The stars of the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series head to the virtual Indianapolis Motor Speedway Tuesday for the ninth race of 2020. Here’s who we’re watching at the Brickyard as 40 racers look to claim their slice of a $300,000 pie.
Jake Nichols, Mode Motorsports
Rank: 10 (previously not ranked)
Jake Nichols continues to move the mark, little by little. He scored his second top-10 finish of the season at Atlanta, and looked stout in the All-Star Race until a spin set him back. Even though he hasn’t put a notch in the Wins column, he’s still got a spot in the playoff grid as of right now.
Brad Davies, JR Motorsports
Rank: 9 (-4)
Seventh in points halfway through the regular season, Brad Davies is going to need to work some of his early-days magic at Indy to keep his spot in the playoffs. Davies won the first two Coca-Cola iRacing Series races at Indy, back in 2010 and 2011.
Bobby Zalenski, Team VRS
Rank: 8 (-2)
Here’s a perplexing disconnect: Bobby Zalenski’s average starting position in three starts at Indy is 6.3, while his average finish is 25. The stat’s not telling of his speed, though: he led a quarter of last year’s race and likely would have won with just a bit more fuel in the tank.
Ray Alfalla, Team VRS
Rank: 7 (–)
If Four-Time doesn’t win at the Brickyard, expect all sorts of headlines like, "Ray Alfalla hasn’t won in an entire month! Is he done winning?" We kid, but it’s plausible he goes back-to-back; he’s won twice at Indy before, not to mention scoring four consecutive pole positions from 2012 through 2015.
Graham Bowlin, Joe Gibbs Racing
Rank: 6 (+2)
Hey, now! Graham’s an all-star. Even though he’s still seeking his first points-paying victory of his rookie campaign, Graham Bowlin snagged the victory in the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series All-Star Race from North Wilkesboro last week. For a racer, a win’s a win, and that means momentum.
Nick Ottinger, William Byron eSports
Rank: 5 (+2)
The man sixth in series points knows how to get the job done at Indy, scoring a win in 2015, the year of "Left Shark" and "Hotline Bling." There’s no time like now to rebound from the two disappointing races following his Dover win.
Michael Conti, JR Motorsports
Rank: 4 (–)
Believe it or not, Michael Conti made his first trip to Indianapolis (well, virtual trip) in the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series at age 15 back in 2012. While he hasn’t yet won at Indy, he showed he can contend at intermediate tracks in the current racing package, leading 75 laps at Charlotte.
Ryan Luza, Williams Esports
Rank: 3 (-2)
While Ryan Luza has led laps in his last two Brickyard starts, his best finish of second came in his championship year, 2017, where he led no laps. Whatever happens Tuesday, he’ll want to rebound from a poor finish at Atlanta and keep his footing near the top of the standings.
Garrett Lowe, Wood Brothers Racing
Rank: 2 (–)
We’ll keep joking about Garrett Lowe finishing second as long as Garrett Lowe keeps finishing second. He’s scored four runner-up finishes in the past seven races – but that’s exactly what he needs to keep doing in the run to the playoffs.
Keegan Leahy, Denny Hamlin Racing
Rank: 1 (+2)
Keegan Leahy’s taken over the points lead and heads to a track where he led half the race last year. We’re impressed by his speed at intermediate tracks, and we think he’s in position to grab his second win of 2020 Tuesday.
Catch the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series race from Indianapolis Tuesday, June 30, at eNASCAR.com/live.