McLaughlin joins all-star field for virtual IndyCar debut

Simon Chapman


Saturday 28th March, 2020 - 8:59am


McLaughlin’s virtual IndyCar pic: Team Penske eSports Twitter

While his real-world debut may be on hold, Scott McLaughlin will get his first taste of NTT IndyCar Series action this weekend in the virtual world.

The two-time Virgin Australia Supercars Championship title winner will be part of a star-studded field of 26 drivers set to contest the inaugural IndyCar iRacing Challenge.

The opening event will see current IndyCar Series drivers and a few wild card entries race on a virtual Watkins Glen International.

McLaughlin will join team-mates Josef Newgarden, Will Power and Simon Pagenaud in a four-car effort by Team Penske.

The Kiwi will carry an adapted Shell V-Power Racing Team colour scheme on his Dallara IR-18, which has recently been updated to feature the new Aeroscreen.

Other high-profile entries include ex-Formula 1 drivers Sebastien Bourdais, Marcus Ericsson, Alexander Rossi and Scott Speed. Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson will also race.

The online event will run for approximately 90 minutes and will take place at 06:00 AEDT on Sunday.

This weekend’s IndyCar iRacing Challenge is the first of six events to run through to May 2.

The race will be live-streamed for free via YouTube. McLaughlin will also stream the race via his Twitch channel. comment policy reserves the right to deny any post that is abusive or offtopic. Users are encouraged to flag/report comments which should be removed.

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