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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.



MotoGP champion Marc Marquez has second surgery on fractured arm

MotoGP Marc Marquez second surgery
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Defending MotoGP series champion Marc Marquez underwent a second surgery Monday after a titanium plate inserted in his fractured right arm sustained damage. The Repsol Honda Team said in a statement that it’ll be two days before the recovery period is determined.

Marquez was injured during a crash in the July 19 season opener. He underwent an initial surgery July 21 in Barcelona, and doctors said there was no nerve damage.

The eight-time champion was cleared to race in the season’s second event Jerez. But Marquez decided to skip the July 26 race after experiencing discomfort while riding the No. 93 bike in a July 25 practice.

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He had planned to race in Sunday’s grand prix at the Automotodrom Brno in the Czech Republic in hopes of returning to defend his title. His status for Sunday apparently will be unclear until at least Wednesday.

In a statement Monday, the team said the titanium plate in Marquez’s right arm successfully was replaced after stress accumulation. Marquez will stay in the hospital for two days recovering.

Dr Xavier Mir, who performed the surgery at the Hospital Universitari Dexeus, said in the release that “Marc Marquez underwent surgery 13 days ago and today he returned to the operating room. The first operation was successful, what was not expected was that the plate was insufficient. An accumulation of stress in the operated area has caused the plate to suffer some damage, so today the titanium plate has been removed and replaced by a new fixation.

“The rider has not felt pain during this period. He has always followed the medical advice given and the feeling from his body. Unfortunately, an overstress has caused this issue. Now we have to wait 48 hours to understand the recovery time.”