NASCAR recently announced that it was suspending its season through May 3, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be any racing at all. NASCAR has announced that it has partnered with iRacing and will hold a series of simulated races that include NASCAR Cup drivers among the competition. The new series is called the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series.
The series kicked off last weekend when the NASCAR Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway was canceled. The event was live-streamed on Twitch and featured several Cup racers and crewmembers, including Bubba Wallace, Alex Bowman, and William Byron. Josh Williams, a Team Penske spotter for Ryan Blaney, won the virtual race.
NASCAR vice president of racing development Ben Kennedy said that until racing cars are back on track, the entire NASCAR community is aligned to provide fans with “a unique, fun, and competitive experience on race day.” NASCAR and iRacing have been long-term partners, and Kennedy says that they are excited to see how some of the best NASCAR drivers stack up in the virtual racing environment. This isn’t the first NASCAR race that iRacing has held.
iRacing runs a dedicated eNASCAR series that full-time virtual racers compete in alongside the Invitational series. Some big names from NASCAR have committed to participating in the virtual series, including Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer, Kyle Larson, Christopher Bell, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. The race will kick off Sunday at 1:30 PM with a virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway event, which was supposed to be the venue for the actual NASCAR Cup race this weekend that has been canceled. Australian Supercars has also moved its canceled racing events to a virtual series.
Source: Fox News