IndyCar’s virtual race to be aired on NBC Sports Network

IndyCar's virtual racing will be televised beginning with Saturday's iRacing event, which has been picked up by NBC Sports. The debut virtual race last weekend drew 433,000 combined viewers to both IndyCar and iRacing's online stream. Totals viewers jumped to 600,000 when IndyCar tallied how many watched drivers' social media feeds or gaming channels.

IndyCar goes iRacing as latest series to offer fans content

The walk to the starting grid for Tony Kanaan began in his Indianapolis kitchen, through the foyer, past the trophy case, up the stairs, down the hall, through the master bedroom, master bathroom and finally into the closet. Kanaan participated in two virtual races, a legends event won by three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti. Then he joined the first of a six-week series that launched Saturday to give IndyCar fans content during the coronavirus pandemic.

AP Interview: Roger Penske talks postponing Indianapolis 500

Roger Penske, at 83 and considered high risk for the coronavirus as a 2017 kidney transplant recipient, still makes the daily three-minute commute to his Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, office. Penske has 60,000 employees across the world in an organization in constant flux because of the COVID-19 crisis. The Indianapolis 500 won't be run on Memorial Day weekend for the first time since 1946 after Penske on Thursday postponed one of America's crown jewel sporting events until Aug. 23.

Racing community lines up behind decision to delay Indy 500

When Mario Andretti got the text asking if he would be willing to drive the two-seater at Indianapolis this August, he responded immediately. ''I think it was a great move with the uncertainty, the unknowns, it's just not good so trying to have the 500 in May was extremely risky.

IndyCar goes virtual racing as it waits to get back on track

IndyCar isn't sure when it can get its cars on track to officially start the season. IndyCar's first iRacing event will be Saturday with a 25-car field. IndyCar, like all sports, has been idled during the coronavirus pandemic, which hit the United States just as the series was ready to open its season.

Indianapolis 500 postponed until August because of COVID-19

The Indianapolis 500 was postponed Thursday until August because of the coronavirus pandemic and won't run on Memorial Day weekend for the first time since 1946. “The month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is my favorite time of year, and like our fans, I am disappointed that we have had to reschedule the Indianapolis 500,” said Roger Penske, the motorsports titan who finalized his purchase of IndyCar and Indianapolis Motor Speedway earlier this year. The Indianapolis 500 began in 1911 but did not run in 1917, 1918 and from 1941-45 because of World Wars I and II. Tony Hulman bought the neglected speedway after the second war and the Indy 500 returned on Memorial Day weekend in 1946.

IndyCar goes virtual racing as it waits to get back on track

IndyCar isn't sure when it can get its cars on track to officially start the season. IndyCar's first iRacing event will be Saturday with a 25-car field. IndyCar, like all sports, has been idled during the coronavirus pandemic, which hit the United States just as the series was ready to open its season.