IndyCar esports using iRacing

Esports: How to watch IndyCar iRacing Challenge race on TV, April 25

Virtual IndyCar by iRacing heads to the Circuit of The Americas

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A packed grid of real-world IndyCar drivers will head to the virtual Circuit of The Americas in Texas this weekend for round five of the 2020 esports challenge.

Like many other sports, and motorsport especially, IndyCar has moved online while the coronavirus lockdown pauses global competition.

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A grid of 33 drivers is expected to make an appearance at Saturday's event at the 3.4-mile, 20-turn virtual course. The format will include a 10-minute qualifying session, followed by a 32-lap race. Just one fuel stop is expected during the race.

Those drivers include five-times series champion Scott Dixon, two-time and reigning series champion Josef Newgarden, 2018 Indianapolis 500 winner Will Power, and Robert Wickens, who has turned to virtual racing while recovering from spinal cord injury suffered while racing in 2018.

There will also be a special guest in the form of McLaren Formula One driver Lando Norris, who has become an esports star in recent weeks, appearing in a range of online events while waiting for the real-world 2020 F1 season to begin.

Another guest driver will be Chaz Mostert, who won the 2014 Bathurst 1000 and will be racing in the middle of the night from his native Australia. The full entry list can be viewed here.

Like eNascar, IndyCar's online equivalent uses the iRacing video game, with drivers competing from home using their computers and race simulators.

The 32-lap race will be televised on Saturday afternoonNBCSN

When to watch the next IndyCar iRacing Challenge race:

Round five of the iRacing IndyCar will begin at 14:30 ET on Saturday, 25 April. The event includes a 10-minute qualifying session and a 32-lap race.

Where to watch the next IndyCar iRacing Challenge race:

The event will be televised live on NBCSN. The broadcasting team calling the action includes Leigh Diffey, Townsend Bell, Paul Tracy and Marty Snider.

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