It was all Sage Karam at the front of the pack in Saturday’s American Red Cross Grand Prix, the opening round of the IndyCar iRacing Challenge from Watkins Glen International. Save for a couple of pit stops, the Dreyer & Reinbold Racing driver and longtime iRacer nearly led all 45 laps to score a relatively comfortable victory over Chip Ganassi Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist. Team Penske’s Will Power completed the podium.

25 drivers attempted to take on the full Watkins Glen layout, which last appeared on the real-world NTT IndyCar Series schedule in 2017. However, as real-world racers attempted to adjust to the popular road course’s digital counterpart, only seven were able to complete every lap of the event—and many big names suffered incidents along the way.

In the end, however, all four Team Penske drivers managed to take home lead lap finishes, as did Oliver Askew, who made his virtual Arrow McLaren SP debut with a strong fifth place finish. Askew and Pato O’Ward were nearly joined in today’s event by Robert Wickens, but delays in shipping necessary equipment will delay the Canadian’s return to action until next week’s event at Barber Motorsports Park. The other big-name guest driver, seven-time NASCAR Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson, suffered a pair of incidents during the event and ended up 16th.

American Red Cross Grand Prix Results

Full results from Saturday’s IndyCar iRacing Challenge event at Watkins Glen International are as follows:

Fin.

St.

No.

Driver

Team

Manufacturer

Laps

Led

Interval

Best

1 1 24 Sage Karam Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Chevrolet 45 43 0 1:25.671
2 2 10 Felix Rosenqvist Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 45 0 -3.618 1:26.066
3 3 12 Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet 45 2 -11.416 1:25.623
4 7 2 Scott T McLaughlin Team Penske Chevrolet 45 0 -47.922 1:26.477
5 5 7 Oliver Askew Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet 45 0 -50.435 1:26.548
6 8 22 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Chevrolet 45 0 -1:22.711 1:26.291
7 9 1 Josef Newgarden Team Penske Chevrolet 45 0 -1:26.439 1:26.333
8 21 18 Santino Ferrucci Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan Honda 44 0 -1 L 1:27.353
9 11 28 Kyle Kirkwood Andretti Autosport Honda 44 0 -1 L 1:27.189
10 23 20 Conor Daly Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet 44 0 -1 L 1:28.060
11 17 41 Dalton Kellett AJ Foyt Enterprises Chevrolet 44 0 -1 L 1:27.515
12 16 11 Kyle Kaiser Juncos Racing Chevrolet 44 0 -1 L 1:27.932
13 18 5 Patricio OWard Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet 43 0 -2 L 1:27.164
14 12 15 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda 43 0 -2 L 1:26.983
15 14 59 Felipe Nasr Carlin Chevrolet 43 0 -2 L 1:26.188
16 19 48 Jimmie Johnson Jimmie Johnson Racing Chevrolet 43 0 -2 L 1:28.195
17 10 27 Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Honda 42 0 -3 L 1:27.110
18 15 8 Marcus Ericsson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 40 0 -5 L 1:26.671
19 24 26 Zach Veach Andretti Autosport Honda 40 0 -5 L 1:27.200
20 6 55 Alex Palou Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh Honda 37 0 -8 L 1:26.406
21 4 98 Scott Speed Andretti Autosport Honda 21 0 -24 L 1:26.420
22 22 88 Colton Herta Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport Honda 10 0 -35 L 1:27.145
23 13 4 Sebastien Bourdais AJ Foyt Enterprises Chevrolet 8 0 -37 L 1:27.559
24 20 14 Tony Kanaan AJ Foyt Enterprises Chevrolet 2 0 -43 L
25 25 29 James Hinchcliffe Andretti Autosport Honda 0 0 -45 L

 

The IndyCar iRacing Challenge resumes on Saturday, April 4 at 4PM ET from Barber Motorsports Park. Once again, the event can be streamed at IndyCar.com and across IndyCar’s social media channels. For more information on iRacing and for special offers, visit www.iracing.com.

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