The eNASCAR IGNITE Series will crown its 2019 champion on Thursday night at Martinsville Speedway. As part of NASCAR’s first esports initiative for youth drivers, 30 of the world’s top iRacers, aged 13-16, will take on 100 laps at one of NASCAR’s most historic tracks for the chance to win a life-changing racing scholarship as well as a test day in a NASCAR Pinty’s Series car.
“The eNASCAR IGNITE Series is an important initiative for both NASCAR and iRacing, as we look to identify the future stars of NASCAR,” said Tony Gardner, president, motorsport simulations, iRacing.com. “IGNITE has already identified a number of top drivers, both in real-world racing and other iRacing World Championships, and we’re excited to see what talent will come out of this year’s class during the finale at Martinsville.”
Throughout the summer, hundreds of drivers battled in Legends cars on some of America’s top short tracks and road courses for the opportunity to make the IGNITE playoffs. The top 50 drivers in regular season points then advanced to the four-race playoffs which introduced heat racing as well as NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour cars to the competition. The top 30 drivers from the playoffs earned their ticket to Thursday night’s championship race at Martinsville.
Two competitors in the hunt for the 2019 eNASCAR IGNITE Series title are Parker Retzlaff and Colin Cabre. Retzlaff won the first three races of the IGNITE playoffs, while Cole Cabre scored the most recent victory at New Hampshire Motor Speedway to set up the finale. Retzlaff races a limited schedule in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East with Visconti Motorsports, while Cabre won this year’s iRacing Chili Bowl and has competed in multiple iRacing World Championships with Swindell SpeedLab Esports.
Last year’s inaugural eNASCAR IGNITE Series champion Zack Novak, now competes in the eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series where he is competing for his first series title with Roush Fenway Racing after securing three wins this season.
The eNASCAR IGNITE Series championship race from Martinsville Speedway can be seen live on eNASCAR.com and the iRacing eSports Network on Thursday, September 12 at 9PM ET. For more information on the eNASCAR IGNITE Series, visit www.iracing.com/ignite.