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Juan Pablo Montoya joins World of Outlaws iRacing craze

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IndyCar, Formula 1 and NASCAR star Juan Pablo Montoya will make his World of Outlaws Sprint Car series debut Wednesday. Sort of.

The winner of 15 IndyCar/CART races, seven Formula 1 races, two NASCAR Cup races and six Grand Am/IMSA races will be vying for his first Outlaws sprint car victory in Wednesday night’s Pro Invitational Series iRacing event on a virtual Knoxville Raceway.

“Ready to play in the dirt tomorrow night when I make my @WorldofOutlaws debut at the virtual Knoxville Raceway in this awesome @Snapon_Tools
sprint car,’  Montoya tweeted Tuesday.

This will mark Montoya’s first time behind the wheel of a sprint car but not his first dirt track attempt. Montoya finished 15th in the 2007 Prelude to the Dream at Eldora Speedway in a field of 26 Dirt Late Model cars.

Montoya currently competes in the IMSA Weather Tech IMSA Series, where he finished fourth in this year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona. He and teammate Dane Cameron are the defending season champions in the premier DPI class.

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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).