Thu, 28 May 2020

McLaughlin records win at iRacing Indy Car Challenge event

Field Level Media
05 Apr 2020, 11:40 GMT+10

Scott McLaughlin took the lead with six laps remaining en route to winning the iRacing Indy Car Challenge at Leeds, Ala., on Saturday.

McLaughlin's Dallara-Chevrolet passed Scott Speed to gain the lead and held off Penske teammate Will Power down the stretch to win the 45-lap (107.1 miles) virtual race at Barber Motorsports Park. The margin of victory was 0.4241 seconds.

McLaughlin, who averaged 115.276 mph, was participating from his home in Brisbane, Australia.

"It was crazy," McLaughlin said on NBC's broadcast after earning the win. "I was particularly nervous on (the Lap 15) restart (from a competition caution). The biggest thing was lapped traffic. Getting blocked. That enabled us to get that jump in the pits, because I was in clear air a long time where others weren't.

"So credit to (engineer) Jonathan (Diuguid) and his strategy. He put me out front, and I was able to just bang lap times out, which was awesome."

Speed finished in third place, with Alex Palou and Simon Pagenaud rounding out the top five.

"Felt so lucky to be on track today!" Pagenaud tweeted afterward. "It's not the real thing but it gets our blood pumping and feeds that need for competition."

Longtime NASCAR standout Jimmie Johnson finished 12th.

The next iRacing Challenge with be April 11 at Michigan International Speedway, which will be the first oval event.

--Field Level Media

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