Published: Sun, March 22, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

How to watch NASCAR stars face off in iRacing on Sunday

How to watch NASCAR stars face off in iRacing on Sunday

Those missing races created a void, and NASCAR, iRacing and Fox Sports have worked quickly to fill it.

Fox Sports 1 will broadcast a race on iRacing featuring numerous current and former NASCAR drivers on Sunday.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer, Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell are all expected to compete in the iRacing Pro Series. The broadcast will be 90 minutes long.

If you're not familiar with iRacing, and most sports fans likely aren't, it may seem a bit ridiculous that Fox is actually broadcasting a video game. iRacing, however, is far beyond any other sports simulation on the market in terms of realism, and several professional drivers in various NASCAR series originally learned how to race using the game. It might, however, serve as a crash course on esports for millions of people.

Sunday will see the stars of the NASCAR Cup Series take to the track at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The eNASCAR will launch with 3 leagues namely: eNASCAR Heat Pro League, eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series, and eNASCAR IGNITE Series.

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No races have been officially canceled and NASCAR plans to make up all eight races that are now postponed through May 3.

"This is a unique opportunity to offer competitive and entertaining racing to our viewers as we all work through these challenging times together", FOX Sports executive producer Brad Zager said. "We value our relationships across the NASCAR community and appreciate all of the effort that it took in bringing this project to life". The first online race will be hosted on the digital version of Homestead-Miami Speedway.

"We are following CDC guidelines to maintain a safe work environment, as the well-being of all those involved is paramount".

The 35-car lineup will also include drivers from both the Xfinity and Trucks series. In essence, iRacing has become the closest thing to real-life racing from setups, to tracks, and everything in between.

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