Sage Karam’s dominating win in the Amerucan Red Cross Grand Prix iRace at Watkins Glen yesterday was fun to watch. It provided a much needed break for Indycar fans. This was the first sim race I had watched from start to finish. I found the cars and the action to be realistic. The track, however, looked like an older version of Watkins Glen. Some of it appeared different from when I was there at the last Indycar race.
We fans needed the race to connect in a positive way for a couple of hours. Yes, the race was artificial, but we still treated it as a real race by tweeting back and forth.
The broadcast crew was a great addition. I enjoyed the replays and the side interviews with Robert Wickens and James Hinchcliffe. Maybe NBCSN can broadcast the remaining five races. Will the novelty wear off after a couple of events? Maybe fans are so starved for racing that this is sustainable.
I wonder if Karam’s experience at iRacing gives him an advantage for all the races.
The invocation and the national anthem were a nice touch.
Yesterday’s incident involving three Penske cars may be the only time we ever see that happen.
A caution flag might have been good. There were two occasions where one would have been thrown.
Seeing Watkins Glen made me miss that track even more. I hope Indycar can find a way back there.