In a move that is weird, interesting, perfect, and freaky all at the same time, NASCAR, iRacing Introduce eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series. This is a series that will be talking place as NASCAR is in its season suspension due to the spread of the Coronavirus and it seems that the biggest names in the sport are going to take part. iRacing is perhaps the once racing organization that is set to capitalize on this strange time in history where actual, physical racing cannot take place because of governmental limitations on crowd gathering and sanctioning body concerns about spreading the sickness.
As you will see below, the series will start on Sunday at 1:30pm and it will showcase some of the most well-known NASCAR drivers on the planet like Dale Earnhardt Jr, Clint Bowyer, and Kyle Busch among others. We’re actually interested in figuring out how to watch this thing because the guys will likely all be talking smack on each other and having a good time. These are strange days, indeed.
iRacing has been exploding in growth long before the recently awful stoppage of actual racing in the world and this is definitely going to crank it into overdrive. About the only thing you cannot do on iRacing is go drag racing. Dirt track, open wheel, and stock car racing are all part of the program and professional drivers from Ron Capps to Dale Jr. are all in on having fun online.
Hey, beats watching the grass grow, right?
NASCAR, iRacing Introduce eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series
NASCAR Cup Series Drivers and Racing Icons to Compete in Esports Series;
Exhibition Races to Provide Fans with Entertaining Content While NASCAR’s National Series Await Return
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 17, 2020) – NASCAR and iRacing announced today the formation of the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series, an exhibition esports series featuring many of the sports most talented and popular drivers. The simulation-style showcase will include a cross-section of competitors from the NASCAR Cup Series™, NASCAR Xfinity Series™, NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series™ and a group of NASCAR dignitaries.
The multi-week series will kick off Sunday, March 22 at 1:30 p.m. ET on the virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway. The remaining race and broadcast details will be announced at a later date.
“Until we have cars back on track, the entire NASCAR community has aligned to provide our passionate fans with a unique, fun and competitive experience on race day,” said Ben Kennedy, vice president, racing development, NASCAR. “Our long-time partners at iRacing offer an incredible product and we are excited to see how many of our best drivers will stack up in the virtual domain of competitive racing.”
NASCAR postponed events through May 3, prioritizing the health and safety of fans, the industry and race communities. The eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series will provide much needed racing entertainment for sports fans on the premier motorsports racing simulation platform, often used by NASCAR drivers to prepare for race events.
The exhibition series will feature some of the best NASCAR drivers including:
- Dale Earnhardt Jr.
- Kyle Busch
- Denny Hamlin
- Clint Bowyer
- Kyle Larson
- Christopher Bell
NASCAR and iRacing have an unprecedented history in the esports space, currently in the 11th season of the longest-running officially sanctioned esports racing series, the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series™. The eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series features 40 of the best sim racers in the world competing for more than $300,000, one of the richest payouts in esports racing competition. The elite series features NASCAR and professional esports teams, including those established by NASCAR Cup Series drivers William Byron, Denny Hamlin and Austin Dillon.