It’s the first race of Indycar’s iRacing Challenge Series this afternoon at 4 pm ET. The race is 45 laps at Watkins Glen. Each team is allowed two “fast repairs” pit stops. The cars settings are fixed. The lineup has been fluid.
Robert Wickens posted just a few minutes ago that he will not be participating. There was hope he would be in the race yesterday with help from Cary and Todd Bettenhausen and Max Papis, but the steering wheel will not be delivered in time. I was very much looking forward to see him in this race.
Scott Dixon is also not driving today, but Jimmie Johnson will race. Also, Scott McLaughlin is entered in the number 2 car for Team Penske.
The race today will be some relief to race starved Indycar fans. May 30 is still a long way off.
In Real Life
Scott McLaughlin will not make his actual Indycar debut in the GMR Grand Prix because of the date change. I hope he can get in a race or two when the season actually starts. The adjusted schedule may make that possibility difficult.
I’m hearing that if Detroit can’t be run in May, there is a possibility of it moving to October. Actually, the more October races the better, even when things return to normal.
Enjoy the race.