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Marco Andretti promises IndyCar iRacing debut … at Michigan?

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IndyCar officially hasn’t announced the site of the third race in its iRacing Challenge Series, but Marco Andretti says he’ll be there.

And the third-generation driver believes it’s because the race will be at Michigan International Speedway.

Andretti tweeted a photo Saturday afternoon of the IndyCar NTT Series’ last visit to the 2-mile oval — the Aug. 5, 2007 race that Tony Kanaan won over Andretti by 0.060 seconds.

After skipping the first two races and turning the wheel of the No. 98 Dallara-Honda over to Scott Speed (who finished third at Barber Motorsports Park), an oval apparently is enticing for Andretti.

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The 33-year-old admittedly isn’t much of a simulation fan, and he isn’t alone in that regard among IndyCar veterans.

Andretti Autosport teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay also has declined to participate in the IndyCar iRacing Challenge, and Alexander Rossi and Conor Daly joked about their disdain for sim racing during Saturday’s race at Barber.

After two races on road courses, an oval might change minds. The April 11 race will feature a “Driver’s Choice” track, and Michigan apparently were among the options that drivers voted upon.

Of course, we (and some IndyCar drivers) wouldn’t mind seeing the third round being held at Talladega Superspeedway.

(Terminal velocity be damned.)

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).