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iRacing Rallycross Race Preview: Iowa

iRacing Rallycross Race Preview: Iowa

iRacing Rallycross presented by Yokohama takes on Iowa Speedway for its third event of the 2021 season on Wednesday, with the world’s best sim racers and an all-star lineup of real-world pros and Twitch streamers all set to take part. Races will begin at 4PM ET/1PM PT at iRacing.com/live and across a large slate of Facebook, Twitch, and YouTube channels.

World Championship

Last week’s iRX World Championship round at Atlanta Motor Speedway played out for Subaru Motorsports USA’s Jon Robertson just like last year’s did: with a trip to victory lane. This time around, Robertson used a last-lap Joker Lap to shoot past Elliott Sadler eSports’ Vicente Salas to score the checkered flag and propel himself into the points lead.

If you believe in a repeat winner being a good omen, that’s good news for defending series champion and Robertson’s teammate Yohann Harth. Harth, who finished third in Atlanta, won from the pole in Iowa last season. Other returning drivers who will look fondly upon a return to Iowa include Rasmus Tuominen of SET Esports Team GRX, last year’s third place finisher, as well as 2020 heat winners Otto Taskinen of Nitro Circus and Robertson himself.

Yokohama Pole Award: Just like he did in 2020, Robertson started his winning iRX event in Atlanta by claiming the Yokohama Pole Award with the fastest qualifying lap. He and SET Esports’ Jonne Ollikainen (Daytona) have a pole apiece going into the third round.

DirtFish Rookie of the Year: Four rookies made it to last week’s final, with Hansen Williams Esports’ Jarno Leskinen becoming the first to make two features and taking the DirtFish Rookie of the Year points lead. The 2021 DirtFish Rookie of the Year will receive a complimentary Three Day course from DirtFish, the Official Rallying School of iRacing Rallycross. To sign up and get behind the wheel yourself, visit drive.dirtfish.com.

Hard Charger: Three drivers have gained more than 20 positions from their qualifying spots over the first two rounds, with Loenbro Motorsports’ Tommi Nukarinen leading the group at 24. Nukarinen’s third place finish in the first Atlanta LCQ scored him 13th overall, a 12-spot jump from where he qualified.

All-Star Invitational

Real-world drivers are two for two in iRX All-Star Invitational events so far, with Best in the Desert driver Luke Knupp holding off Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup standout Zac Campbell in Atlanta last week. The expected entry list for this week’s visit to Iowa is below; entries are subject to change:

No.

Driver

Car

Background

03 Keenan Kusan | @MrAeroHD Subaru Twitch partner
10 Daniel Gray | @DanielGray10 Ford Twitch partner
13 Trevor Perry | @PuckVanek Subaru Twitch partner
15 Zac Campbell | @ZacCampbell02 Subaru Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup
22 Blake “Bilko” Williams Subaru Nitro Circus
28 Connor Barry Subaru Great American Short Course
38 Casey Kirwan | @CaseyKirwan Ford eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series
42 Parker Retzlaff Subaru ARCA Menards Series
49 Jamie Fluke | @JamieFluke Subaru Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup
53 Justin Melillo Subaru eNASCAR journalist, Traxion.GG
64 Tim Stevens Subaru Roadshow editor-in-chief
75 Landon Huffman | @HuffmanLive Subaru NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
77 Luke Knupp Subaru Best in the Desert
85 Mikey Lawrence Subaru SCORE World Desert Championship
360 Craig Williams | @CraigSetupShop VW Twitch partner
504 Pablo López | @GoProLopez Ford Twitch partner
920 Tyson Meier | @Quirkitized Subaru Twitch partner

 

How To Watch

All iRX events will be broadcast in multiple languages for the 2021 season. Here’s where to tune in:

 

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