WATKINS - Sam Karam won the inaugural American Red Cross Grand Prix at Watkins Glen leading the virtual race from start to finish.
“It was great we could give the fans something to watch,” said Karam on the broadcast through INDYCAR.com as well as INDYCAR's YouTube and Facebook platforms and iRacing's Twitch. “The WIX car looked pretty good up front, so hopefully we can replicate what when we go racing for real.”
Chip Ganassi’s Felix Rosenquist finished second and Team Penske’s Will Power completed the podium.
Karam, riding in the 24 Chevrolet WIX car for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, started on the pole and led 43 of the 45-lap race, surrendering the lead only when stopping to pit.
Karam won by three full seconds and had a fast lap of 1:25.671.
The only scary moment for Karam was nearly missing a spinning out Kyle Kirkwood coming out of turn 10, but was able to make a quick decision and evade the No. 28 Honda.
Jimmie Johnson, who made his iRacing debut last weekend in a stock car using SIM settings more suited for IndyCar or sports car. Johnson finished 16th after starting 19th.
2017 IndyCar winner at Watkins Glen Alexander Rossi finished 17th after starting 10th.
Watkins Glen edged out Michigan in the finals of a fan vote that included a total of eight teams and spanned six days with the final round on March 26.
The INDYCAR iRacing Challenge, a virtual racing event featuring a full field of NTT INDYCAR SERIES drivers.