NBC Sports Presents INDYCAR iRacing Challenge from Virtual Barber Motorsports Park
Saturday on NBCSN at 2:30 p.m. ET
Inaugural Presentation of INDYCAR iRacing Challenge on NBCSN
NBC Sports INDYCAR Commentary Team of Leigh Diffey, Paul Tracy and Townsend Bell Will Call Saturday's Event
Event to Stream on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports App
NBC Sports presents the INDYCAR iRacing Challenge, a live, virtual racing event featuring a field of NTT INDYCAR SERIES drivers, this Saturday with the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at the virtual Barber Motorsports Park live at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. The event will mark the inaugural INDYCAR iRacing event to appear on NBCSN.
More than two dozen INDYCAR drivers are expected to compete in this weekend's INDYCAR iRacing Challenge, including five-time series champion Scott Dixon, two-time and reigning series champion Josef Newgarden, and 2019 Indianapolis 500 winner Simon Pagenaud. Last Saturday, 2013 Indy Lights champion Sage Karam won the inaugural INDYCAR iRacing Challenge American Red Cross Grand Prix at the virtual Watkins Glen International.
NBC Sports' lead INDYCAR broadcast team of Leigh Diffey (play-by-play), Paul Tracy (analyst), and Townsend Bell (analyst) will call the action.
This marks the latest collaboration between NBC Sports and iRacing, which began in 2019 when NBC Sports telecast the first-ever eNASCAR live event on television. NBC Sports and iRacing teamed up to present the 2019 eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Championship in a two-hour event live on NBCSN last October.
Event #1: The American Red Cross Grand Prix at Watkins Glen International
INDIANAPOLIS (March 27, 2020) - The INDYCAR iRacing Challenge, a virtual racing event featuring a full field of NTT INDYCAR SERIES drivers, begins this weekend with Saturday's American Red Cross Grand Prix at Watkins Glen International beginning at 4 p.m. ET.
The event, which will last approximately 90 minutes, will be streamed through INDYCAR.com while INDYCAR's YouTube and Facebook platforms as well as iRacing's Twitch will serve as additional outlets for viewing. The NBC broadcasting team of Leigh Diffey, Townsend Bell and Paul Tracy will be calling the action. The pre-race activities will be highlighted by iconic national anthem singer Jim Cornelison adding his voice as he has for the past three Indianapolis 500s.
The entry list of 25 drivers includes series champions Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud, Will Power, Sebastien Bourdais, Tony Kanaan, four Indianapolis 500 winners and collectively has registered 140 series victories. The Team Penske trio of Newgarden, Pagenaud and Power, along with the A.J. Foyt Racing duo of Bourdais and Kanaan, have combined for nine series championships led by Bourdais' four and two by Newgarden.
If that wasn't enough talent, a driver with a record-tying seven NASCAR Cup Series crowns - Jimmie Johnson - will join the virtual race as a "special guest" entrant.
The American Red Cross Grand Prix is the first of six events to be held weekly each Saturday through May 2. The opening event will be followed by others at Barber Motorsports Park (April 4), a "Driver's Choice" track (April 11), a "Random Draw" track (April 18), Circuit of The Americas (April 25) and a non-INDYCAR "Dream" track (May 2).
Fan Vote: Live Bracket
Thursday, March 26: Final Round
After six days of voting, we've now reached the pinnacle of the Fan Vote for the INDYCAR iRacing Challenge. On one side, representing the road courses, is the full course of Watkins Glen International. On the other, representing the ovals tracks, is Michigan International Speedway. Two will enter, one will reign supreme. It's time for the fans to decide ... which of these two prestigious tracks will our drivers take on this Saturday, March 28th at 4 p.m. ET?
Wednesday, March 25: Semifinal 2
Our second INDYCAR iRacing Challenge semifinal brought the speed with two of the fastest ovals on the planet. It's Michigan International Speedway paired up against its twin sister track, Auto Club Speedway. In the end, the Irish eyes were smiling in the Irish Hills region of Michigan, as MIS swept all three polls and moves onto the final round!
Tuesday, March 24: Semifinal 1
Our first INDYCAR iRacing Challenge semifinal took it on the road, as the full course at Watkins Glen International matched up against Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. While the famed island circuit in Quebec and current home of Forumula 1's Canadian Grand Prix took down Sebring earlier in the week, Watkins Glen gave Montreal "the boot" in convincing fashion across all three voting platforms. Watkins Glen moves onto the final fan vote starting Thursday morning!
Monday, March 23: Round 1
Our final Round 1 matchup put the Far East against the Far West, as Japan's Twin Ring Motegi went toe-to-toe against Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. INDYCAR.com had it for Auto Club by 41 votes. Twitter had it for Motegi by 92 votes. As for Instagram ..... Auto Club wins by 489 votes! Not quite what we'd call a landslide, but the voice of the fan is clear ... Auto Club Speedway moves onto the semifinals!
Sunday, March 22: Round 1
The our third track matchup featured two completely different style road courses from two different countries. In the US vs. Canada showdown, Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve gets the fan vote over Sebring Raceway, moving the picturesque track onto the semifinals!
Saturday, March 21: Round 1
The second track matchup put two beloved Midwestern ovals head-to-head. While the Milwaukee Mile narrowly won the general election on INDYCAR.com and on Twitter, it was Michigan that dominated the Instagram vote by over 700, turning the tight battle close battle into victory. Michigan International Speedway moves onto the semifinals!
Friday, March 20: Round 1
In a battle of two world-class road courses going head-to-head in an East vs. West matchup, Watkins Glen International emerges victorious over Sonoma Raceway and moves on to the semifinals.