Carnage on the Virtual Track – Reflecting on the IndyCar iRacing First Responder 175

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Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more series are organising their own eSports leagues, with professional drivers participating in these virtual races. Indycar has been no exception to this, organising the INDYCAR iRacing Challenge.

Last night’s First Responder 175 was the sixth and the final round of the iRacing Challenge, a 70 lap race around the oval at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with the race being won by Scott McLaughlin for Team Penske eSports. The field featured 33 professional racing drivers, including many full-time drivers competing in the real-life Indycar Series. With a full field of professional racing drivers, competing in a professional eSports Championship, held on what arguably is the most realistic motorsports simulation ever created, disciplined and fair racing was to be expected. For the majority of the race, disciplined and fair racing was certainly demonstrated by the field. However, in the closing stages of the race, what played out on the virtual Brickyard was anything but that…

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