NASCAR has launched a new iRacing championship featuring some of the sport’s top drivers to “provide much needed racing entertainment for sports fans” during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Competitors for the new eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series will include entrants from the NASCAR Cup series, XS and Trucks championships plus “NASCAR dignitaries”, said the organisers.
Reigning champion Kyle Busch is among the roster of drivers who have been confirmed for the series. Dale Earnhardt Jnr, Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer, Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell will also compete.
The series will begin this Sunday with a race on the Homestead-Miami speedway. Details of the race format and further events in the series are yet to be confirmed.
“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 NASCAR’s vice president of racing development Ben Kennedy.
“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.”
The championship said yesterday it intends to hold its full, 36-race calendar despite the disruption caused by Coronavirus.
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