Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch & several other current NASCAR drivers have signed on to race in an exhibition esports series after their cars are kept off the tracks due to the novel COVID – 19 pandemic.
NASCAR and iRacing presented the formation of the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series on Tuesday evening, trying to give supporters alternative entertainment with the NASCAR campaign on hold until the earliest May 3rd.
The multi-week series will begin on Sunday with a virtual competition at “Homestead-Miami Speedway”. The remaining races and broadcast details is expected to be make public at a later date.
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Drivers Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer, Kyle Larson & Christopher Bell will also be in the line up to compete. A one-off simulation event was on showing last weekend after the race at “Atlanta Motor Speedway” was postponed. Josh Williams, a spotter for Ryan Blaney, won that race, which also featured Earnhardt and Hamlin.
“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, NASCAR’S vice president of racing development. “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.”
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