Watkins Glen IndyCar iRacing results

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Sage Karam finished 3.6174 seconds ahead of Felix Rosenqvist to win Saturday’s American Red Cross Grand Prix, the opener of the IndyCar iRacing Challenge.

Karam led 43 of 45 laps at Watkins Glen International, yielding the lead to third-place finisher Will Power twice for two laps on pit stops.

Scott McLaughlin and Oliver Askew rounded out the top five. Seven-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, who is exploring an IndyCar debut this season, finished 16th.

WHAT DRIVERS SAID: A roundup of the postrace reaction

The race took one hour and 5 minutes to complete and was caution-free with an average speed of 138.200 mph. Power turned the fastest lap at 141.689 mph (1 minute, 25.6239 seconds) on the final circuit of the race.

Click here for the full box score from Saturday’s IndyCar iRacing event at Watkins Glen International.

Jimmie Johnson finished 16th in his No. 48 Chevrolet in the American Red Cross Grand Prix at virtual Watkins Glen International (Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

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.

‘BACK HOME AGAIN’Sunday at 2 p.m. ET, NBC

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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).