The eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series marches on to the virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway Tuesday for the first race of the 2020 season at a 1.5-mile track. A record $300,000 season purse is up for grabs as 40 of the world’s best sim racers fight for top honors.
Race 3 of 20
134 laps (2019 race was 140 laps)
Previous winners at Homestead
Four-time series champ Ray Alfalla is the only driver to win multiple races at Homestead, his home track. And, of course, don’t forget inaugural race winner John Gorlinsky’s in the midst of his return tour.
2019: Zack Novak
2018: Ray Alfalla
2017: Ryan Luza
2016: PJ Stergios
2015: Ray Alfalla
2014: Kenny Humpe
2013: Peter Bennett
2012: Kevin King
2011: John Gorlinsky
Last Year: Novak bests Leahy for the championship
In a battle for the ages, last year’s championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway came down to eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series juggernauts Zack Novak and Keegan Leahy. A final-corner surge by Leahy, who resolved to pass Novak cleanly to win the championship, wasn’t enough to catch Novak, who went on to win the race and title.
This year’s race is the first time an event at Homestead-Miami Speedway isn’t the final race of the season.
Last Race: Crowder wins at Fontana
It’s been a long three weeks, hasn’t it? Burton Kligerman Esports driver Ashton Crowder claimed his second career victory at Auto Club Speedway way back on February 25, holding off a hard-charging Garrett Lowe in the closing laps.
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) February 26, 2020
— Ashton Crowder (@AshtonCrowder) February 26, 2020
Points picture after two races
Fontana winner Ashton Crowder tops the standings after strong performances out of the gate, tied in points count with Bobby Zalenski of Team VRS.
1) Ashton Crowder, 78 points
2) Bobby Zalenski, -0 points
3) John Gorlinsky, -7
4) Keegan Leahy, -13
5) Ray Alfalla, -13
6) Nick Ottinger, -16
7) Brad Davies, -21
8) Jimmy Mullis, -21
9) Garrett Lowe, -22
10) Casey Kirwan, -24
The top eight drivers in points following the regular-season finale on Oct. 1 at Talladega Superspeedway continue to the playoffs. The series champion is awarded $100,000.
What to expect
Rolling into Homestead-Miami Speedway — the first 1.5-mile track on the schedule — will have a bit of a different feel this year since it’s now a regular-season race instead of the championship finale, as it’s been for the past decade.
We’re keeping an eye on the usual suspects in our Power Rankings — mostly, we’ve got a hunch Denny Hamlin Racing driver Keegan Leahy’s going to go one spot better than his Homestead performance last October. Don’t forget, he dominated much of the race and started from the pole.
Still, the performance of points leader Ashton Crowder in the two opening races of the season, including a win in Fontana, came as a bit of a surprise, and it’s certainly not out of the question for someone to surprise everybody again. Perhaps someone to keep an eye on is John Gorlinsky, who’s third in points in his return to the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series after six seasons away. He’s a past Homestead winner, after all.
We’re also curious to see if defending series champion Zack Novak can rebound from a rough start to 2020 that’s left him 35th in points. There’s still plenty of time until the championship playoffs are set, and the site of Novak’s last win could be the place to start the turnaround.
How to watch
Round 3 of the season airs live Tuesday, Mar. 17 at 9 p.m. ET.
Catch the racing action streamed live: