Sage Karm led Felix Rosenqvist from start to finish in the first IndyCar iRacing Challenge held on the Watkins Glen circuit.
Rosenqvist drew closer over the final laps, aided by a near-miss between the race leader and Kyle Kirkwood. Karam was poised to lap his Andretti rival when Kirkwood spun in front of him, forcing Karam to take evasive action.
However Karam reasserted himself over the final laps, edging clear of Rosenqvist again as the pair demonstrated their simracing skills, leaving everyone outside the top seven at least a lap down.
Will Power took fourth place after moving ahead of McLaren’s Oliver Askew early in the race. Power therefore avoided the subsequent pile-up Askew triggered with his three Penske team mates. After cutting the bus stop chicane on lap six, Askew knocked Scott McLaughlin into a spin, and the pair were collected by Simon Pagenaud and Josef Newgarden.
The quartet recovered and reached the finish. McLaughlin passed Askew for fourth late in the race, but the pair finished over 47 seconds behind Karam, and Pagenaud and Newgarden were another half a minute behind.
Santino Ferrucci came in a lapped eighth ahead of Kirkwood and Conor Daly. Alexander Rossi was classified 17th after being knocked into a barrier on the first lap of the race, and James Hinchcliffe was unable to start due to technical problems.
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