04/06/2020

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NASCAR drivers will beat coronavirus by racing virtually in esports

An impression from the Gran Turismo Entire world Tour 2019 Finals. Now genuine-globe NASCAR drivers...

An impression from the Gran Turismo Entire world Tour 2019 Finals. Now genuine-globe NASCAR drivers are going virtual, too. / Reuters

 

DAYTONA Seaside, Fla. — Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch and other NASCAR drivers have signed on to race in an exhibition esports collection whilst their cars and trucks are saved off the tracks amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

NASCAR and iRacing declared the formation of the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Collection on Tuesday night time, hoping to give fans alternative viewing with the NASCAR time on maintain until finally at the very least May possibly 3.

The multi-week collection will start Sunday with a virtual level of competition at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Remaining races and broadcast aspects are predicted to be declared at a afterwards date.

Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer, Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell will also be amongst all those competing. A one particular-off simulation party was held previous weekend just after a race at Atlanta Motor Speedway was postponed. Josh Williams, spotter for Ryan Blaney, won that race, which also highlighted Earnhardt and Hamlin.

“Until we have cars and trucks back again on keep track of, the full NASCAR community has aligned to present our passionate fans with a one of a kind, enjoyment and aggressive encounter on race working day,” explained Ben Kennedy, NASCAR’S vice president of racing development. “Our long-time partners at iRacing give an remarkable item and we are thrilled to see how many of our finest drivers will stack up in the virtual domain of aggressive racing.”

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