Above: Race winner Scott Andrews’ virtual race car does virtual donuts to celebrate his victory on the digital replica of World Wide Technology Raceway. (Speed51)
Inaugural WWTR Bommarito Automotive Group Throwback 500 iRacing event for the Elite Racing League
Sunday, March 29, 2020
Broadcast live on Speed51.com
• Winner Scott Andrews is the 2015 USA F1600 Formula F champion (30 career wins). Andrews is from Torquay, Victoria, Australia. He is a professional driver and instructor/coach.
• The highest-finishing NTT IndyCar Series driver was Conor Daly (third).
• Locals: USAC driver Austin Blair of Fairview Heights, Illinois, finished 10th.
• NHRA Funny Car champion Ron Capps was involved in an accident and finished 29th.
Australian sports car driver Scott Andrews took on a stout field of professional stock car and open wheel drivers Sunday to claim victory in the Bommarito Automotive Group Throwback 500. The 2015 U.S. F1600 champion is sort of a sim racing veteran.
“I’ve been sim racing on and off for over a decade,” said Andrews, who now is based in Miami. “I started in my later karting years, (jokingly) back when you could get by with a Logitech steering wheel. I moved to the U.S. eight years ago and have been racing sporadically, using friends’ equipment. I haven’t had my own (sim racing rig) until five days ago. Sim racing like this at home keeps you sharp.”
Andrews was confident going into Sunday’s race against the likes of longtime iRacers Alexander Rossi, Ron Capps, Spencer Boyd, Ty Gibbs and Austin Blair.
“I knew I’d be competitive. It’s all about strategy, to be there at the end. I was stoked to make that late-race pass and I was very satisfied and happy to get the win.”
Bommarito Automotive Group Throwback 500 (iRacing) official finish: 1. Scott Andrews, 2. Ryan Gavel, 3. Conor Daly, 4. Simon Sikes, 5. Chad Frankenfield, 6. James Davison, 7. Vincent Isabella, 8. Jacob Abel, 9. Damien Leininger, 10. Austin Blair, 11. John Poole III, 12. Josh Bilicki, 13. Carson Hocevar, 14. Austin Wayne Self, 15. Shawn Langdon, 16. Ty Gibbs, 17. Graham Rahal, 18. Colton Herta, 19. Alexander Rossi, 20. Colin Mullan, 21. Mark Rebilas, 22. Jordan Anderson, 23. Cabot Bigham, 24. Braden Eves, 25. Daltyn England, 26. Santino Ferrucci, 27. Garrett Smithley, 28. Robert Megennis, 29. Ron Capps, 30. Tim Doyle, 31. Tyler Ankrum, Gabby Chaves, 33. Stefan Wilson.