DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR and iRacing have announced the formation of the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series, an exhibition esports series featuring many of the sports most talented and popular drivers, including several Ford Performance drivers.
The eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series will provide racing entertainment for sports fans on the premier motorsports racing simulation platform, often used by NASCAR drivers to prepare for race events.
Ford drivers scheduled to participate include 2012 NASCAR Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski, 2018 NASCAR Cup Series champion Joey Logano, 2008 NASCAR Xfinity Series champion Clint Bowyer, Chris Buescher, Matt DiBenedetto, Michael McDowell, John Hunter Nemechek and Austin Cindric.
The 90-minute, simulation-style eSports program with be broadcast on FS1 and the FOX Sports app with FOX NASCAR broadcasters Jeff Gordon, Mike Joy and Larry McReynolds calling the action from the iRacing virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway Sunday, March 22, at 1:30 p.m. ET.
Bowyer, who expanded his role with FOX Sports earlier this year, will serve as the in-car analyst, competing in an iRacing simulator in the FOX NASCAR Charlotte studio.
“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,” said Ben Kennedy, NASCAR’s vice president of racing development. “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.”
NASCAR postponed events through May 3, prioritizing the health and safety of fans, the industry and race communities in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
The remaining race and broadcast details for the multi-week series will be announced at a later date.
WHERE TO GET YOUR RACING FIX THIS WEEKEND:
Friday, March 20 (all times ET)
6 a.m., NASCAR Race Classic: 1998 Daytona 500 (re-air), FS1/FOX Sports App
6:30 a.m., Unrivaled: Earnhardt vs. Gordon (re-air), FS1/FOX Sports App
7:30 a.m., NASCAR Race Classic: 2020 Daytona 500 (re-air), FS1/FOX Sports App
10:30 a.m., NASCAR Race Classic: 2020 FanShield 500 (re-air), FS1/FOX Sports App
Saturday, March 21 (all times ET)
7:30 a.m., NASCAR Race Classic: 2020 Daytona 500 (re-air), FS2/FOX Sports App
10:30 a.m., NASCAR Race Classic: 2020 FanShield 500 (re-air), FS2/FOX Sports App
Sunday, March 22 (all times ET)
1:30 p.m., FOX NASCAR iRacing: eNASCAR iRacing Pro Series Invitational at Homestead-Miami Speedway, FS1/FOX Sports App
1 p.m., 2004 Ford 400