May 8th, 2020 by Chris Leone
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Only two rounds remain in the Subaru iRX All-Star Invitational presented by Yokohama campaign, including tonight’s Feeding America iRX Battle of Atlanta from Atlanta Motor Speedway. One of just two fantasy tracks on the series calendar, Atlanta has proven plenty popular with real-world rallycross drivers and crossover athletes alike after a busy week of practice and test races. Here’s a look at what to expect coming into the fifth round of the six-race season:
The Track: Atlanta Motor Speedway is one of iRacing’s most recent rallycross builds, a fantasy course carved out of the infield of the 1.5-mile tri-oval. The sport visited the track in the real world in 2013 utilizing a completely different layout on the frontstretch. Featuring a banked dirt hairpin and substantial Joker Lap, drivers will need to be careful with one of the most fun, but treacherous, tracks on the schedule.
Last Week: Sami-Matti Trogen finally snapped Mitchell deJong’s three race win streak at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, scoring the victory from the pole in his Williams Esports Subaru WRX STI. deJong finished second to continue his streak of podium finishes in every race, and Parker Kligerman completed the podium for the second time in three weeks.
Driver to Watch: Winner of the inaugural IndyCar iRacing Challenge race at Watkins Glen International, Sage Karam makes the switch from an open cockpit to a closed one to team up with Conner Martell at Dreyer & Reinbold Racing for the final two rounds of the season. Karam made five real-world rallycross starts with DRR’s Lites program last year, scoring one victory and never finishing worse than second.
Yokohama Pole Position Award: For the second week in a row, Sami-Matti Trogen was the top qualifier at Lucas Oil Raceway, taking home another custom skateboard for the Yokohama Pole Position Award. The award was handcrafted in the US by Bear Walker, who makes custom and limited edition boards with carved out grip for better traction. Visit him at bearwalker.com or @bearwalkerofficial on Instagram.
Nitro Circus Star Car: The Nitro Circus Star Car welcomes Kevin Carlisle to the driver’s seat in Indianapolis. Carlisle is an iRX World Championship veteran who earned the right to compete after winning a special Star Car Qualifier race on Tuesday, holding off fellow World Championship veteran Connor Parise in an epic battle. Follow @nitrocircus and @art_kevo on Instagram for more from this week’s race!
Feeding America iRX Battle of Atlanta Expected Entry List
|0||Kevin Carlisle||Nitro Circus Star Car|
|1||Sami-Matti Trogen||Williams Esports/Chillblast|
|2||Cabot Bigham||Jim Beaver eSports/DirtFish|
|6||Justin Lofton||Team Yokohama/FOX|
|13||Andreas Bakkerud||Monster Energy RX Cartel|
|20||Conor Daly||Ed Carpenter Racing/US Air Force|
|21||Conner Martell||Dreyer & Reinbold Racing/Alias Sport|
|22||Chad Reed||cbdMD/Mountain Motorsports/Boost Mobile|
|22||Blake “Bilko” Williams||Team Yokohama|
|24||Mitchell deJong||Coanda Simsport/Virtual Racing School|
|24||Sage Karam||Dreyer & Reinbold Racing/WIX Filters|
|27||Alexander Rossi||Andretti Autosport/NAPA/AutoNation|
|28||Ron Capps||Don Schumacher Racing/NAPA/Pennzoil|
|29||James Hinchcliffe||Andretti Autosport/Genesys|
|39||Kevin Swindell||Swindell SpeedLab/Racing Electronics/HMS|
|40||Ryan Truex||Marquis Spas and Hot Tubs|
|41||Scott Speed||Subaru Motorsports USA|
|42||Craig Breen||VRA Racing/Keltech/CJJ Motorsports|
|44||Christian Brooks||Feeding America|
|51||Garrett Smithley||Feeding America|
|55||Chris Atkinson||Team Yokohama|
|71||Kevin Hansen||Yellow Squad RX/Red Bull/Hansen|
|77||Parker Kligerman||Burton Kligerman eSports/Valvoline|
|180||Brandon Semenuk||Subaru Motorsports USA|
|199||Travis Pastrana||Subaru Motorsports USA|