An impression from the Gran Turismo Environment Tour 2019 Finals. Now real-environment NASCAR drivers are heading digital, too. / Reuters

 

DAYTONA Beach, Fla. — Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch and other NASCAR drivers have signed on to race in an exhibition esports series although their autos are stored off the tracks amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

NASCAR and iRacing introduced the formation of the eNASCAR iRacing Professional Invitational Series on Tuesday night time, hoping to give fans choice viewing with the NASCAR period on maintain right up until at least May possibly three.

The multi-7 days series will start Sunday with a digital levels of competition at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Remaining races and broadcast facts are anticipated to be introduced at a afterwards day.

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

“Until we have autos back again on monitor, the entire NASCAR neighborhood has aligned to supply our passionate fans with a exceptional, enjoyment and competitive practical experience on race day,” said Ben Kennedy, NASCAR’S vice president of racing growth. “Our long-time partners at iRacing offer an extraordinary products and we are enthusiastic to see how numerous of our very best drivers will stack up in the digital domain of competitive racing.”

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