VIRTUAL AUSTIN, Texas — The NTT IndyCar Series held the AutoNation IndyCar Challenge at Circuit of The Americas, round five of the six-race iRacing IndyCar Challenge.
Lando Norris of McLaren’s Formula One team stunned the field Saturday, winning from the pole position over Arrow McLaren SP teammate Patricio O’Ward and Felix Rosqenqvist, who spun from the lead late in the race.
Scott McLaughlin and Santino Ferrucci rounded out the top five.
NBCSports.com normally publishes a ‘What Drivers Said’ with driver quotes from postrace interviews at real-life IndyCar and NASCAR races.
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Here’s a roundup of how drivers reacted postrace on social media Saturday — some in “interview” videos with themselves.
Lando Norris – Winner:
"I didn't think I was going to get back to the lead."@LandoNorris talked about his comeback win at @COTA in the @iRacing @IndyCar Challenge for @ArrowMcLarenSP, and his personal sim racing setup. pic.twitter.com/pdTlO2qhEI
— IndyCar on NBC (@IndyCaronNBC) April 25, 2020
Pato O’Ward, runner-up:
And thats a P2 for us @COTA 🥳🥳🥳 just didn’t quite have enough for you mate @LandoNorris impressive impressive impressive… great run team @ArrowMcLarenSP !! 1-2 finish💪🏼💪🏼
P2 para nosotros en Austin💪🏼 ¡Buena Carrera equipo ! pic.twitter.com/p1M9KZYoO1
— Pato O'Ward (@PatricioOWard) April 25, 2020
Felix Rosenqvist, third place:
Finally on the podium again! Good battle for the lead towards the end, I knew I needed to do perfect laps to keep @LandoNorris behind, it stuck for a few laps but then I was just driving way over my limits and spun. 🤪 Good fun👾 #NTTDATARacing @IndyCar @NTTDATAServices pic.twitter.com/1GNvb8hyET
— Felix Rosenqvist (@FRosenqvist) April 25, 2020
Scott McLaughlin, fourth:
— Scott McLaughlin (@smclaughlin93) April 25, 2020
Will Power, sixth:
Out throwing rocks on the lake with this little fella … pic.twitter.com/WvwlS0nCpU
— Will Power (@12WillPower) April 25, 2020
Rinus VeeKay, seventh:
— Rinus VeeKay (@rinusveekay) April 25, 2020
Simon Pagenaud, 14th:
It wasn’t my day at @COTA, & I’m wondering if it’s bc I didn’t wear a firesuit 😂 I was meant to drive @Snapon_Tools car in real life at COTA this weekend but the suit never made it to me w/ the pandemic! Had a ton of fun with you guys on the streams though, thanks for watching! pic.twitter.com/aDcsfCxFK5
— Simon Pagenaud (@simonpagenaud) April 25, 2020
Alexander Rossi, 15th:
— Alexander Rossi (@AlexanderRossi) April 25, 2020
Graham Rahal, 17th:
Things learned today: Good WiFi signal is important when iRacing and real @IndyCar racing can’t return soon enough!
— Graham Rahal (@GrahamRahal) April 25, 2020
Sebastien Bourdais, 24th:
— Sébastien Bourdais (@BourdaisOnTrack) April 25, 2020
Conor Daly, 29th:
— Conor Daly (@ConorDaly22) April 25, 2020
Sage Karam, 33rd:
This is how my day ended 🤦🏼♂️ pic.twitter.com/yPYqUzFIN4
— Sage Karam (@SageKaram) April 25, 2020