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:

 

Peacock to stream all Supercross and Motocross races in 2023, plus inaugural SuperMotocross Championship

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NBC Sports and Feld Motor Sports announced that Peacock and the NBC family of networks will stream all 31 races of the combined Monster Energy Supercross, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross and the newly created SuperMotocross World Championship beginning January 7, 2023 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California and ending October 14 in the place where Supercross was born: the Los Angeles Coliseum.

The combined series will create a 10-month calendar of events, making it one of the longest professional sports’ seasons in the United States.

The agreement is for multiple years. The season finale will air live on Peacock and the USA Network.

Peacock will present live coverage of all races, qualifying and heats across both series. The 31 total races will mark a record for the combined number of Supercross and Pro Motocross events that NBC Sports will present in a single season.

NBC, USA Network and CNBC will provide coverage of all races, including the SuperMotocross World Championship Playoffs and Final, through 2023 and beyond. For more information about the Peacock streaming service, click here.

“With our wide array of live and original motorsports offerings, Peacock is a natural home for Supercross and Pro Motocross races,” said Rick Cordella, Chief Commercial Officer, Peacock. “We’re looking forward to providing fans with an easily-accessible destination to find every race all season long, including the exciting finish with the newly formed SuperMotocross World Championship.”

MORE: A conversation about media rights created the new SuperMotocross World Championship Series

The NBC family of networks has been home to Supercross for the past several seasons and this is a continuation of that relationship. The media rights for both series expired at the end of 2022, which allowed Supercross and Motocross to combine their efforts.

In fact, it was that conversation that led to the formation of the SuperMotocross World Championship (SMX).

The SMX series will begin on September 9, 2023 after the conclusion of the Pro Motocross season. Points will accumulate from both series to seed the SMX championship, which creates a record number of unified races.

“The SuperMotocross World Championship adds a new dimension to the annual Supercross and Pro Motocross seasons that will result in crowning the ultimate World Champion,” said Stephen C. Yaros, SVP Global Media and Supercross for Feld Motor Sports. “We are thrilled to be extending our relationship with NBC Sports so our fans can watch all the racing action streaming live on Peacock and the option to also watch select rounds on NBC, USA Network and CNBC.”

Complete 2023 coverage schedules for Supercross, Pro Motocross and the SuperMotocross World Championship on Peacock, NBC, USA Network and CNBC will be announced in the near future.