NBC Sports will air IndyCar's second virtual race on April 4th

04 Avril, 2020, 02:26 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Combined audience for Indy Car iRacing event tops 600,000	
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Sports' lead INDYCAR broadcast team of Leigh Diffey (play-by-play), Paul Tracy (analyst), and Townsend Bell (analyst) will call the action.

In this image taken from a video provided by iRacing IndyCar, IndyCar driver Kyle Kirkwood, foreground, collides with Alexander Rossi (27) during the early running of the American Red Cross Grand Prix virtual IndyCar auto race at Watkins Glen International, Saturday, March 28, 2020.

Available on multiple platforms, 433,000 viewers tuned in through Saturday night on IndyCar.com, IndyCar's Facebook and YouTube pages, along with iRacing's YouTube, Facebook, and Twitch channels.

By Monday, more than 600K views were totaled on INDYCAR, iRacing, and driver channels.

903,000 viewers tuned in to watch the inaugural eNASCAR event Sunday, Mar. 22 on FS1 and 1.3 million watched during its second week, signaling staying power for their audience.

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The event will make history as the first IndyCar iRacing race aired on television, joining NASCAR and the World of Outlaws as major sporting entities in the United States with motorsports events on television.

Tune into the INDYCAR iRacing Challenge, live from iRacing's version of Barber Motorsports Park on Saturday at 2:30 PM ET, only on NBCSN. New additions include 2018 NTT IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year Robert Wickens, five-time series champion Scott Dixon, three-time Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge pole victor Ed Carpenter and Jack Harvey.

The opening round victor, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing-Chevrolet's Sage Karam, said he's been helping some of his more experienced IndyCar rivals who are rather less experienced at virtual racing.

Several racing series have gone virtual during the shutdown from the coronavirus pandemic.

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