The IndyCar iRacing Challenge will be heading to an oval for the second consecutive race.
Now the question becomes: Will Dale Earnhardt be joining the series again?
The NTT IndyCar Series announced Monday afternoon that virtual Twin Ring Motegi in Japan was selected as the “Random Draw” track for its fourth of six races. The event will take place this Saturday.
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Earnhardt finished third in his IndyCar iRacing Challenge debut last Saturday at Michigan International Speedway. The NASCAR on NBC analyst said he’d be interested in returning to race if the series went to an oval.
The choice of Twin Ring Motegi drew the endorsement of Michigan winner Simon Pagenaud.
Oval racing Yeeeeessss! Let’s go
— Simon Pagenaud (@simonpagenaud) April 13, 2020
The IndyCar Series last visited Twin Ring Motegi in a Sept. 18, 2011 race that was won by Scott Dixon. Between CART and IndyCar, the 1.5-mile oval played host to the U.S. series from 1998-2011. It was the site of Danica Patrick’s lone IndyCar victory in 2008.
The iRacing IndyCar Challenge’s fifth race will be held at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas. The finale will be at a yet-to-be-announced “dream track.”