Some people consider the number 13 an unlucky number.
But for NASCAR Cup driver Kyle Busch, 13 was not a bad finishing position considering it was in his first career virtual IndyCar race in the third IndyCar iRacing Challenge event, held Saturday at the Twin Ring Motegi track in Japan.
Busch started 25th in the 33-driver race and made steady progress in his Dallara chassis.
IndyCar regular and defending real-life Indianapolis 500 winner Simon Pagenaud won his second consecutive IndyCar iRacing Challenge event, followed by Scott Dixon and Pagenaud’s teammate, Will Power.
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. will get to make his virtual IndyCar debut this weekend.
The NBC Sports analyst and newly minted NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee announced on Twitter Wednesday morning he has been formally invited to take part in Saturday’s IndyCar iRacing Challenge event, which will air at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
The race, which follows events held on a virtual Watkins Glen and Barber Motorsports Park, will take place on a virtual Michigan International Speedway.
Earnhardt will drive the No. 3 in the event.
Earnhardt joins his former Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson in participating in the challenge. Johnson competed in both the Watkins Glen and Barber races.
“I wouldn’t want to step on anybody’s toes, so I’m just waiting for an invite from (IndyCar president) Jay (Frye) or somebody,” Earnhardt said on Monday. “I’d love to do it. I think I’d love to get to know those guys.”
Earnhardt has taken part in the first three rounds of the eNASCAR Pro Invitational iRacing Series, which is taking the weekend off. He is also part of NBC’s eSports Short Track iRacing Challenge this week and will compete in tonight’s races on a virtual Myrtle Beach Speedway (7 p.m. ET on NBCSN).