Simon Pagenaud Wins Michigan In IndyCar’s 1st Virtual Race

Simon Pagenaud played the fuel strategy game to perfection and captured the virtual Chevy 275 at Michigan International Speedway.

This iRacing challenge series sees its third round being created with the intention to give IndyCar content during the sports shutdown from the coronavirus pandemic. IndyCar’s season was suspended 48 hours before its scheduled opener.

Michigan marked the first oval track on IndyCar’s virtual schedule and reigning Indianapolis 500 winner Simon Pagenaud won the race. IndyCar has not actually raced at Michigan since 2007, and only five of the drivers in the virtual return had ever raced the track before.

“This is the most stressful I’ve ever felt in a race car,” said Pagenaud without a hint of sarcasm.

He competed wearing his actual firesuit and his wife handed him a bottle of congratulatory champagne as the Frenchman took the virtual checkered flag.

[image credit : Youtube]

 

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