyCar and @WIXFilters she looks good up front! Hope all fans enjoyed and looking forward to next week! @IndyCar @iRacing pic.twitter.com/neJIbYuLXm
— Sage Karam (@SageKaram) March 28, 2020
Felix Rosenqvist – Finished 2nd:
— CGR IndyCar (@CGRindycar) March 28, 2020
Will Power – Finished 3rd:
Good start to the @IndyCar season … 🥉🏁
— Will Power (@12WillPower) March 28, 2020
Scott McLaughlin – Finished 4th:
— Scott McLaughlin (@smclaughlin93) March 28, 2020
Oliver Askew – Finished 5th:
Wow that was fun. Hope everyone enjoyed watching!!! Sorry about the contact early on @smclaughlin93 and anyone who got caught up in it, but had a good fight there at the end. Thank you @IndyCar for putting this together, looking forward to next week! @ArrowMcLarenSP @ArrowGlobal
— Oliver Askew (@Oliver_Askew) March 28, 2020
Simon Pagenaud – Finished 6th
Wow that was hard work! Hope you guys enjoyed the @iRacing show… we recovered from an early incident to finish 6th. It was fun and an honor to bring you all some racing today! #indycar pic.twitter.com/IwE74PIf76
— Simon Pagenaud (@simonpagenaud) March 28, 2020
Josef Newgarden – Finished seventh:
— Josef Newgarden (@josefnewgarden) March 28, 2020
Conor Daly – Finished 10th:
24th or whatever last was, to 10th! Haha we’ll take that for my first ever official @iRacing event. We lost a screw in the ikea kitchen table chair I was sitting on and the cardboard box supporting my pedals collapsed. But we had a clean race! 😂 @USAFRecruiting @ECRIndy pic.twitter.com/6HAul6ppUL
— Conor Daly (@ConorDaly22) March 28, 2020
Dalton Kellett – Finished 11th:
Wow, exciting stuff! First IndyCar iRacing Challenge race is complete, brought it home P11.
— Dalton Kellett (@Dalton_Kellett) March 28, 2020
Kyle Kaiser – Finished 12th:
— Kyle Kaiser (@KyleKRacing) March 28, 2020
Pato O’Ward – Finished 13th:
Everything was going so well…. until I ran out of fuel 🤣 wing was a bit bent too☠️ had such a blast though🥳 #VirtualRace
— Pato O'Ward (@PatricioOWard) March 28, 2020
Graham Rahal – Finished 14th:
— Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (@RLLracing) March 28, 2020
Felipe Nasr – Finished 15th:
— Felipe Nasr (@FelipeNasr) March 28, 2020
Jimmie Johnson – Finished 16th (with Cup crew chief Cliff Daniels paying rapt attention):
Such a cool experience, they were amazing. I had no idea how deep the layers go in the world of sim racing. https://t.co/m80je7gtOx
— Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) March 28, 2020
Marcus Ericsson – Finished 18th:
Well that didn’t go to plan 😅. Caught up in L1 crash and then lost internet connection due to thunderstorms.. A lot for me to learn in this type of racing but I’ll practice more and give it another go next week! Well done to everyone and I hope you enjoyed it #INDYCARChallenge pic.twitter.com/R1QNDB4iFx
— Marcus Ericsson (@Ericsson_Marcus) March 28, 2020
Zach Veach – Finished 19th:
Taken out on the start and then just cruised around 5 laps down today. Thanks to everyone who watched! Also big thanks to @GabbyChaves for letting me use his sim. Hoping to have mine built mid next week to actually start practicing.
— Zach Veach (@ZachVeach) March 28, 2020
Alex Palou – Finished 20th:
Oh god 😩
Was running very quick in P4. Decided to pit to undercut the guy in front and my virtual team was not there. 😭
I f**ked the pitstop setting while driving… will be better next week! 🤓
— Alex Palou Montalbo (@AlexPalou) March 28, 2020
Sebastien Bourdais – Finished 23rd:
A bit of a shame, lots of time spent trying to prepare for this @iRacing @IndyCar event and got disqualified for not piting to fix a damaged front wing… Thanks everyone @AJFoytRacing @SwindellSpdLab and special thanks @TristanVautier for allowing me to use his simulator.
— Sébastien Bourdais (@BourdaisOnTrack) March 28, 2020
James Hinchcliffe – Finished 25th (did not start):
Just learning that my car never showed up in the game. Obviously a glitch on this side. Really sucks. Spent a lot of time getting ready for this!
— James Hinchcliffe (@Hinchtown) March 28, 2020