NEWS & RACES
2020.03.31What happened to Alex Palou? — American Red Cross Grand Prix
American Red Cross Grand Prix, the first round of the INDYCAR iRacing Challenge, which started at 16:00 local time on March 28th and 05:00 Japan time on March 29th, was live-streamed with NBC’s commentary team.
Alex Palor was running in P4 in the early laps, pitted early in an attempt to undercut, but for some reason, there was not virtual team crew in the pit!
Palou continued to drive and re-set up his pit stop, but was unable to change tires on his second pit stop, again causing trouble.
Alex Palou was suffering from tires’ wear out. Finally he ended up crashing and running off the track after 37 laps. Immediately afterwards, his internet connection was also interrupted, and he could only laugh at the result.
The second round of INDYCAR iRacing Challenge will be held at Barber Motorsports Park on April 4.
Everybody, do not miss it.
You can watch the first round here. ↓
2020.03.28American Red Cross Grand Prix at Watkins Glen International — INDYCAR iRacing Challenge Opening Round
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.
2020.03.27Month of May — Rescheduled
The Indianapolis 500 has been rescheduled for Sunday, Aug. 23 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, officials from INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) announced today. The official green flag timethe of the 104th edition of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” will be announced at a later date.
2020.03.24INDYCAR is going racing again, virtually that is.
INDIANAPOLIS (March 20, 2020) – INDYCAR is going racing again, virtually that is.
INDYCAR and iRacing, the world’s premier motorsports racing simulation, are partnering to currently stage six virtual races featuring a lineup of current and former NTT INDYCAR SERIES drivers and possibly some special guests beginning Saturday, March 28.
The inaugural INDYCAR iRacing Challenge race will be selected by bracket voting by fans starting today, March 20th. The opening race will be followed by Barber Motorsports Park (April 4), driver’s choice (April 11), random draw (April 18), Circuit of The Americas (April 26) and a non-INDYCAR “dream” track (May 2).
2020.03.14GMR Grand Prix at Indianapolis Road Course on 9 May will be the 2020 season-opening race.
It was announced by INDYCAR that they had made decision to cancel all NTT INDYCAR SERIES events through April, from St. Petersburg Street Circuit through COTA (Circuit of The America) in Austin.
We are all disappointed very much because of Team Goh’s 1st time challenge in open-wheel racing, but it was quite right decision since the safety of INDYCAR’s fans, participants, staff, partners, and media is the top priority.
GMR Grand Prix to take place on 9 May is supposed to be the season-opening race of NTT INDYCAR SERIES 2020 at this point of time.
2020.03.13No Spectator for Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
It was announced that Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will be closed to spectator and limited to essential personnel only. On-track session will be limited on Saturday and Sunday. Detailed schedule will be announced later.
2020.03.12Palou’s Dream Comes True as NTT INDYCAR SERIES Season Kicks Off in St. Petersburg
Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh rookie Alex Palou’s long-time dream is becoming reality this weekend at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Round 1 of the 2020 season.
Since he first started racing single-seater race cars, Palou had one vision in mind, that of racing in the NTT IndyCar Series. Now, about six years later, the 22-year-old Spaniard will be making his official series debut at the 1.8-mile, 14-turn street course in St. Petersburg.
“To be honest, I’ve never been this excited for the start of a race season. As I’ve said before, it’s a dream for me to be part of the NTT IndyCar Series and this weekend it officially comes true,” expressed Palou. “I’m ready for the season to start. It’s just a shame that we had a limited amount of time to test with the aeroscreen, but it’s the same for everyone as we head into this first race.”
“I can’t wait to discover the St. Petersburg track. I think it’s a good track to start the season at and I’m very much looking forward to getting in the car Friday morning.”
While this will be his first trip to the St. Petersburg event, Palou has some experience racing on street circuits having competed at Norising (Nuremburg, Germany), Pau (Southwestern France) and Macau (China).
Palou will be on track for the first official practice session of the season on Friday, March 13 at 10:45am ET. A second practice session will follow in the afternoon at 3:00pm ET. On Saturday, March 14, the rookie will have one final practice session ahead of that afternoon’s qualifying session which takes place at 2:40pm ET.
The 100-lap season opening round will go green at 3:30pm ET on Sunday, March 15 and will be broadcast live on NBCSN starting at 2:30pm ET.
All practice sessions and qualifying will be streamed live on the NBC Gold app with qualifying also being broadcast on tape delay on NBCSN Saturday, March 14 at 10:00pn ET.
In Japan, Sunday race will be lively broadcasted by GAORA, from 4:00am on Monday, 16 March, JP time.
2020.03.11St. Petersburg’s race week has come!
The 1st round of NTT INDYCAR SERIES 2020 will be held at St.Petersburg’s street circuit in Florida on this weekend, and it will be the 1st race as Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh as well.
Since 2009 the season-opner race of INDYCAR SERIES has taken place here with the exception of 2010.