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New eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series Formed

A new exhibition esports series, the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series, has been formed, NASCAR and iRacing announced Tuesday evening (March 17).

The simulation-style series will have competitors from the top three NASCAR national touring series as well as former drivers. Some of these include Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer, Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell.

This will offer fans another form of entertainment, since NASCAR postponed all events through May 3 because of the coronavirus outbreak.

“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,” Ben Kennedy, vice president, racing development, NASCAR, said. “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 first race of the series begins Sunday, March 22 at 1:30 p.m. ET on the virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway. More races and broadcast details will be announced at a later date.

About the author

Joy joined Frontstretch in 2019 as a NASCAR DraftKings writer, expanding to news and iRacing coverage in 2020. She's currently an assistant editor and involved with photos, social media and news editing. A California native, Joy was raised as a motorsports fan and started watching NASCAR extensively in 2001. She earned her B.A. degree in Liberal Studies at California State University Bakersfield in 2010.

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Wish Iracing wasn’t so expensive, but guess then you would fill the track with more immature NASCAR heat 4 kids that just wreck everyone every race. I really enjoy the computer racing games as I came from a low income family and never got to pursue real racing. Played NASCAR 2000 growing up until our Window 98 computer died and going to the Onaway MI Speedway growing up was always a treat! Even got to ride shotgun in one of the cars one year ?

NASCAR Heat is enjoyable to play but the most annoying aspect of the game is the fact that your car never DNF’s. You can barrel roll 500 times and blow the engine and just go to pit road and its like new. Kids would actually learn how to race and not just wreck everyone if they actually could cut a tire down, get suspension damage, or DNF like the older game models. This arcade style gaming has straight up ruined most of the games my generation grew up playing.

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