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Drama in iRacing as IndyCar champ wrecks F1 star on purpose, Ars Technica

Drama in iRacing as IndyCar champ wrecks F1 star on purpose, Ars Technica
    

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Everyone has to decide if it’s only a game or if it’s a real sport.

      

      

  • later that day on Twitch .

    The drama did not end there. On the final lap, Marcus Ericsson takes the lead from Norris’ teammate Pato O’Ward before they made contact going through turn four, sending Ericsson into the wall. The third Arrow McLaren driver, Oliver Askew, looked set for a maiden win when he was then intentionally wrecked by Santino Ferruci, a driver who was thrown out of the F2 series in (for) Doing something similar in real life

    . In the end, the win went to another visiting driver, Australia’s Scott McLaughin, who normally races for Team Penske’s Supercar Team Down Under.

    All of that late race action was overshadowed by the Norris / Pagenaud incident, though. McLaren team boss Zak Brown decried Pagenaud’s behavior , and many F1 and IndyCar fans — including those in the media — took it as an excuse to get tribal and tell the other side why their particular flavor of open-wheel racing wasn’t any good. Many others jumped in to shout “IT’S JUST A GAME” at anyone they felt was taking it too seriously.

    That’s all a shame. While the racing world remains in lockdown, the move to sim racing has given us a chance to see racers let down their guard somewhat and race in disciplines they wouldn’t normally be seen in. The All Star Legends races on Saturday mornings have become the highpoint of my week, as racers like Jenson Button, Juan Pablo Montoya, and now Sebastian Vettel have joined the fun, racing for charity in s F1 cars, for example. IndyCar’s

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    challenge has been a little more serious than F1’s foray into esports with pro drivers, but unlike IMSA, NASCAR, or Formula E , it hasn’t run it as a formal championship. That may well have led some drivers to take things less seriously than others.
  • If the pandemic allows, the real -world Indianapolis 551 will take place on August . For now, you can rewatch the race below.

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