By: Tanner Watkins
April 2, 2020 | 12:30 PM
An entry list of 29 drivers has been released for the second round of the INDYCAR iRacing Challenge. The Honda Grand Prix of Alabama presented by AmFirst will be held on iRacing’s version of Barber Motorsports Park, and aired live by NBCSN on Saturday.
Last weekend’s opening round of action saw Dreyer & Reinbold Racing’s Sage Karam lead all but a few laps in a dominant victory at Watkins Glen International. For this weekend’s race, a handful of new challengers will join the fray to challenge the maiden winner.
Five-time NTT IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon will take to the grid on Saturday, as will Ed Carpenter – a rare road course appearance for the oval specialist.
Another notable add for this weekend’s sim race? Arrow McLaren SP driver Robert Wickens.
Wickens, with help from the Bettenhausen family and Max Papis, nearly made his sim racing debut last week at Watkins Glen. In a last-second dash to set him up with a completely hand-controlled sim racing rig, the postal service was the only hurdle the group couldn’t overcome.
This week, Wickens is in line for a start a Barber Motorsports Park, joining Arrow McLaren SP teammates Patricio O’Ward and Oliver Askew in a three-car stable.
To put things into perspective, here is a look at the talented field’s credentials: Six IndyCar Series champions, a seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion in Jimmie Johnson, reigning V8 SuperCars champ Scott McLaughlin, 11 former IndyCar winners, and a cumulative five Indianapolis 500 victories.
Fans can catch all of those stars, plus other IndyCar regulars, live on NBCSN for the first INDYCAR sim racing telecast in the sport’s history. Coverage will begin on Saturday at 2:30 PM Eastern, and the race is expected to last approximately 90 minutes.
Header image by Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR.