Walkinshaw Andretti United and Andretti Autosport have teamed up for a unique Esports collaboration that sees Supercars ace Chaz Mostert and Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi both make eseries cameos in Australia and the United States.
Rossi, who competed with WAU as a wildcard entry in last year’s Bathurst 1000 join, will rejoin the Supercars field next Wenesday when the Eseries heads North to compete at Watkins Glen and Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve.
Meanwhile, Mostert will make his IndyCar debut when he pairs alongside Rossi for AA at the Circuit of the Americas IndyCar iRacing Challenge round this Sunday.
“Prior to 2020, I wasn’t much of a sim racer and never had any intentions of becoming one, but in light of the current situation it has become a great platform for us to stay relevant to our fans and sponsors,” said Rossi.
“I had such an incredible time driving the V8 Holden with WAU in Bathurst last year. It was a no-brainer for me to return virtually to the grid for two races where I know the tracks incredibly well and have had good success there in the past.
“With Chaz racing with us at COTA in the AutoNation IndyCar Challenge this weekend, we will have to come up with some sort of friendly bet to see who finishes higher in their respective wild card races. I would put your money on him…”
Mostert, who sits sixth in the Supercars Eseries standings after last night’s third round, added:
“For me it’s super exciting to compete in my first IndyCar race, even if it is virtually.
“Having the link between our organisations has presented me with an amazing opportunity, so a huge thank you to the entire Andretti Autosport team for having me.
“I’ll be looking to do a solid job, I’m not expecting too much. I’ve driven a Supercar around COTA once, but I’m tipping the IndyCar will be a different kettle of fish.
“It’s great to have some awesome teammates to bounce off, so I’ll be picking their brains in the lead up.”
Round Five of the IndyCar iRacing Challenge takes place on Sunday April 26 from 6.30 am NZT.
While the fourth round of the Supercars Eseries gets underway on Wednesday April 29 at 8.00 pm NZT.