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IndyCar releases streaming audience numbers from first iRacing event

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The inaugural iRacing IndyCar Challenge at Watkins Glen International drew nearly a half-million views Saturday on various streaming platforms, according to IndyCar.

The numbers, which were provided by IndyCar, reflect the total number of viewers who watched some portion of the race Saturday and not the live average viewership for the race (a metric commonly used by networks to gauge audience for programming).

According to metrics released Wednesday morning by IndyCar for the race, which was won by Sage Karam:

  • As of Saturday night, IndyCar measured 433K views on INDYCAR and iRacing’s channels.
  • The average session time for users was nearly 20 minutes during the live event.
  • By Monday, more than 600K views were totaled on INDYCAR, iRacing, and driver channels.
  • On the Fantasy Challenge driven by Firestone, the series had a similar number of players as it did entering the season opener at St. Petersburg, Florida, which was postponed because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The second round of the IndyCar iRacing Challenge will be held Saturday at 2:30 p.m., featuring a field of IndyCar drivers competing at Barber Motorsports Park.

The third race of the eNASCAR Pro Invitational Series will take place 1 p.m. Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway. Last weekend’s race at virtual Texas Motor Speedway drew 1.3 million viewers on FS1, breaking the record of 903,000 for eSports TV viewership set bv the previous week’s race.

During an episode of the NASCAR on NBC Podcast last month, Parker Kligerman disclosed that the first two races this year in the eNASCAR Coca-Cola Series (the premier iRacing series for professional racers) averaged 180,000 live viewers across its platforms with an average user time of 19 minutes.

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).