Conor Daly and friends continue to laugh it up in iRacing Twitch stream

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Once again, some of the best laughs in Saturday’s IndyCar iRacing Challenge race at virtual Michigan International Speedway came from Conor Daly and a few of his fellow drivers.

For the third consecutive week, Daly streamed his point of view of the race live on his Twitch account,

Alexander Rossi and Colton Herta also joined the stream for another week, along with Ed Carpenter and James Hinchcliffe. They all provided plenty of laughs with their humourous commentary and jabs at each other throughout the race.

WINNER: Pagenaud holds off McLaughlin, Dale Jr third 

WHAT DRIVERS SAID: Postrace reactions on social media

All five drivers were communicating via a private Discord server that was synced with the stream. Below is a collection of some of the best exchanges between the five drivers:


Prior to practice

DALY (holding a drink bottle): “This G FUEL (a brand of energy drink) is probably going to make my face twitch.”

CARPENTER and HERTA: “The what?”

DALY: “I got this special juice today that might be against the banned substances list. I’m not really sure, but it’s a performance liquid.”

CARPENTER: “Oh gosh.”

HINCHCLIFFE: “I feel like a lot of what you put in your body is on the banned substance list.”

DALY: “That’s not true at all. That is so far off. I’m a rule follower.

HERTA: “Just the fact that it calls itself a performance liquid should raise a bunch of questions.”

DALY: “I don’t know about that.”


Practice

DALY: “I’m not once calling Dale Jr. ‘Dale Jr.’ all day. I’m going to call him Dale Jesus all day. I mean it’s Easter weekend.”

(As promised, Daly referred to Earnhardt as “Dale Jesus” for the remainder of the stream.)


HERTA: “Nathan, I’m going to do the time lost to pit right now if you want to time it.”

CARPENTER: “Are you going to share the time with everybody? We’ve been sharing.”

HERTA: “Well, no. Last time I listened to your strategy, I finished like ninth.”

DALY: “Well, I believe that was your best finish of the season so far.”

ROSSI: “Well, you can leave this chat if you want.”

(Herta inaudibly tries to defend himself.)

CARPENTER: “Who’s getting kicked out of the chat?”

ROSSI: “Well, Colton if he keeps talking (expletive) about your team.”

DALY: “Oh ho ho..”

HERTA: “Oof.”

CARPENTER: “I’m liking you more and more, Alexander.”

DALY: “We’re all pals now.”


Race

(Herta flips on the backstretch)

DALY: “Oh my goodness. Oh man! There is a man cartwheeling like an Olympic gymnast gold medalist. Holy crap. That was 10 out of 10.”

HERTA: “That was me. That was me.”

CARPENTER: “That was you, Colton?”

DALY: “Colton, 10 out of 10. Get the man a medal! Get the man a medal.”

HINCHCLIFFE: “He really stuck the landing.”


DALY: “At this point, this could be the most boring oval race I’ve ever been a part of, real-life or simulator. And I’ve run at the back at a lot of oval races.”


Click here to watch a full replay of the race Daly’s Twitch stream (warning: contains adult language)

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Cadillac confirms WEC driver lineup with Chip Ganassi Racing that will race Le Mans in 2023

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Cadillac and Chip Ganassi Racing announced their driver lineup for a 2023 entry in the FIA World Endurance Championship, the sports car series that includes the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The Cadillac V-LMDh entry will be driven by Earl Bamber and Alex Lynn, who were teamed on the No. 02 Cadillac that competed in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship DPi class this season and won the Twelve Hours of Sebring. The third driver will be Richard Westbrook, who will return to Ganassi after helping the team to a GT class win at Le Mans in 2018.

The team also will compete in the Rolex 24 at Daytona in the rebranded Grand Touring Prototype premier category, which is designed for crossover between the top prototypes in IMSA and WEC. Ganassi will field a second entry at Daytona with its No. 01 Cadillac that will compete full time in IMSA with Sebastien Bourdais and Renger van der Zande.

A Ganassi spokesman said the team hopes to run its second entry in the 2023 24 Hours of Le Mans but only its WEC team is confirmed (an AOC invitation would be required for the IMSA team). The team also is exploring options but currently plans to have the WEC’s team base of operations in Indianapolis.

Ganassi is the first American-based prototype team to confirm its entry in the 2023 24 Hours of Le Mans. It’s expected that Team Penske, which raced this year’s Le Mans with a full-time WEC entry in LMP2, also will race Le Mans with Porsche’s new LMDh car that is set for IMSA, but the manufacturer has yet to confirm its driver and team lineup.

Next year will mark the return of Cadillac to Le Mans for the first time since 2002.

Before joining Ganassi last year, Lynn made 28 WEC starts since 2016, winning the LMGTE Pro class at Le Mans in 2020.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to continue with Cadillac and Chip Ganassi Racing,” Lynn said in a release. “It’s a huge honor to drive for Chip in any capacity but certainly on a full factory sports car program, it’s seriously cool. Cadillac has so much heritage as a luxury North American sports car brand, so to be able to represent them is a huge privilege. I’ve had a lot of fun in my first year doing it and to continue that onto the World Endurance Championship stage is fantastic.

“For me, returning to WEC is sort of what I’ve always known and it’s a bit like going into my wheelhouse. This year in IMSA was a bit different with getting to know all-new circuits and a new style of racing so 2023 will be filled with a bit more of what I’m used to with more of a European focus. I think what’s significant about WEC is without a doubt Le Mans. As a sports car race, Le Mans is the crown jewel and everything that we want to win. To be able to take Chip Ganassi Racing and Cadillac back to Le Mans to fight for overall honors is a huge honor and that’s something that I’m going to work tirelessly to make sure we achieve.”

Bamber won the Le Mans overall in 2015 and ’17 with Porsche teams and also was a 2019 GTLM champion in IMSA.

“I am really happy to continue at Chip Ganassi Racing and Cadillac,” Bamber said in a release. “I’ve loved my first season in DPi and now to continue over into the LMDh era and WEC is super exciting. Looking forward to fighting for a world championship and another Le Mans victory.

“The World Endurance Championships gives us the opportunity to race at the world’s biggest race, which is Le Mans, the crown jewel of sports car racing. I’ve been lucky enough to win it before and it’s obviously a huge goal for Cadillac and everyone at Chip Ganassi Racing. To have that goal in sight is really exciting. It’s been great to have Alex as a teammate in 2022. We’ve been able to learn and grow together in the DPi, and we have a really good partnership going into WEC. We know each other really well and believe adding Richard will be a seamless transition.”

Said Westbrook: “After four really good years at Chip Ganassi Racing, I’ve got so many friends there and I’ve always dreamt to come back one day. It just worked so well between 2016 and 2019, and I’m delighted we found a route to come together again. I can’t wait, it’s an exciting era in sports car racing right now.

“I feel like I know Alex and Earl really well. I did Le Mans with Alex in 2020 and I’ve known him for years. It feels like I’m going back with an ex-teammate and exactly the same with Earl. Although I’ve never shared a car with Earl, we’ve always done the same sort of racing be it in WEC or in IMSA. We’ve had lots of battles, including this year in our dueling Cadillacs. We’ve always gotten along quite well, and I can say we’re going to have a great year together.”

The seven-race WEC season, which also includes a stop at Spa, will begin March 17 with the 1,000 Miles of Sebring at Sebring International Raceway in Florida.