The third round of the eNASCAR Pro Invitational iRacing series takes place today with competitors racing on a virtual BristolMotor Speedway.
Timmy Hill won the race last weekend on a virtual Texas Motor Speedway. Audiences set a record for an eSports event on television.
Here is the information on today’s virtual race:
(All times are Eastern Time)
DIGNITARIES: The co-commissioners are Fox Sports analyst and Wrestlemania host Rob Gronkowski and WWE superstar Mojo Rawley. Singer / actress Rita Wilson will perform the national anthem. Darrell and Stevie Waltrip will give the invocation.
FORMAT: One hour of practice begins at noon. Qualifying begins at 1:05 p.m. to define the queues for the two heat races. The first run should start at 1:08 p.m. The second run should start around 1:30 p.m. All drivers will be transferred to the characteristic race. The results of the heat race will define the programming of the long distance race.
CHARACTERISTICS RACE: Scheduled to start at 2 p.m.
DISTANCE: The Food City Showdown takes place over 150 laps (79.95 miles) around the 0.533-mile virtual oval.
TV / RADIO: FOX and FS1 will broadcast the virtual race. Coverage begins at 1 p.m. The race can also be viewed on the Fox Sports app.
RULES: As this is an exhibition race, drivers will get two full resets in their heat race and the feature race to repair the damage. No precautions in heat races. The cars have fixed configurations. There will be up to three green / white / checkered finish attempts.
CUTTING CONDUCTORS PLANNED FOR COMPETITION: Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski, Austin Dillon, Ross Chastain, Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, Ty Dillon, Clint Bowyer, Chris Buescher, Kyle Busch, Erik Jones, Matt DiBenedetto, Joey Logano, William Byron, Tyler Reddick, Michael McDowell , Ryan Preece, John Hunter Nemechek, Kyle Larson, Bubba Wallace, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Garrett Smithley, Timmy Hill, Alex Bowman and Christopher Bell.
ALSO RACE: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Bobby Labonte, Parker Kligerman and Landon Cassill.
WHAT DRIVERS SAY:
Kyle Busch: “I learned a bit about (iRacing) but overall I felt like we were pretty good at Homestead, coming from the back and picking up a few guys and passing a few cars. Then accidents would happen and I would never be able to slow down or check it out quickly enough. These cars online here, they bounce off the wall a lot faster than they do in real life, so it’s hard to judge how they’re ricocheting and what’s going to happen. Last week in Texas, we were caught in this first wreck. I think being able to qualify ahead of time and get a track position – it would be good to start and it seems important. I’m sure it’s even more important in a place like Bristol, so we’ll see if we can get a good finish this weekend with our M & M’S Camry Messages. “
Clint Bowyer: “There are some guys that when you get on the SIM card in a given week, whether day or evening, you are looking because you know they have experience and track time and time seat in the SIM card and on iRacing. Parker Kligerman, Garrett Smithley, Timmy Hill, William Byron, Alex Bowman, Denny Hamlin, Dale Earnhardt Jr. – these are all guys with a ton of experience. When they get on the circuit, believe me, you have to go out with them and learn as much as you can, follow them and everything in between. You’ll see my Ford Mustang Smithfield behind them so I can figure out how to get there. “
Matt DiBenedetto: “Bristol is my best track in real life. But iRacing has a different feel. It takes a lot of practice to be more comfortable and have the precision you need. “
Austin Dillon: “I am really looking forward to racing on the virtual Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend because the real Bristol Motor Speedway is always a fun time for runners. It’s going to be an interesting race in virtual racing. I think it’s going to be a wreck party because it’s really hard to run virtually on the track. We have all trained a lot, but it will be interesting to see what will happen. … I’m really excited to be part of this race for Dow and I’m planning to have fun with it. “
Erik Jones: “Bristol should be good. This is one of my favorite real-life songs that we have to go to every year. It’s probably going to be very different from the last two weeks. It will be interesting to see where the favorite grove is, as it is split between the top and the bottom in the actual race, so I don’t know what it will look like in iRacing. We will see how it goes. I hope we can run a little better than last week. I have more time this week to train before the race now that I’m settling in at home. I hope I can keep going, go around and go ahead and fight for victory this week. “
Michael McDowell: “I think this weekend’s Pro Invitational Series race on the virtual Bristol Motor Speedway will require a lot of focus and endurance. Some people might think that just because it’s a virtual race, it will be relatively easy to participate. However, the fact is that it still takes a lot of focus to be able to push your car to its limits, while doing your best not to crash with 35 other cars all around you. Fortunately, to help me stay alert and on my game, I have CELSIUS Fitness drinks on board this weekend. Not only will they be the main sponsor of my virtual Ford Mustang # 34, but they’ve also been my fitness drink of choice for a long time. I drink a CELSIUS before each training and each morning of the race. Their drinks taste good and provide me with the energy I need to accomplish any task. “
John Hunter Nemechek: “Bristol is already such a difficult track for us in person and it will be interesting to see what it looks like in a virtual race. The favorite line in Bristol tends to move over the course of the race, and as we have seen in the past two weeks of the eNASCAR iRacing Pro invitation series, anything can happen. That said, I feel pretty good with our # 38 Ford Mustang. I’m also very happy that we can have our YANMAR America partners with us on the car this weekend. I was just emptied of my teeth after I couldn’t run in Atlanta. They are a great group and I am grateful for their unwavering support for Front Row Motorsports since last year. I am delighted that we can take them “with us” this weekend and we look forward to the day when we can see the Ford Mustang # 38 YANMAR on the track as well. “
Tyler Reddick: “So far, I’ve noticed that if you can run right next to the wall, the track is really fast. … It will be interesting to see what will happen at the virtual Bristol Motor Speedway this Sunday. I love the track and I’ve had a lot of success in the past so I’m looking forward to racing. “