Scott McLaughlin will start tomorrow night’s IndyCar iRacing Challenge finale at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from pole position, edging out sim-racing aficionado Lando Norris by 0.07s in this morning’s 15-minute session.
While the series does not record points, the defending two-time Supercars Champion is a realistic shot of claiming the virtual title should he beat Penske teammates Simon Pagenaud and Will Power.
That job done a little bit easier by Power and Pagenaud starting seventh and tenth respectably.
The qualifying session proved to be incredibly tight. Using lap time instead of the usual four-lap speed average to determine the grid, over 25 cars were within a tenth of McLaughlin’s fastest time.
New Zealand compatriot and 2008 Indy 500 winner Scott Dixon experienced a difficult session and will line up towards the rear of the field in 28th.
The 70-lap iRacing finale gets underway from 6.30 am NZT on Sunday May 3 and will be livestreamed via Velocity News.