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A look at the iRacing rigs IndyCar drivers are using for their Challenge

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Real-life racing might be postponed for the time being, but several of IndyCar’s best drivers have been spending their time on iRacing.

The lndyCar iRacing Challenge has offered a way for drivers to “get their competitive juices flowing,” as Arrow McLaren SP rookie Oliver Askew described.

The next round of the six-race series will be held April 11 at a track to be selected by drivers.

Sage Karam won the opening round last weekend at virtual Watkins Glen International. The second race went to Team Penske’s Scott McLaughlin at Barber Motorsports Park.

Here’s a look at the various sim rigs drivers are using (including Oliver Askew’s being the newest as of Monday morning):

Robert Wickens appears to be getting accustomed to his new setup.

In his most recent YouTube vlog, Marcus Ericsson documented how he put together his own simulator.

 

 

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).