April 29th, 2020 by Chris Leone
One of the most fun parts of the various invitational events that have been popping up on iRacing over the past month has been the diversity of the racing backgrounds of the pros that have been competing in each event. The Subaru iRX All-Star Invitational presented by Yokohama is no exception, and with guest drivers ranging from IndyCar stars to Monster Jam champions, the iRX field may just be the most diverse of all. Here’s a look at the drivers you can see in action on Fridays:
Rally and Rallycross’ Biggest Stars
Whether it’s the high-flying jumps of Nitro Rallycross or ripping through the woods, the world’s top loose-surface drivers are all here. The American rallycross contingent is led by Subaru Motorsports USA’s Travis Pastrana, Scott Speed, and Chris Atkinson, Loenbro Motorsports’ Travis PeCoy, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing’s Conner Martell, and Cabot Bigham and James Rimmer representing DirtFish and Jim Beaver eSports. From across the pond, Monster Energy RX Cartel’s Andreas Bakkerud and Hansen Motorsport’s Kevin Hansen add international star power to the proceedings, and don’t be surprised if you see the first two iRX World Champions, Mitchell deJong and Sami-Matti Trogen, running up front.
But it’s not just rallycross drivers who are taking to the track—rally drivers are also getting adjusted to circuit racing. FIA World Rally Championship standout Craig Breen has made a huge splash in his first two rounds, making both finals and contending for the win last time out in Sonoma. Meanwhile, Pastrana’s new US rally teammate Brandon Semenuk adds to the Subaru star power himself.
IndyCar and NASCAR Crossovers
The IndyCar invasion of real-world rallycross kicked off in 2014 when Michael Andretti made his first foray into the sport, and it’s fitting that Andretti Autosport once again has two talented drivers behind the wheel in iRX in the form of Alexander Rossi and James Hinchcliffe. They’re joined by Ed Carpenter Racing’s Conor Daly and longtime Indianapolis 500 and CART standout Oriol Servia.
But NASCAR is well-represented here too, with Parker Kligerman, Garrett Smithley, and Ryan Truex all making starts so far this season. Kligerman and Smithley can often be seen running up front on FOX on Sundays in the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series, while Truex is a staple of Saturday Night Thunder action.
Action Sports and Motorsports Icons
Where else can you regularly see NHRA Funny Car champion Ron Capps, two-time Supercross champion Chad Reed, three-time Mint 400 winner Justin Lofton, X Games freestyle motocross gold medalist Blake “Bilko” Williams, Chili Bowl winner Kevin Swindell, and four-time Monster Jam Triple Threat champion Tyler Menninga hit the same track? Nowhere but iRX! All four have been knocking on the door of main event appearances and showing consistent pace behind the wheel, demonstrating the attraction of the series and adaptability of its drivers.
If that wasn’t enough to make it exciting, Pastrana and Nitro Circus have found another way to make it interesting: the Nitro Circus Star Car. A revolving door of Nitro Circus athletes, starting with Trevor Piranha, Jim DeChamp, and Gregg Duffy, have all taken turns behind the wheel so far, with more big names expected to climb in the seat in the second half of the season.
The Subaru iRX All-Star Invitational presented by Yokohama enters the second half of its season this Friday with a visit to Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, utilizing a real-world layout that debuted in 2017. The race can be streamed live on iRacing social media and competitor Facebook pages at 6PM ET/3PM PT. For more information on iRacing and for special offers, visit www.iracing.com.