Robert Wickens officially out of IndyCar iRacing at Watkins Glen

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After briefly seeming he would be able to make the opener of the IndyCar iRacing Challenge, Robert Wickens announced Saturday he is officially out.

Despite a last-scramble to provide him equipment, Wickens tweeted that his Max Papis Innovations steering wheel wouldn’t arrive in time because of a courier problem.

“I can’t thank Max Papis and Cary Bettenhausen enough for all their hard work to try (to) make this happen,” Wickens said in a statement. “I see sim racing as more than a six-race challenge with friends and competitors. I have been working with Arrow McLaren SP to continue to develop what I need to return to racing. Sim racing will be the perfect platform for that.”

RACE INFORMATION: Full details for today’s IndyCar iRacing Challenge

Wickens had put a last-minute call out Thursday night after problems acquiring simulation rig equipment, and it had seemed hopeful Friday.

The IndyCar iRacing Challenge, which will include several NTT Series stars and seven-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson racing at Watkins Glen International, will begin at 4 p.m. ET on IndyCar.com and several streaming platforms.