Lando Norris has accepted an invitation to compete in the IndyCar iRacing Challenge.
The IndyCar iRacing Challenge is the series’ equivalent of Formula 1’s Virtual Grands Prix. It has held four races so far on a mixture of road and oval circuits.
Norris’ appearance in the series follows a public suggestion from Pato O’Ward who drives for McLaren SP, the sister team of Norris’s F1 outfit, which has entered IndyCar this year.
Saturday’s race on the Circuit of the Americas would be an opportune event for Norris to make his debut in the series, as it is a track he is familiar with from Formula 1.
Norris is an avid player of iRacing, which he recently said racing drivers tend to prefer over the official Formula 1 game.
Simon Pagenaud won the last two rounds of the IndyCar iRacing Challenge on the Michigan and Motegi ovals. The opening race on the Watkins Glen course was won by Sage Karam, and Australian Supercars champion Scott McLaughlin triumphed at Barber Motorsports Park.
Norris is the latest F1 driver to join a rival series’ esports competition. Last week Max Verstappen raced in the Australian Supercars series’ iRacing-based championship. While Verstappen has snubbed the official Virtual Grand Prix series so far, Norris has entered every round, but has been plagued by connection problems.
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