FOX will air virtual NASCAR races using real drivers following the success of the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Series Invitational on Sunday.
If you’ve been going through NASCAR withdraws during the coronavirus quarantine, you’re now in luck. While the car-racing isn’t coming back to the tracks yet, there is a reprieve from the silence. FOX has decided to air the remainder of its eNASCAR iRacing Pro Series Invitational season, due to the success of the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Series Invitational opener last week.
Names like Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Bobby Labonte who headlined the eNASCAR race helded to draw in over 900,000 viewers, according to Ign.com. Well known drivers such as Three-time Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin, will be competing online and their races will air on the network.
Hamlin took home the first win on Sunday.
They will be playing through the PC game, iRacing.
“This rapid-fire collaboration between FOX Sports, NASCAR, and iRacing obviously has resonated with race fans, gamers, and television viewers across the country in a very positive way,” FOX Sports Executive Producer Brad Zager said in an official press release. “We have learned so much in a relatively short period of time, and we are excited to expand coverage of this brand-new NASCAR esports series to an even wider audience.”
The familiar voices of NASCAR, Jeff Gordon, Mike Joy, and Larry McReynolds, will be doing the commentary, so if you squint your eyes you’ll never know it wasn’t an actual live race.
At press time, the races were NASCAR postpones all races through May 3 due to the coronavirus through April.
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