The 2021 Classic Indycar Series season is beginning to fire up with over forty drivers signed up for the seventh running of the championship on iRacing.
The season proper kicks off on 21 March at virtual Philip Island but before then the pack will be in action for the first of two pre-season non-championship races this Sunday at Auto Club Speedway – the Roval layout.
The choice of track tips its hat to the history of Indycar as the venue was last used as part of the American Indycar Series (ARS) schedule in 2002.
An impressive roster of 43 drivers are signed up for the season, featuring a dozen CIS rookies, including a Team SIMRACE247 effort spearheaded by Vladislav Zenkov and a second car for Paul Velasco.
League owner Robert Grosser explained: “This gives league admins a first impression of the rookies while the they get used to the car and new environment.
“These pre-season races have a long tradition with CIS and can be likened to spring testing where teams and drivers shakedown their cars and start planning for the challenges of the championship that lies ahead this year.
“It’s always exciting to see who emerges strong after the winter, what drivers to look out for and also the rookies might surprise too. An early pecking order for the championship should emerge to set the stage for what is likely to be another enthralling season of classic Indycar action.,” added Grosser.
The 36-lap (160 km) non-championship sim race at Auto Club Speedway on iRacing is scheduled for this Sunday at 19:00 GMT.
2021 Classic Indycar Series Provisional Schedule:
- March 21 – Phillip Island (68 laps = 300 km)
- April 11 – Long Beach (100 minutes timed race)
- April 25 – Kansas Speedway (200 laps = 300 miles)
- May 9 – Motegi Oval (201 laps = 500 km)
- June 6 – Watkins Glen (60 laps = 200 miles)
- June 27 – Richmond (300 laps = 225 miles) oval triple crown #1
- August 8 – [Legacy] Michigan (200 laps = 400 miles) oval triple crown #2
- August 22 – Sonoma (80 laps = 180 miles)
- September 5 – Chicagoland (200 laps = 300 miles)
- September 19 – Mid-Ohio (89 laps = 200 miles)
- October 3 – Indianapolis Road (80 laps = 200 miles)
- October 31 – Indianapolis 500 (200 laps = 500 miles) oval triple crown #3
Drivers & Teams Entered:
- #1 Lucas Laville / Vortex SimRacing
- #2 Robert Grosser / Vortex SimRacing
- #3 Randy Shewmake / Aero-X
- #04 Jonathan Diggs / independent
- #05 Jan Hoffmann / Vortex SimRacing
- #6 Philippe Lambert / Vortex SimRacing
- #007 Henry Bennett / Powerslide Motorsports
- #8 Hannes Pitkänen / Usagi Racing
- #09 Craig Hobson / Galaxy Simracing
- #10 Caleb Weekley / Iconic Motorsports
- #11 Vladislav Zenkov / Team SIMRACE247
- #12 Paul Velasco / Team SIMRACE247
- #13 Ian Mitchell / independent
- #14 Cody Luke / independent
- #15 Nate Michael / independent
- #16 Denis Garese / Vortex SimRacing
- #17 Sam Winton / Doug Henson Racing
- #18 Don Day / independent
- #20 Ethan Agan / Simulation Racers Council
- #23 Josh Baird / Iconic Motorsports
- #25 Marshall Stanley / Vortex SimRacing
- #26 Mike Robinson / HutchSport Racing
- #27 Andy Aitken / Aero-X
- #28 Rod Carpenter / independent
- #29 Matt Molnar / Archer Brothers eSports
- #31 Mike Gerlica / Galaxy Simracing
- #32 Matthew Wheeler / independent
- #34 Franz-Josef Stumm / independent
- #35 Karsten Brodowy / tab
- #36 Todd Novasad / Iconic Motorsports
- #40 Art McEwen / Galaxy Simracing
- #41 Niall McBride / Team Chimera
- #47 Andrew-Adair Saunders / Iconic Motorsports
- #64 Andrew Wood / Team Chimera
- #65 Willi Schwabauer / independent
- #68 Johnny Garrett / Simulation Racers Council
- #87 Jamie Wilson / Team Chimera
- #88 Martijn Joon / independent
- #92 Logan Simmons / Iconic Motorsports
- #93 Joshua Chin / Team Chimera
- #96 Vesa Jyllhä-Ollila / Iconic Motorsports
- #111 Russ Addie / Aero-X
- #332 Trevor Blackburn / Aero-X
- #353 Stefan Rossmann / Mühlner Motorsports Simracing