McLaughlin Captures Second Virtual Race, Wins IndyCar iRacing Challenge

Penske Racing driver and babysitter Scott McLaughlin evaded two collisions on the last lap to win the First Responder 175 in the IndyCar iRacing Challenge Final on Saturday at a virtual Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

McLaughlin went through the butchery of four wrecked cars to win the 33-driver, 70-lap event at the Brickyard.

McLaughlin's second victory in the series - he also won in Alabama - gave Team Penske a clean sweep on ovals in the six-race IndyCar iRacing Challenge series. Simon Pagenaud, the defending Indianapolis 500 champion, won at Michigan and Twin Ring Motegi.

I was hoping there would be an accident, and there were two, McLaughlin told IndyCar at the NBC booth. I thought we were going to get the third one. We were in the right place at the right time.

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Conor Daly finished second, and Santino Ferrucci third despite being trapped in one of those remnants from the last lap. IndyCar rookie Oliver Askew, who crashed into the goal with Ferrucci, and Arrow McLaren SPM driver Pato O'Ward finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

O'Ward cut Marcus Ericsson's car and fell out of the race in the final moments. Seconds later, Ferrucci and Askew were also shipwrecked as they battled for the lead less than 100 feet from the end.

Upon reaching the finish line, I was trying to get close to him and passed through him, Ferrucci told IndyCar at the NBC booth. I do not know why. I mean, trying to get a little closer to him because I knew the endurance race would be difficult. I just didn't expect the cars to be sideways. I wanted to get a little closer but I didn't expect to do that.

That is my bad. I apologize for doing that to Oliver. That was definitely his race to win. But at the end of the day, it's a video game and we had fun. It is nothing you would do in real life, but it is a tight race.

Askew tweeted to Ferrucci later, you owe me a glass of milk, buddy.

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