The 2020 schedule for the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series just dropped, featuring plenty of tweaks and improvements fit to crown this year’s champion with brand-new series sponsor Coca-Cola.
Excited? We’re excited. Thrilled, even.
A field of 40 of the world’s best sim racers will take to iRacing’s virtual laser-scanned tracks Tuesday nights, competing for a tripled prize pool of over $300,000. That’s a lot of Coca-Cola.
Season 11 kicks off February 11 for 100 laps of action at Daytona International Speedway.
The preseason exhibition race last Tuesday at Daytona had no shortage of action, ending with a Big One to end all Big Ones. Just knocking off that winter rust, you know?
The Coca-Cola iRacing Series schedule expands from 18 races to 20 races in 2020 (seems appropriate) culminating in a four-race, eight-driver playoffs. Regular-season races take place every other Tuesday night at 9:00 p.m. ET from February through October.
The playoffs, reserved for the top eight drivers in points following Race 16 at Talladega Superspeedway, begin at the tricky Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval October 8, then move to back-to-back 1.5-milers: Kansas Speedway and an elimination race at Texas Motor Speedway.
Like the NASCAR Cup Series, the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series will end its season at Phoenix Raceway for the first time ever in 2020. The highest finisher at the 1-mile oval among the Championship 4 will walk away with an insane $100,000 – the highest-ever prize in series history. So, yeah, things are likely to get heated in the desert.
Last year’s season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway aired live on NBCSN, where Roush Fenway Racing’s Zack Novak walked away $40,000 richer after a spirited battle with Keegan Leahy. Novak moves to Richmond Raceway Esports for the 2020 season, while Leahy joins upstart Denny Hamlin Racing, owned by two-time Daytona 500 champion Denny Hamlin.
The 40 eligible drivers raced their way into the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series by either finishing top 20 in 2019 series points, or qualifying their way in through the off-season iRacing Pro Series, won by four-time Coca-Cola iRacing Series champion Ray Alfalla.
Drivers race on one of 20 teams that range from esports outfits like Renegades and G2 Esports, to NASCAR Cup Series teams like Wood Brothers Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing, Roush Fenway Racing, and Stewart-Haas Racing, to esports-specialized organizations founded by NASCAR drivers, like William Byron eSports, Kyle Larson Racing, and Denny Hamlin Racing.
Catch live streams of all 20 points races Tuesdays at 9:00 p.m. ET on eNASCAR.com, Facebook.com/NASCAR, YouTube.com/NASCAR, or twitch.tv/iRacing.