iRacing … on my TV?
Stars of the eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series — plus racer Parker Kligerman — put on a show in eNASCAR’s national television debut Thursday on NBCSN’s NASCAR America for 70 laps of racing action at the virtual Iowa Speedway.
Despite Kligerman’s pole starting position, series standouts Nick Ottinger and Ryan Luza quickly made their way to the front of the field battled for the top spot much of the race, using multiple grooves and changing track positions to try to gain an advantage against one another.
In the end, Ottinger performed a last-lap crossover move on Luza, who made one final attempt at taking the top spot by driving his FlipSid3 Tactics Toyota hard into Turn 3. Ottinger slid underneath Luza’s car and edged his JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet ahead by just a nose at the start-finish line to take the victory in the non-points race.
What a finish! https://t.co/pHkm6GVr4z
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) July 25, 2019
That was a heck of a lot of fun to get this @JTGRacing @kroger team a win on live TV! Can't believe how much sim-racing and @iRacing has grown this year. This is what us as sim-racers race for, opportunities like this. Thanks to everyone @NBCSN for a fantastic opportunity! pic.twitter.com/hd5IYs3EUE
— Nick Ottinger (@NickOttinger) July 25, 2019
What a race for the first time having @iRacing televised live on @NASCARonNBC! @RyanLuza runs an amazing race with a neck and neck finish as he claims the #2 spot in the eNASCAR iRacing All-Star 2019 Race.
— FlipSid3 Tactics (@FlipSid3Tactics) July 25, 2019
Congrats man! Awesome race. Amazing job by all the drivers and what an night for sim-racing/ eSports. https://t.co/ap6MSXLwiN
— Parker Kligerman (@pkligerman) July 25, 2019
— Steve Myers (@iRacingMyers) July 25, 2019
I still find it hard to believe this screenshot is real 😅🙏 pic.twitter.com/FkEvAR0SgL
— Evan Posocco🎙️ (@evanposocco) July 30, 2019
You know you’re doing something right when you inspire William Byron, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver who inspired countless iRacers.
Inspired me to run a little bit pic.twitter.com/4UMYHQPR35
— William Byron (@WilliamByron) July 25, 2019
— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) July 25, 2019
iRacing’s Myers on ‘Letarte on Location’
In a wonderful meshing of Steves, iRacing Executive Vice President and Executive Producer Steve Myers joined Steve Letarte for Letarte’s “Letarte on Location” podcast at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Together with Dale Earnhardt Jr. — oh, yeah, he was there, too — the three spoke about the impact of iRacing to the racing scene today.
It’s worth a listen.
— Steve Letarte (@SteveLetarte) July 24, 2019
Really enjoyed this conversation with @SteveLetarte and @DaleJr. It is pretty evident after you listen to this how instrumental Dale has been in the growth of @iRacing through the years. Thanks for having me on Steve. https://t.co/acCQP3bsed
— Steve Myers (@iRacingMyers) July 24, 2019
Burton-Kligerman Esports Signs Sponsor
PEAK iRacing Series team Burton-Kligerman Esports announced SteadyMD will join the organization, owned by Jeff Burton and Parker Kligerman, placing its logos on Logan Clampitt’s No. 99 and Ashton Crowder’s No. 77 machines.
Let’s give them a warm welcome all! pic.twitter.com/DyIWAZc4bS
— BurtonKligermanEsports (@BurtKligEsports) July 25, 2019
Clampitt hung out with the NASCAR on NBC crew at Pocono Raceway over the weekend.
— Logan Clampitt (@lclampitt44) July 28, 2019
He even met his/ everyone’s childhood hero @DaleJr
— BurtonKligermanEsports (@BurtKligEsports) July 29, 2019
Super jealous. All of us peak drivers need a LAN event.
— Brandon Hayse Kettelle (@BrandonKettelle) July 29, 2019
What does it cost?
Racers Timmy Hill and Malik Ray dispelled some myths about the cost to compete at a high level, proving esports lends itself more to driver skill and comfort than to the most expensive equipment.
Wheel & pedal set 300$
Computer was 700$ that I paid for 6 years ago.
This low budget @iRacing setup was ranked NO.1 overall on ovals. You make it as expensive as you want it to be.
Link ➡️ https://t.co/DuRMbZtBKT
— Timmy Hill (@TimmyHillRacer) July 29, 2019
It’s been upgraded severely now thanks to Sim Seats but I raced on a TV and plastic DFGT pedals for 8 years 😂. This is what I ran up until about Richmond of this year. https://t.co/qrLkClaAub pic.twitter.com/EBsurx4onF
— Malik (@MalikRay90) July 29, 2019
Dig hard on a $300 wheel and pedal set and earn yourself a sponsor. https://t.co/vJDcGCWLIX
— Chris Overland (@ChrisOverland47) July 30, 2019
PEAK iRacing Series: Mullis Conquers the Tricky Triangle
Jimmy Mullis finished one spot better than his runner-up effort in Kentucky by scoring the victory at Pocono Raceway in the eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series Tuesday night. Mullis held off Casey Kirwan in an overtime finish — the second-ever in the series. Rookie Malik Ray scored a career-best third-place finish after pushing Richmond Raceway eSports teammate Mullis on the final restart.
Ryan Luza reclaimed his spot at the top of the standings, while the battle for eighth place tightened even further with just two races remaining before the playoffs begin. A setback took Zack Novak of Roush Fenway Racing from leading 37 laps to finishing 35th — now one point out of the playoffs, despite leading the series in wins this year.
The PEAK iRacing Series heads next to Michigan August 6.
Heat Pro League: GoFas, Stewart-Haas Score at the Brickyard
The inaugural eNASCAR Heat Pro League playoffs loom, but the pressure didn’t stop GoFasMatt32 Wednesday at Indianapolis, who scored the victory for GoFas Gaming on Xbox.
On PlayStation, SHG_HotRod_14p from Stewart-Haas Gaming held off FasFed32 of GoFas Gaming in a green-white-checkered finish.
What an incredible #eNASCARHeat Pro League race @IMS last night! Congrats to @GoFasGaming32 & @StewartHaasGmng on their wins, but @heale_matthew
locked in their team into the playoffs with his first win of the season.
— NASCAR Heat (@NASCARHeat) July 25, 2019
The Heat Pro League makes its way to Michigan August 7.
Paint Scheme of the Week
As NASCAR prepares for all sorts of road courses in August, Nicholas Doucette reminds us of Jacques Villeneuve’s memorable foray into NASCAR as a road-course ringer, re-creating his familiar 2010 Xfinity Series paint scheme.
Video of the Week
Casey Kirwan nearly scored a victory in the PEAK iRacing Series at Pocono Raceway Tuesday, and it turned out battling Jimmy Mullis for the win in overtime wasn’t the most stressful part of his night — it was weaving through a multi-car crash.
Kirwan’s reaction says it all (and some top-notch work from the spotter, by the way).