Auto Nation Challenge- Spinning a Victory Tale

Photo: Lando Norris leads Will Power early in the race. Photo courtesy iRacing and Indycar

Some quick thoughts on today’s iRace:

If only real racing could be that good. That was a fun race to watch with lots of drama.

I think Lando Norris has the hang of this iRacing thing. That was an incredible performance. His first stint was impressive, but coming back to win after spinning at the halfway point was even more impressive. I think Norris would do well in an actual Indycar

Pato O’Ward does well at COTA in real life and simulation. He had a great battle with Norris at the end.

It was nice to see a 1-2 finish for Arrow McLaren SP. Might we see that in real life in the next couple of years?

This was the first iRacing podium with no Team Penske driver. Will Power wasn’t able to recover after his spin  like Norris did.

Alex Palou will be in the conversation many weekends when actual racing gets started.

Today’s podium has a total of less than two full seasons of actual Indycar experience. There is a difference between sim and real life.

Those keeping points have Simon Pagenaud and Power tied heading into the final race at 176. Pagenaud holds the tie breaker on wins. Is next week a double points race?

The final race of this series will at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. I have mixed feelings about this. It may be the only IMS action we see this year, so I’ll take it. I thought the final track was supposed to be a non Indycar track. I do see why they put it at IMS. Next Saturday will be May 2. This is a way to keep the relevance of May alive.

Next Saturday I might have to have breakfast at virtual Charlie Brown’s.

Official results:




From earlier: Homecoming- A Trip to IMS