Race Preview: American Red Cross iRX of Indianapolis

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The second half of the Subaru iRX All-Star Invitational presented by Yokohama season kicks off tonight with a visit to Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis for the American Red Cross iRX of Indianapolis. The deceptively simple course has proven to be highly challenging for some of the biggest names on the grid, and should feature plenty of wheel-to-wheel beating and banging throughout today’s action. Here’s a look at what to expect coming into the third round of the six-race season:

The Track: Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis hosted real-world rallycross in July 2017, and the course layout made its way onto iRacing for the launch of rallycross on the service. The track layout may not be complex, but looks can be deceiving, as top drivers have struggled with the tight hairpins and merge with the Joker Lap. To prevent carnage, the first-lap Joker will not be allowed for Friday’s race.

Last Week: Mitchell deJong made it three wins in a row last week at Sonoma Raceway, albeit in somewhat controversial fashion after a Lap 4 run-in with World Rally Championship star Craig Breen. Sami-Matti Trogen was second, while Breen held off Cabot Bigham for third place in a spirited battle for the final podium spot in just his second race in the series.

Driver to Watch: Parker Kligerman has established himself as one of iRacing’s top dual threats in pro driver competition, running up front on a regular basis in the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series and adding two straight main event appearances and a podium in iRX. The Burton Kligerman eSports owner has been a longtime proponent of sim racing, and his team is among the most active eNASCAR teams as they expand their presence into multiple other iRacing events for 2020.

Yokohama Pole Position Award: 2019 iRX World Champion Sami-Matti Trogen broke Mitchell deJong’s two-race pole streak, taking his first Yokohama Pole Position Award of the season in his third official race with Williams Esports. The award was handcrafted in the US by Bear Walker, who makes custom and limited edition boards with carved out grip for better traction. Visit him at bearwalker.com or @bearwalkerofficial on Instagram.

Nitro Circus Star Car: The Nitro Circus Star Car welcomes Josh Sheehan to the driver’s seat in Indianapolis. In 2015, “Sheeny” became the first rider to ever pull off a triple backflip on a dirtbike at Pastranaland, and has tallied numerous X-Fighters victories and X Games medals in an illustrious freestyle career. Follow @nitrocircus and @sheenyfmx on Instagram for more from this week’s race!

American Red Cross iRX of Indianapolis Expected Entry List


Driver Name

Team/Primary Sponsor

0Josh SheehanNitro Circus Star Car
1Sami-Matti TrogenWilliams Esports/Chillblast
2Cabot BighamJim Beaver eSports/DirtFish
3Travis PeCoyLoenbro Motorsports/Factory Canopies
13Andreas BakkerudMonster Energy RX Cartel
20Conor DalyEd Carpenter Racing/US Air Force
21Conner MartellDreyer & Reinbold Racing/Simcraft
22Chad ReedcbdMD/Mountain Motorsports/Boost Mobile
22Blake “Bilko” WilliamsTeam Yokohama
23Tyler MenningaHeatwave
24Mitchell deJongCoanda Simsport/Virtual Racing School
27Alexander RossiAndretti Autosport/NAPA/AutoNation
28Ron CappsDon Schumacher Racing/NAPA/Pennzoil
29James HinchcliffeAndretti Autosport/Genesys
39Kevin SwindellSwindell SpeedLab/Racing Electronics/HMS
40Ryan TruexMarquis Spas and Hot Tubs
41Scott SpeedSubaru Motorsports USA
42Craig BreenVRA Racing/Keltech/CJJ Motorsports
44Christian BrooksAmerican Red Cross
51Garrett SmithleyAmerican Red Cross
55Chris AtkinsonTeam Yokohama
64Tim StevensCNET Roadshow
71Kevin HansenYellow Squad RX/Red Bull/Hansen
77Parker KligermanBurton Kligerman eSports/Valvoline
96Oriol ServiaAmerican Red Cross
180Brandon SemenukSubaru Motorsports USA
199Travis PastranaSubaru Motorsports USA