Sim Racing: Drivers ready for iRacing Indianapolis 500

By: Tanner Watkins
May 18, 2019 | 11:00 AM

While it kills me to miss out on the biggest sim racing event of the year, I am more than happy to write about today’s 10th edition of the iRacing Indianapolis 500.

This afternoon, 33 drivers will hustle into Turn 1 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on iRacing in search of sim racing immortality.

The country of Brazil has shown well this year, sweeping the first four places in this week’s qualifying session and 14 of the top 33 times.

For the first time in the history of the race, a Brazilian driver is atop the leaderboard for qualifications as Marco Aurelio Brasil posted a four-lap average time of 39.088 – or 230.250 miles per hour.

Yesterday the weekend was kicked off with Adam Blocker winning the first race in anticipation of this afternoon’s broadcast race. Blocker led an impressive 77 laps to beat Henry Bennett to the line by 1.649 seconds. Christian Steele finished third to top off the podium on Friday night.

Challengers to Brazilian supremacy will be drivers like Bradley Walters, Rick Music, Brandon Traino, Henry Bennett, Kevin Ellis Jr, John Hajek-Doggett, Michele Costantini, Matt Cooke and a host of others. Anyone in the top 40 positions could make the field today and any one of those drivers could win as well.

There is a race currently underway as the undercard to today’s “feature” race. Today’s race will go green at approximately 1:00 PM Eastern and will be shown live by RaceSpotTV.

Stay tuned to Open-Wheels as we will have a race recap following the completion of today’s event, and check out our guide to the iRacing Indianapolis 500 by clicking here.

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Open-Wheels coverage of the 2019 month of May at Indianapolis is presented by Driven 2 Save Lives. Driven 2 Save Lives, an entity of the Indiana Donor Network, is a program that utilizes motorsports as a platform to encourage race fans to become organ donors. Currently, there are 114,000 individuals that are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. Register as an organ, tissue, and eye donor at Driven2SaveLives.org/register and follow Driven2SaveLives on Facebook and Twitter.

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