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Wickens, Keselowski Join IMSA iRacing Pro Series Grid

Robert Wickens, Brad Keselowski to tackle IMSA iRacing Pro Invitational series next week…

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IndyCar star Robert Wickens and NASCAR Cup front-runner Brad Keselowski are among the high-profile additions for the next round of the IMSA iRacing Pro Invitational series.

As announced on Thursday, a total of 50 real-world professional drivers will take part in the WeatherTech Presents IMSA iRacing at Road America contest on May 14.

Wickens will drive a Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 RSR, while 2012 NASCAR Cup champion Keselowski will be behind the wheel of a Team Penske-entered Ford GT.

Having recently competed in the IndyCar iRacing Challenge using his bespoke fully hand-controlled sim rig, Wickens is now set to tackle IMSA’s own esports competition.

“I am really excited to join Pfaff Motorsports for the upcoming IMSA esports events,” said the Canadian driver.

“Pfaff was a major part of my karting career with their involvement with the Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship. It is really exciting to join forces almost 20 years later!

“Sim racing is going to be a big part of my return to racing in reality. I am really looking forward to see what new challenges come from racing in a different series in the Pfaff-Motul Porsche RSR.”

Another notable addition the iRacing grid for Road America is two-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Earl Bamber, who will be competing against his GT Le Mans co-champion from last year Laurens Vanthoor.

2018 IMSA DPi champion Felipe Nasr has also joined the field and will be at the wheel of a BMW M8 GTE.

Ben Keating is confirmed to make his iRacing Pro Invitational debut, as is Mazda regular Joel Miller and four-time Argentinian touring car champion Agustin Canapino.

BMW dominated the first three rounds of the IMSA iRacing Pro Invitational series, with Bruno Spengler winning at Sebring and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca and Nicky Catsburg finishing first at Mid-Ohio.

Heading into round four, Catsburg holds a two-point lead over Spengler in the championship standings.

Next Thursday’s race will stream live beginning at 6 p.m. ET (11 p.m. BST) on the iRacing Facebook and YouTube channels.

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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