New IndyCar video game set to launch in 2023

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The NTT IndyCar Series will return to the video game market in 2023, launching a Motorsport Games title that will be available on Xbox, PlayStation and PC.

It’ll mark the first IndyCar-branded video game in nearly 20 years and will be accompanied by new IndyCar eSports competitions that could begin later this year. During its hiatus for the COVID-19 pandemic last year, IndyCar held an iRacing Challenge series with its drivers.

“Our partnership with Motorsport Games will bring the fierce competition of the NTT IndyCar Series to a global gaming audience hungry for quality motorsports content,” Mark Miles, president and CEO, Penske Entertainment Corp., said in a statement. “Like the talent and depth of our field, IndyCar’s universe continues to expand and grow rapidly. Motorsport Games is an industry leader with a track record of innovation, and we know our fans will have 2023 and the debut of this new NTT IndyCar Series video game circled on their calendars.”

The IndyCar video game will feature its roster of stars, who have produced an unpredictable 2021 season of eight winners in 10 races.

“I am super excited our fans will be able to bring the NTT IndyCar Series into their homes with this new video game franchise,” Arrow McLaren SP driver Pato O’Ward said in a release. “This is such a great opportunity for fans to connect to our series even more, from watching us on the weekends to playing as us on their favorite tracks whenever they want.”

Motorsport Games, which falls under the Motorsport Network umbrella, also is a developer of video games involving NASCAR, 24 Hours of Le Mans and British Touring Car Championship and also has eSports alliances with Le Mans, Formula E, Rallycross and NASCAR.

“Motorsport Games and INDYCAR are thrilled to provide fans with a long-overdue dedicated gaming experience,” Dmitry Kozko, CEO of Motorsport Games, said in a release. “After decades of world-class racing, we cannot think of a more deserving league for a video game franchise. INDYCAR shares our commitment to bringing authentic experiences to motor racing enthusiasts. Fans can anticipate the NTT INDYCAR SERIES to meet the same level of excellence and immersive gameplay they expect from Motorsport Games.”

Malcolm Stewart sidelined by knee surgery for ‘extended duration’

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The knee injury that kept Malcolm Stewart from mounting up for Anaheim 2 will require surgery and he will be sidelined for “an extended duration” of the Monster Energy Supercross season, according to the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team.

“I just wanted to give you guys an update,” Stewart said on Instagram. “It’s not the news you guys want to hear, but I took a spill last week and hurt my knee pretty bad to the point that we’re going to have to get surgery done.

“I’m definitely bummed out about it; I felt we were riding pretty good and were just now starting to get the ball rolling, but it is what it is.”

Stewart’s season started with high expectations until accidents in the first two rounds left him 15th in the standings.

He ended 2022 on a high note, finishing a career high third in the Supercross standings. He then missed the start of the Pro Motocross season with another knee injury.

The 2023 season appeared to live up to his expectations. Despite back-to-back accidents, Stewart contended for podiums at both Anaheim 1 and San Diego. He won his heat at San Diego.

“It was very tough to receive the news that Malcolm will need to undergo knee surgery,” Nathan Ramsey, Team Manager for the Husqvarna team said in a press release. “He has worked so hard to be in a position to win races this year and I truly believe he was ready.

“The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing program will support him in every way that we can through his recovery and we can’t wait to get him back on track and back at the races.”

Stewart joins 250 rider Jalek Swoll on the sidelines after he broke an arm in a practice session. Swoll will be relieved by Talon Hawkins beginning this week at Houston, Texas.

A replacement rider has not been announced for Stewart, which means the focus shifts to his 450 teammate Christian Craig, who currently sits 12th in the standings with three top-15s in the opening rounds.