Dale Earnhardt Jr. finishes third in virtual IndyCar debut at Michigan

Dale Earnhardt Jr. finishes third in the IndyCar iRacing Challenge at virtual Michigan International Speedway in his first simulated open-wheel event.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished third in the Chevrolet 275 for the IndyCar iRacing Challenge at virtual Michigan International Speedway on Saturday afternoon — his first competitive open-wheel simulation event.

Earnhardt finished behind race winner and 2019 Indianapolis 500 champion Simon Pagenaud and second-place finisher Scott McLaughlin. Will Power and Graham Rahal completed the top five.

The two-time Daytona 500 champion Earnhardt started 18th in the No. 3 Chevrolet for the 85-lap event, dodging a crash at the start of the race involving multiple cars and methodically working his way to the front of the field.

Pagenaud took the lead with four laps remaining when Zach Veach ran out of the fuel, allowing Earnhardt to advance a position to make the podium.