Norris joins eight 500 winners for Indy 175 Esports race

McLaren Formula 1 rising star Lando Norris will again take part in the IndyCar iRacing Challenge when he joins the 33-car field at a virtual Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday for the season finale.

Norris, who won the last round of the Challenge, at virtual Circuit of The Americas, will again campaign a fourth Arrow McLaren SP entry for his first shot at an oval in this six-race Esports championship.

Those who have shone on ovals so far include three winners of the Indianapolis 500, so they can be expected to shine in Saturday’s race. 2019 Indy winner Simon Pagenaud captured victory at the virtual Michigan and Motegi ovals, his Team Penske-Chevrolet teammate Will Power – 2018 Indy winner – is a pacesetter in every race and is unlucky to have missed victory lane so far, while Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda’s 2008 Indy winner Scott Dixon, despite a dearth of experience in sim racing, proved remarkably adept at Motegi.

Scott McLaughlin, this weekend in a #40 Penske PIRTEK entry, beat Power to victory at virtual Barber Motorsports Park but he was caught up in the same incident as his fellow Antipodean as they dueled at Motegi so his best oval result is second behind Pagenaud at Michigan.

Aside from Pagenaud, Power and Dixon, the other five Indy 500 winners in the race – Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Helio Castroneves (this week in car #911), Takuma Sato and Tony Kanaan – all lacked sim racing experience before this Challenge started, so begin the finale as outsiders for victory. Sage Karam (first-round winner for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing-Chevy) and Felix Rosenqvist (Ganassi) are both sim experts and are therefore expected to be victory contenders.

Among the noteworthy entrants is Scott Speed, who showed well at the season’s opening round in Watkins Glen driving Marco Andretti’s #98 Andretti-Herta Autosport entry, but returns this weekend in a separate entry. RC Enerson will campaign an entry for Top Gun Racing, a foretelling of a future real-life IndyCar team, and Stefan Wilson – who led the 2018 Indy 500 in its closing stages – will also be in the field.

This Saturday’s event, the First Responder 175 presented by GMR, will start at 2.30pm (ET) and will be televised live on NBCSN. The race will be 70 laps.

Car #DriverEntryTeam/Engine
1Josef NewgardenShell V-Power Team PenskeTeam Penske-Chevrolet
4Sebastien BourdaisripKurrentA.J. Foyt Enterprises-Chevrolet
5Patricio O’WardArrow McLaren SPArrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet
6Robert WickensArrow McLaren SPArrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet
7Oliver AskewArrow McLaren SPArrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet
8Marcus EricssonHuski Chocolate Chip Ganassi RacingChip Ganassi Racing-Honda
9Scott DixonPNC BankChip Ganassi Racing-Honda
10Felix RosenqvistNTT Data Chip Ganassi RacingChip Ganassi Racing-Honda
12Will PowerVerizon Team PenskeTeam Penske-Chevrolet
14Tony KanaanABC SupplyA.J. Foyt Racing-Chevrolet
15Graham RahalUnited RentalsRahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda
18Santino FerrucciSealMasterDale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan-Honda
20Ed CarpenterRiley Children’s FoundationEd Carpenter Racing-Chevrolet
21Rinus VeeKay Ed Carpenter RacingEd Carpenter Racing-Chevrolet
22Simon PagenaudMenards Team PenskeTeam Penske-Chevrolet
24Sage KaramDRR Wix FiltersDreyer & Reinbold Racing-Chevrolet
26Zach VeachGainbridgeAndretti Autosport-Honda
27Alexander RossiAutoNation/NAPA Auto PartsAndretti Autosport-Honda
28Ryan Hunter-ReayDHLAndretti Autosport-Honda
30Takuma SatoPanasonic/KeihinRahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda
31Conor DalyU.S. Air ForceCarlin-Chevrolet
33James Davison

BYRD / Americas Best Value Inn / Tilson / E&K / OILFIRE

BYRD / Petry / Hayward / Belardi-Honda

40Scott McLaughlinPIRTEK Team PenskeTeam Penske-Chevrolet
41Dalton KellettK-Line InsulatorsA.J. Foyt Enterprises-Chevrolet
55Alex PalouDale Coyne Racing with Team GohDale Coyne Racing with Team Goh-Honda
59Max ChiltonGallagher CarlinCarlin-Chevrolet
60Jack HarveyAutoNation/Sirius XMMeyer Shank Racing-Honda
88Colton HertaCapstoneAndretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport-Honda
98Marco AndrettiOberto Circle K/CurbAndretti Herta with Marco & Curb-Agajanian-Honda
99RC EnersonHagertyTop Gun Racing
04Lando NorrisArrow McLaren SPArrow McLaren SP
911Helio CastronevesPennzoil Team PenskeTeam Penske-Chevrolet
 Stefan WilsonTBDTBD
 Scott SpeedTBDTBD

 

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