NASCAR, iRacing, and Fox Sports have announced that the opening race of the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Series will air on television. FS1 and the Fox Sports app will carry the event. The event scheduled for March 22 comes in the wake of cancellations of events across the country.
Dale Earnhardt Jr., Bobby Labonte, Kyle Busch, and many more drivers are competing in this historic simulated series. Racers from other NASCAR series such as the NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series will also compete. NASCAR says they will release the full lineup of racers on Sunday. This is one of the first times that we see major sports stars competing in esports on national television.
The new NASCAR product
Fox Sports will be using some of its regular broadcasters, Jeff Gordon, Mike Joy, and Larry McReynolds, for the broadcast. FS1 is branding this new show “FOX NASCAR iRACING.” The broadcast will be 90 minutes long.
“This is a unique opportunity to offer competitive and entertaining racing to our viewers as we all work through these challenging times together,” said Brad Zager, FOX Sports Executive Producer, EVP/Head of Production & Operations in a press release. “We are following CDC guidelines to maintain a safe work environment, as the well-being of all those involved is paramount. We value our relationships across the NASCAR community and appreciate all of the effort that it took in bringing this project to life.”
More to come after eNASCAR?
Soon, we may see esports on TV as a continuous trend as networks fill the void that sports left. We are starting to see an increase in interest for esports. Twitch has played a pretty big role in the suspension of the NBA with many players beginning to stream.
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