In a world lacking in real sports, NASCAR and iRacing have had a unique opportunity in the COVID-19 pandemic. The two have showcased the online racing simulation platform iRacing has continued to develop, and unlike other sports, the simulation has crossover in the talent of its athletes. Real NASCAR drivers can participate and use their real-life talents on the online racing platform.
Concluding the eNASCAR Pro Invitational Series
Moreover, with the eNASCAR Pro Invitational Series being a virtual environment, the participants can race on tracks the NASCAR Cup series don’t and can’t go to. This weekend, the iRacing Pro Invitational Series will conclude its series on Saturday, May 9, at a virtual North Wilkesboro Speedway. The real-life North Wilkesboro Speedway has not hosted a NASCAR Cup Series race for nearly 24 years.
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Denny Hamlin’s Thoughts on North Wilkesboro
No. 11 driver, Denny Hamlin said it will be interesting to race virtually at the former Cup race destination.
“Hats off to Dale Jr. for taking the initiative to get the track cleaned up and scanned by iRacing so that we could do it,” Hamlin said.
“Obviously, I’ll need to run plenty of practice laps leading up to Saturday to get a good feel for it. But it’s a short track, which is right in our wheelhouse.”
Making the Most During Social Distancing
Hamlin said the eNASCAR Pro Invitational Series has been a great supplement for the sport.
“We’ve given fans races to watch, plus gotten some new eyes watching our sport who maybe had never watched a race before,” Hamlin said.
“We’ve been providing live competition on national TV in a way that other sports couldn’t. We’ve also gotten some well-deserved attention for FedEx team members and other organizations they work with for continuing to deliver during these challenging times.”