NASCAR races have been postponed until at least May 3. Officials hope to return to the track for races at Martinsville on May 8 and 9.
Taking advantage of the new popularity in iRacing, NASCAR has joined up with iRacing for the inaugural eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series. The first race will be held on the FOX Sports Network channel FS1. Racing fans may also view the race via the FOX Sports app.
The 90 minute simulator styled race; some of the sports top drivers from the Gander RV and Outdoors, Xfinity, and NASCAR series will be participating.
Until the races were called off, the drivers would have been battling it out on the mile and a half track at Miami-Homestead. Appropriately, the inaugural iRacing series kicks off at a virtual Miami-Homestead with FOX Sports broadcasters Jeff Gordon, Mike Joy, and Larry McReynolds calling the action much as they do in a normal race.
While he may no longer race every week, Dale Earnhardt Jr leads the list of iRacing drivers to compete in the Pro Invitational Series. Other drivers include Hall of Famer Bobby Labonte, reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin, Chase Elliott, Clint Bowyer, Kyle Larson, Christopher Bell, Bubba Wallace, Chris Buescher, William Byron, Matt DiBenedetto, Austin Dillon, Ty Dillon, Timmy Hill, Michael McDowell, John Hunter Nemechek, Ryan Preece, Garrett Smithley, Erik Jones, Ross Chastain, Parker Kligerman, Landon Cassill and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
The full 35 driver lineup will be announced prior to race start on Sunday. Clint Bowyer will be the in-car race analyst.
Vice president of NASCAR racing development Ben Kennedy spoke on the new series saying, “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. 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.”