Final (unofficial) IndyCar iRacing points: Scott McLaughlin ranks first

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A “rookie” unofficially won the IndyCar iRacing Challenge “championship.”

Though the NTT IndyCar Series didn’t keep official points, Scott McLaughlin scored the most points (213) during six virtual races under the scoring system used for real-world races.

The two-time Supercars champion, who has yet to make his IndyCar debut for Team Penske, scored victories at Barber Motorsports Park and the finale at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and top fives in three other races.

He finished 18 points ahead of teammate Will Power, who went winless in the series but led 103 laps.

Simon Pagenaud, who won at Michigan and Twin Motegi, made it a sweep of the top three in the points standings for Penske.

Pagenaud and Power had been tied for the points lead entering Indy, but both finished outside the top 10 in the finale.

INDYCAR iRACING CHALLENGE POINTS STANDINGS

Here are the final IndyCar iRacing Challenge standings after six races:

1. Scott McLaughlin (R) – 213
2. Will Power – 195
3. Simon Pagenaud – 182
4. Felix Rosenqvist – 151
5. Santino Ferrucci – 138
6. Sage Karam – 120
7. Graham Rahal – 113
8. Conor Daly – 108
9. Marcus Ericsson – 107
10. Pato O’Ward (R) – 104
11. Alex Palou (R) – 100
12. Scott Dixon – 99
13. Oliver Askew (R) – 98
13. Josef Newgarden – 98
15. Zach Veach – 96
16. Jack Harvey – 88
17. Alexander Rossi – 86
18. Dalton Kellett (R) – 80
19. Sebastien Bourdais – 79
20. Colton Herta – 73
21. Ryan Hunter-Reay – 70
22. Robert Wickens – 66
23. Lando Norris (R) – 64
24. Scott Speed (R) – 61
25. Ed Carpenter – 60
26. Felipe Nasr (R) – 57
27. Kyle Kaiser – 55
29. Tony Kanaan – 40
30. Rinus VeeKay (R) – 39
31. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (R) – 35
32. Kyle Kirkwood (R) – 32
32. Jimmie Johnson (R) – 32
32. James Hinchcliffe – 32
35. Takuma Sato – 28
36. James Davison – 27
37. Max Chilton – 26
38. Marco Andretti – 23
39. Helio Castroneves – 19
40. Kyle Busch (R) – 17
41. RC Enerson (R) – 10
41. Chaz Mostert – 10
43. Stefan Wilson (R) – 5
43. Spencer Pigot – 5

Points Earned at Watkins Glen:

1. Sage Karam – 54 (+1 for winning pole, +1 for leading a lap, +2 for leading the most laps)
2. Felix Rosenqvist – 40
3. Will Power – 36 (+ 1 for leading a lap)
4. Scott McLaughlin – 32
5. Oliver Askew – 30
6. Simon Pagenaud – 28
7. Josef Newgarden – 26
8. Santino Ferucci – 24
9. Kyle Kirkwood – 22
10. Conor Daly – 20
11. Dalton Kellett – 19
12. Kyle Kaiser – 18
13. Pato O’Ward – 17
14. Graham Rahal – 16
15. Felipe Nasr – 15
16. Jimmie Johnson – 14
17. Alexander Rossi – 13
18. Marcus Ericsson – 12
19. Zach Veach – 11
20. Alex Palou – 10
21. Scott Speed – 9
22. Colton Herta – 8
23. Sebastien Bourdais – 7
24. Tony Kanaan – 6
25. James Hinchcliffe – 0 (Did not start)

Points earned at Barber:

1. Scott McGlaughlin – 51 (+1 for leading a lap)
2. Will Power – 40
3. Scott Speed – 36 (+1 for leading a lap)
4. Alex Palou – 32
5. Simon Pagenaud – 30
6. Felix Rosenqvist – 29 (+1 for leading a lap)
7. Colton Herta – 26
8. Robert Wickens – 24
9. Josef Newgarden – 22
10. Santino Ferucci – 20
11. Dalton Kellett – 19
12. Jimmie Johnson – 18
13. Sebastien Bourdais – 17
14. Graham Rahal – 16
15. Oliver Askew – 15
16. Scott Dixon – 14
17. James Hinchcliffe – 13
18. Ed Carpenter – 12
19. Zach Veach – 11
20. Kyle Kirkwood – 10
21. Kyle Kaiser – 9
22. Alexander Rossi – 8
23. Conor Daly – 7
24. Pato O’Ward – 6
25. Marcus Ericsson – 5
26. Tony Kanaan – 5
27. Sage Karam – 9 (+1 for winning pole, +1 for leading a lap, +2 for leading the most laps)
28. Jack Harvey – 5
29. Felipe Nasr – 5

Points earned at Michigan:

1. Simon Pagenaud – 51 (+1 for leading a lap)
2. Scott McLaughlin – 40
3. Dale Earnhardt Jr – 35
4. Will Power – 33 (+1 for leading a lap)
5. Graham Rahal – 30
6. Jack Harvey – 28
7. Alexander Rossi – 27 (+1 for leading a lap)
8. Ryan Hunter-Reay – 25 (+1 for leading a lap)
9. Ed Carpenter – 22
10. Alex Palou – 21 (+1 for leading a lap)
11. Zach Veach – 20 (+1 for leading a lap)
12. Kyle Kaiser – 18
13. Conor Daly – 17
14. Sage Karam – 19 (+1 for leading a lap, +2 for leading the most laps)
15. James Davison – 15
16. Dalton Kellett – 14
17. Felipe Nasr – 14 (+1 for leading a lap)
18. Tony Kanaan – 12
19. Marcus Ericsson – 13 (+1 for leading a lap, +1 for winning pole)
20. Sebastien Bourdais – 10
21. Felix Rosenqvist – 9
22. James Hinchcliffe – 8
23. Santino Ferucci – 7
24. Josef Newgarden – 6
25. Pato O’Ward – 5
26. Robert Wickens – 5
27. Max Chilton – 5
28. Colton Herta – 5
29. Marco Andretti – 5
30. Scott Dixon – 5
31. Oliver Askew – 5

Points earned at Motegi:

1. Simon Pagenuad – 51 (+1 for leading a lap)
2. Scott Dixon – 41 (+1 for leading a lap)
3. Will Power – 38 (+1 for leading a lap, +2 for leading the most laps)
4. Marcus Ericsson – 33 (+1 for leading a lap)
5. Robert Wickens – 32 (+1 for leading a lap, +1 for winning pole)
6. Jack Harvey – 29 (+1 for leading a lap)
7. Sage Karam – 27 (+1 for leading a lap)
8. Zach Veach – 25 (+1 for leading a lap)
9. Santino Ferrucci – 22
10. Graham Rahal – 20
11. Conor Daly – 19
12. Takuma Sato – 18
13. Kyle Busch – 17
14. Felix Rosenqvist – 16
15. Josef Newgarden – 16 (+1 for leading a lap)
16. Ryan Hunter-Reay – 14
17. Ed Carpenter – 13
18. Colton Herta – 12
19. Dalton Kellett – 11
20. Sebastien Bourdais – 10
21. Oliver Askew – 10 (+1 for leading a lap)
22. Alex Palou – 8
23. Rinus VeeKay – 7
24. Scott McLaughlin – 6
25. Marco Andretti – 5
26. Pato O’Ward – 5
27. Kyle Kaiser – 5
28. Alexander Rossi – 5
29. Helio Castroneves – 5
30. Tony Kanaan – 5
31. Felipe Nasr – 5
32. Max Chilton – 5
33. James Hinchcliffe – 0 (Did not start)

Points earned at COTA:

1. Lando Norris – 54 (50 +4 for pole, lap led, most laps led)
2. Pato O’Ward – 41 (+1 for lap led)
3. Felix Rosenqvist – 35
4. Scott McLaughlin – 32
5. Santino Ferrucci – 30
6. Will Power – 29 (+1 lap led)
7. Rinus VeeKay – 26
8. Marcus Ericsson – 24
9. Alex Palou – 23 (+1 lap led)
10. Josef Newgarden – 20
11. Scott Dixon – 19
12. Felipe Nasr – 18
13. Colton Herta – 17
14. Simon Pagenuad – 16
15. Alexander Rossi – 15
16. Jack Harvey – 14
17. Graham Rahal – 13
18. Dalton Kellett – 12
19. James Hinchcliffe – 11
20. Chaz Mostert – 10
21. Max Chilton – 9
22. Ed Carpenter – 8
23. Tony Kanaan – 7
24. Sebastien Bourdais – 6
25. Spencer Pigot – 5
26. Zach Veach – 5
27. Kyle Kaiser – 5
28. Oliver Askew – 5
29. Conor Daly – 5
30. Takuma Sato – 5
31. Ryan Hunter-Reay – 5
32. Robert Wickens – 5
33. Sage Karam – 5

Points earned at Indianapolis:

1. Scott McLaughlin – 52 (+2 for pole, lap led)
2. Conor Daly – 40
3. Santino Ferrucci – 35
4. Oliver Askew – 33 (+1 for lap led)
5. Pato O’Ward – 30
6. Sebastien Bourdais– 29 (+1 lap led)
7. Ryan Hunter-Reay– 26
8. Zach Veach– 24
9. Felix Rosenqvist – 22
10. Scott Dixon– 20
11. Marcus Ericsson– 20 (+1 lap led)
12. Alexander Rossi– 18
13. Graham Rahal– 18 (+1 lap led)
14. Will Power– 19 (+3 lap led, most laps led)
15. Scott Speed – 16 (+1 lap led)
16. Helio Castroneves– 14
17. Marco Andretti – 13
18. Jack Harvey– 12
19. James Davison – 12 (+1 lap led)
20. RC Enerson – 10
21. Lando Norris– 10 (+1 lap led)
22. Josef Newgarden– 8
23. Max Chilton– 7
24. Rinus VeeKay – 6
25. Simon Pagenaud – 6 (+1 lap led)
26. Alex Palou – 6 (+1 lap led)
27. Sage Karam – 6 (+1 lap led)
28. Ed Carpenter – 5
29. Stefan Wilson — 5
30. Takuma Sato – 5
31. Dalton Kellett – 5
32. Colton Herta – 5
33. Tony Kanaan – 5

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR STANDINGS

IndyCar’s Rookie of the Year Award is presented to the top finishing rookie in the series standings. Here are what the current standings would be for iRacing Challenge :

1. Scott McLaughlin – 213
2. Pato O’Ward – 107
3. Alex Palou – 100
4. Oliver Askew – 98
5. Dalton Kellett – 80
6. Lando Norris – 64
7. Scott Speed – 61
8. Felipe Nasr – 57
9. Rinus VeeKay – 39
10. Dale Earnhardt Jr – 35
11. Kyle Kirkwood – 32
11. Jimmie Johnson – 32
13. Kyle Busch – 17
14. R.C. Enerson – 10
14. Chaz Mostert – 10
15. Stefan Wilson – 5

For the driver’s championship, IndyCar tallies points based on each driver’s finishing position, with the most points being awarded for finishing first. Additional points can be earned for winning the pole position (one additional point), leading at least one lap (only one bonus point will be rewarded regardless of how many laps a driver leads), and leading the most laps (two additional points).

Here’s a breakdown of how points are earned based on finishing position:

 

Jo Shimoda joins Seth Hammaker, Austin Forkner on injured list; Musquin remains out

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Bad news continues to come out of the Monster Energy / Pro Circuit Kawasaki team as they announced Jo Shimoda injured his shoulder in a practice session and will not mount up when the Monster Energy Supercross 250 East division opens in Houston, Texas on February 4. A timetable has not been given for Shimoda’s return, but a press release from the team references multiple weeks.

“I’m doing my best to focus forward on my return to racing,” said Shimoda in the release. “Our goal was to compete for the 250 Supercross Eastern Regional Championship and I know we had been doing the right work to make that happen. Unfortunately, this crash will cause me to miss the start of the season, but I still aim to be back on the track racing for wins before the end of Supercross.”

Shimoda is joined on the sidelines by teammates Seth Hammaker and Austin Forkner, who also suffered injuries in recent weeks.

The news of Hammaker’s sidelining came just two days ago. His wrist injury is sufficient to require surgery, so he too will miss multiple weeks. Hammaker was scheduled to compete in the 250 East division alongside Shimoda.

Forkner was involved in a Lap 1 crash in the 250 West season opener at Anaheim. Multiple injuries, including an ACL tear, will sideline him for the remainder of the season. He described the injury and its aftermath on Instagram.

Forkner will be relieved by Carson Mumford, but not before that rider’s wrist has healed sufficiently. He is scheduled to debut with Kawasaki in Oakland for the rescheduled Round 2 Supercross race on February 18.

Shimoda finished fourth in the 2022 Supercross 250 West division and was second in 2021 points in 250 East. In 2021, Shimoda won his first Supercross race at Salt Lake City. Last year, he scored one podium and six top-fives in nine starts.

Shimoda finished second in last year’s outdoor Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season, where he added two more SuperMotocross wins including the Unadilla Nationals that kicked off a four-race streak of first- or second-place results.

Kawasaki is not the only team facing injury. Red Bull KTM initially reported Marvin Musquin would be out for the San Diego round with a wrist injury and “maybe more”. This week it was announced he will miss this week’s Triple Crown race in Anaheim and “at least the next several rounds.”