Race Preview: Feeding America iRX Battle of Atlanta

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Only two rounds remain in the Subaru iRX All-Star Invitational presented by Yokohama campaign, including tonight’s Feeding America iRX Battle of Atlanta from Atlanta Motor Speedway. One of just two fantasy tracks on the series calendar, Atlanta has proven plenty popular with real-world rallycross drivers and crossover athletes alike after a busy week of practice and test races. Here’s a look at what to expect coming into the fifth round of the six-race season:

The Track: Atlanta Motor Speedway is one of iRacing’s most recent rallycross builds, a fantasy course carved out of the infield of the 1.5-mile tri-oval. The sport visited the track in the real world in 2013 utilizing a completely different layout on the frontstretch. Featuring a banked dirt hairpin and substantial Joker Lap, drivers will need to be careful with one of the most fun, but treacherous, tracks on the schedule.

Last Week: Sami-Matti Trogen finally snapped Mitchell deJong’s three race win streak at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, scoring the victory from the pole in his Williams Esports Subaru WRX STI. deJong finished second to continue his streak of podium finishes in every race, and Parker Kligerman completed the podium for the second time in three weeks.

Driver to Watch: Winner of the inaugural IndyCar iRacing Challenge race at Watkins Glen International, Sage Karam makes the switch from an open cockpit to a closed one to team up with Conner Martell at Dreyer & Reinbold Racing for the final two rounds of the season. Karam made five real-world rallycross starts with DRR’s Lites program last year, scoring one victory and never finishing worse than second.

Yokohama Pole Position Award: For the second week in a row, Sami-Matti Trogen was the top qualifier at Lucas Oil Raceway, taking home another custom skateboard for the Yokohama Pole Position Award. 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 Kevin Carlisle to the driver’s seat in Indianapolis. Carlisle is an iRX World Championship veteran who earned the right to compete after winning a special Star Car Qualifier race on Tuesday, holding off fellow World Championship veteran Connor Parise in an epic battle. Follow @nitrocircus and @art_kevo on Instagram for more from this week’s race!

Feeding America iRX Battle of Atlanta Expected Entry List


Driver Name

Team/Primary Sponsor

0Kevin CarlisleNitro Circus Star Car
1Sami-Matti TrogenWilliams Esports/Chillblast
2Cabot BighamJim Beaver eSports/DirtFish
6Justin LoftonTeam Yokohama/FOX
13Andreas BakkerudMonster Energy RX Cartel
20Conor DalyEd Carpenter Racing/US Air Force
21Conner MartellDreyer & Reinbold Racing/Alias Sport
22Chad ReedcbdMD/Mountain Motorsports/Boost Mobile
22Blake “Bilko” WilliamsTeam Yokohama
23Tyler MenningaHeatwave
24Mitchell deJongCoanda Simsport/Virtual Racing School
24Sage KaramDreyer & Reinbold Racing/WIX Filters
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 BrooksFeeding America
51Garrett SmithleyFeeding America
55Chris AtkinsonTeam Yokohama
71Kevin HansenYellow Squad RX/Red Bull/Hansen
77Parker KligermanBurton Kligerman eSports/Valvoline
180Brandon SemenukSubaru Motorsports USA
199Travis PastranaSubaru Motorsports USA