NASCAR and iRacing have announced the formation of the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series, an exhibition esports series featuring many of the sport’s best-known drivers. The simulation-style showcase is intended to include a cross-section of competitors from the NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series, NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series plus a group of NASCAR dignitaries.
The multi-week series will begin Sunday, March 22 at 1:30 p.m. ET on the virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway. Other 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 has postponed events through May 3 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series will help fill the gap in racing entertainment for sports fans on a motorsports racing simulation platform that is 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 and Christopher Bell.