IndyCar has announced a second season of its INDYCAR iRacing Challenge, featuring NTT IndyCar Series drivers, which will start Thursday, March 18.
The virtual series made its debut last spring during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, it’s set to build up to the series’ 2021 opener on Sunday, April 18 at Barber Motorsports Park.
Each race will be streamed live on IndyCar.com, along with the series’ YouTube channel and Facebook page, and iRacing’s YouTube channel. Secondary channels also will be available from NTT IndyCar Series drivers’ personal accounts.
“The first season of the INDYCAR iRacing Challenge definitely filled a competitive void that our drivers were missing last spring,” said IndyCar Vice President of Marketing SJ Luedtke. “It captured many entertaining moments and helped set the stage for the return to competition on the track in real life. Season 2 will undoubtedly double down on those fun, colorful moments highlighting the personalities of our athletes and get our fans ready for the green flag on our 2021 season in Birmingham, Alabama.”
The three-race series will feature virtual races Thursday, March 18 at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve road course in Montreal; Thursday, March 25 on the Homestead-Miami Speedway oval; and Thursday, April 1 on a fan-voted track. Fans can vote from March 12-15 for the site of the finale via IndyCar’s social channels.
IndyCar drivers set to complete include two-time series champion Josef Newgarden and series champions and Indianapolis 500 winners Ryan Hunter-Reay, Simon Pagenaud and Will Power. Also planning to compete are two-time and reigning Indy 500 champion Takuma Sato, 2019 series Rookie of the Year Felix Rosenqvist, race winners Graham Rahal and Ed Carpenter, young stars Pato O’Ward and Alex Palou, and fan favorite Conor Daly. Other notable participants include three-time Australian V8 Supercars champion Scott McLaughlin and Formula 1 veteran Romain Grosjean, both racing this season in IndyCar.
One entry each week also will feature a driver from the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires.
Live streaming of each INDYCAR iRacing Challenge Season 2 event will begin at 6:30 p.m. ET. Teams can design car liveries to match their 2021 NTT IndyCar Series paint schemes. Team strategists and engineers also may participate in support of their driver.
An entry list of the drivers participating in each event will be announced each week.