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Racing Notebook – Thursday, April 2: NASCAR Delays Next Gen Car Plus More Drivers For INDYCAR iRacing Challenge and more

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PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – NASCAR holds off on their next generation car until 2022 plus more drivers in this week’s INDYCAR iRacing Challenge and the World of Outlaws goes iRacing.

NASCAR Delays Debut Of Next Generation Race Car:

  • NASCAR is delaying the debut of their next generation race car until the 2022 season.  NASCAR released a statement from John Probst, the NASCAR Senior Vice President of Racing Innovation Thursday afternoon that says: “Due to challenges related to the coronavirus pandemic, the debut of the Next Gen car will be delayed until 2022. The decision was made in collaboration with the OEMs and team owners. We will continue to develop the Next Gen car, and a revised testing timeline will be shared when more information is available.”
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29-Drivers Entered in Race 2 of INDYCAR iRacing Challenge:

  • A larger field of INDYCAR drivers are entering Round 2 of the INDYCAR iRacing Challenge.  29-drivers are taking part in this Saturday’s race at virtual Barber Motorsports Park.  New additions include 2018 NTT INDYCAR SERIES Rookie of the Year Robert Wickens (No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet), five-time series champion Scott Dixon (No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda), three-time Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge pole winner Ed Carpenter (No. 21 SONAX Chevrolet) and Jack Harvey (No. 60 AutoNation/Sirius XM Honda).  Sage Karam (No. 24 Wix Filters Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Chevrolet) led 43-of-45-laps en route to victory in Round 1 from virtual Watkins Glen International.  NBCSN will broadcast the event live.  Check out the complete entry list Barber Indy Car Entry List.

Christopher Bell And Trent Ivey Win World of Outlaws iRacing Events:

  • Christopher Bell picked up with victory in the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series iRacing event from The virtual Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  Kevin Swindell finished second and Logan Schuchart finished third.  Trent Ivey picked up the win in the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series main event.  Kaeden Cornell finished second with Mike McKinney finishing third.

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Racing Notebook – Friday, May 8: Lernerville Postpones Opening Night again, plus PA Red-Flags Selinsgrove and more.

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SARVER, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Lernerville Speedway has canceled their season opener…again and Selinsgrove Speedway’s hope to reopen gets the red flag from Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s “Stay-at-home” order plus the World of Outlaws gets ready for some invitation-only fun in Knoxville.

Lernerville Postpones Opening Night…..again:

  • Lernerville Speedway has postponed opening night, again, due to COVID-19.  The original opening night of April 24th was pushed back to May 8, but Butler County was not on Governor Wolf’s initial list of counties scheduled to “reopen” under the State’s “Yellow” designation and series of protocols. Lernerville remains committed to starting the 2020 season as soon as the Governor reopens the County and allows the track to safely provide for the drivers, teams and track employees.  Opening night at Lernerville could take place as early as Friday, May 15.  The Tomson family and Phil DiLucente are deferring “Pad the Purse” monies from April 24 and May 8 to special Fab4 events on the 2020 schedule including Opening Night, the Mid-Season Championships, Christmas in July and Championship Night.

Selinsgrove Speedway Shown The Red Flag:

  • Selinsgrove Speedway’s hope to re-open this weekend was quashed by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s office.  The track went about their business about hosting an event without fans but even that caught the attention of Harrisburg.  Here’s what the tracks Twitter account had to say Friday afternoon.
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World of Outlaws Sprint Cars Roll Into Knoxville:

  • The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series rolled into Knoxville this afternoon for the World of Outlaws’ official “Return to Racing” with a “Behind Closed Doors” event at the “Sprint Car Capital of the World.” The $10,000-to-win Invitational presented by McKay Insurance will see 48 of the most elite Sprint Car drivers in the world, including reigning Series champion Brad Sweet, 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz, 2019 Knoxville Nationals winner David Gravel as well as team owners Kyle Larson and Kasey Kahne.

 

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Racing Notebook – Tuesday, May 5: All Stars Postpone More Races Due To COVID-19

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PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The Ollies Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions postpones more events due to COVID-19 plus the Tire Rack Road-to-Indy iRacing Series starts tomorrow and more in Tuesday’s Racing Notebook.

All Stars Postpone Indiana and Michigan Events:

  • The Ollies Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions Presented by Mobil 1 are postponing event in Indiana and Michigan because of COVID-19.  Visits to I-96 Speedway, Gas City Speedway and Kokomo Speedway scheduled for May 15-17 have been postponed.  Series and track officials are working together to find suitable make-up dates.  All Star and track officials will continue to monitor the federal and state recommendations surrounding the phased reopening of the economy.
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Tire Rack Road to Indy iRacing eSeries Starts Tomorrow:

  • The Tire Rack Road to Indy iRacing eSeries kicks off tomorrow at virtual World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway. A pair of 20-minute races at the unique, egg-shaped 1.25-mile oval will form the first of five events to comprise the TireRack.com Road to Indy iRacing eSeries Presented by Cooper Tires. The green flag for Race One will fly at 7:00 pm EDT.  The new title-chase will feature a mix of ovals and road courses. Each event will include a pair of sprint races, once again employing identically set-up Pro Mazda cars. The grid for Race One will be established during a brief qualifying session, with only the fastest 28 cars making the cut, while the top 10 race finishers will then be reversed prior to the start of Race Two.

Gordon Grabs World of Outlaws Volusia iRacing Victory:

  • Corey Gordon held on to grab the checkered flag in the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models iRacing event from virtual Volusia Speedway Park.  The victory was Gordon’s third of the series.  Ashton Winger grabbed second place from Nick Stroupe, who came home third. The iRacing action continues Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network with the “World of Outlaws: eDirt Racing Shootout” featuring the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models and the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars in another doubleheader hour of power at virtual Volusia Speedway Park.
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Racing Notebook – Friday, May 1: INDYCAR Gets Ready For Final iRacing Event plus Extreme E Update

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PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The INDYCAR iRacing Challenge wraps up this weekend at the virtual Indianapolis Motor Speedway plus Extreme E takes the lead on gender equality in motorsports and

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Final INDYCAR iRacing Event Saturday At IMS:

  • The final INDYCAR iRacing Challenge series takes place on Saturday at the virtual Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  33-drivers will take to the track in the 70-lap event including eight Indianapolis 500 winners: Scott Dixon, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Simon Pagenaud, Will Power, Tony Kanaan, Alexander Rossi, Helio Castroneves and Takuma Sato.  Three of the drivers in the 33-car field have not started an event on the real Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval: Virgin Australia Supercar champion Scott McLaughlin, Formula One standout Lando Norris (last week’s winner at Circuit of the Americas) and NTT INDYCAR SERIES rookie Alex Palou.  The Indianapolis Fire Department’s Voices of IFD will sing the National Anthem and New York City first responders will give the command to start the engines at 2:30 p.m. ET.  The event will be televised by NBCSN.

Extreme E Promoting Gender Equality:

  • The electric off-road racing series Extreme E will see teams field both a male and female driver in its races – promoting gender equality and a level playing field amongst competitors.  Teams will be composed of a male and a female driver, competing together in every two-lap race as driver and co-driver. Each will complete one lap behind the wheel of the ODYSSEY 21 electric-SUV, with a changeover incorporated into the race format.  Extreme E drivers will compete wheel-to-wheel on the same stages, in the same 550 horsepower E-SUVs, using the same bespoke all-terrain Continental tires in heats, semis and finals, taking place across the series’ five formidable environments in some of the most remote regions on the planet.
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