SEMA eNews Vol. 23, No. 16, April 16, 2020

Racing News: Race Series Announce Virtual, e-Racing Schedules

Compiled by SEMA Editors

  Racing
Several racing organizers have announced virtual and simulation motorsports events set to take place throughout April and May.
   

As racing schedules around the world have come to a halt due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, several racing organizers have announced virtual and simulation motorsports events set to take place throughout April and May. View the running list, updated regularly, of virtual races, below.

GT Rivals Esports Invitational

The inaugural SRO America GT Rivals Esports Invitational has made its debut in early April. Drivers will go head-to-head in the first round of esports competition in the GT racing simulation game, Assetto Corsa Competizione, at the famed WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. An all-star cast of drivers from SRO America’s series - GT World Challenge America powered by AWS, Pirelli GT4 America, TC America, and GT Sports Club America - will challenge the 2.238-mile, 11-turn circuit set in the hills of Monterey county. They’ll be joined by five Champion Motorsports sim racing league regulars for an epic battle down the Corkscrew. For more information, visit www.gt-world-challenge-america.com.

Jim Beaver eSports eShort Course World Cup

The first-ever Jim Beaver eSports eShort Course World Cup presented by General Tire made its debut on the iRacing platform at the virtual Wild West Motorsports Park and Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park. The first major short course event on iRacing, the Jim Beaver eSports eShort Course World Cup presented by General Tire, pitted drivers in a two-hour, four-race campaign that saw them alternate between Pro 2 and Pro 4 trucks at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park and Wild West Motorsports Park. Plans for future events put on by Jim Beaver eSports will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information, visit www.jimbeaveresports.com.

Lucas Oil eSports

Lucas Oil Products has announced a new eSports program that will focus on virtual competition surrounding the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series on the iRacing platform. In addition, officials announced the opportunity for other racers to compete with its Dirt Late Model stars. Real-life racers with iRacing experience are encouraged to apply for The Open by filling out an entry form. eSports officials will evaluate and determine the drivers who will participate. The complete eSports schedule will be released at a later date. For more information, visit www.lucasoil.com.

Motorsport UK

Motorsport UK has launched the Karting Esports Championship, which will be open to drivers from around the world. The championship is split into three categories, with a class for Motorsport UK license holders aged between 8-11 as well as a 12+ Motorsport UK license holder class. The final category will be for anyone aged 12 and over and open to any driver around the world. For more information and the series schedule, visit www.motorsportuk.org.

NASCAR

Entering its 11th consecutive season, the eNASCAR Forty Coca-Cola iRacing Series features 40 sim racers battling head-to-head across a 20-week schedule. Drivers race virtual replicas of NASCAR Cup Series cars on digital replicas of NASCAR's most iconic tracks, with races taking place Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. (EDT) on www.eNASCAR.com.

eNASCAR Forty Coca-Cola iRacing Series Schedule:

  • Round 6: Dover, April 28, Dover International Speedway
  • Round 7: Charlotte, May 12, Charlotte Motor Speedway
  • Round 8: Atlanta, May 26, Atlanta Motor Speedway
  • All-Star Race, June 16, TBD

POWRi

POWRi Lucas Oil West Midget League has announced a schedule for iRacing competition events. The POWRi West League will oversee all race-day duties including entry, timing, and scoring. Drivers from around the globe are eligible to compete as long as they meet specific computer requirements to run the iRacing program. Drivers must also prove their on-track skills in a qualifying race, which limits the top 50 participants for the main feature. POWRi TV will broadcast each iRacing event, which is set for Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. CST, for free. The on-track action resumes Tuesday, April 14, at Fairbury Speedway, and will conclude Tuesday, May 5, at Eldora Speedway. For more information, visit www.powri.com.

Road To Indy Presented by Cooper Tires

The Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires has gone virtual with a new e-series. The e-series allows drivers from Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship to compete against one another using race simulators. Drivers will continue to compete using Cooper Tires in the virtual series, as the tire manufacturer provided iRacing with performance data to allow similar handling and tire performance like on-track competition. Races will be held each Saturday through the end of April. The series is set to visit the IMS road course on April 11. Races can be viewed on several platforms, including facebook.com/coopertire, as well as through the Road to Indy TV website and app. For more information, visit www.roadtoindy.tv.

SCCA

Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) has introduced the Hoosier eSports Super Tour, a virtual representation of the analog, real-world Hoosier Super Tour that runs at bucket list tracks across the country. The series features five race groups each weekend on the iRacing platform with the Global Mazda MX-5 Cup as the main event. Seasoned Runoffs announcers Gregg Ginsberg and Larry MacLeod provide color commentary of the live streamed races, which will be broadcasted on the SCCA Facebook page and the SCCA YouTube channel each Saturday. Competition is open to any current SCCA member. The weekly schedule concludes May 16, at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. For more information, visit www.scca.com.

Supercars

The Australia-based Supercars series has formed the BP Supercars All Stars Eseries, which will run a nearly 10-week schedule on Wednesdays through mid-May. Supercars drivers will log-in from home using the iRacing platform, and teams will use current Holden ZB Commodore and Ford Mustang Supercars available with liveries of their own choosing. The events will be broadcasted and live streamed across Twitch and Supercars’ digital channels. The All Stars Eseries will run prior to the third installment of the Supercars Eseries using sim-racing experts, which will begin later this year. The complete schedule can be found here. For more information, visit www.supercars.com.

For more racing news, visit the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) website.

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