Byron Happy Hour

Wide World of Esports: Heat Pro League championship finale, Daytona Road Course prep, and Pollard at the Glen


NASCAR drivers use iRacing to prepare for a new track

New track in the Daytona Road course? No practice in advance? Enter iRacing. Plenty of drivers hit the sim ahead of last weekend’s race to get a little bit familiar with the 3.61-mile road course.

Navigating The Glen

This past week was Watkins Glen week on iRacing. Bernard Pollard Jr., who’s rising through the sim-racing ranks, turned to Twitter for some advice on how to get around the road course.

Maybe he’ll get a little bit of advice from a road-racing pro in AJ Allmendinger.

iRacing Happy Hour before the Daytona Road Course

William Byron, Chase Briscoe and Ty Majeski took some time Wednesday night for an iRacing Happy Hour before a weekend of racing at the Daytona Road Course.

With no official practice sessions in the real cars, it was the perfect opportunity for iRacing to shine – plus, everybody had a little fun in the process.

Tomorrow: Heat Pro League championship finale

With an insane $70,000 on the line, the eNASCAR Heat Pro League will wrap up its second season in a three-race elimination-style showdown Wednesday night.

For the first time ever, all 28 series drivers will compete on the same track at the same time. Eight drivers will contend for the title, and the champ will walk away with $30,000.

A unique variety of tracks – Michigan, Phoenix, and Bristol – is sure to prove challenging for the fastest console gamers around.

Catch the action at eNASCAR.com/live Wed., Aug. 19 at 8 p.m. ET.

Conti goes podcasting

eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series driver Michael Conti – always the well-spoken ambassador for sim racing – spent some time talking about esports on the FUTRSPRT podcast this week.

Coca-Cola iRacing Series: Five in a row for the road-course master

Bobby Zalenski is the king of road courses in the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series, and he proved it yet again Tuesday night in the series’ inaugural trip to the Daytona International Speedway Road Course. Zalenski, driving for Team VRS, qualified on pole and led every single lap, beating second-place finisher Jimmy Mullis by nearly 19 seconds – a series record.

It was Zalenski’s fifth straight road-course win; since joining the series in 2017, he’s never lost a road race.

The Coca-Cola iRacing Series visits Daytona again next week – the 2.5-mile superspeedway this time.

iRacing Paint Scheme of the Week

Feeling hungry? Feeling nostalgic? JR Motorsports graphic designer Ryan Williams has the cure with the iRacing version of Michael Annett’s NASCAR Xfinity Series throwback ride.

Annett Throwback Wide World Esports Aug 18 Enascar 2020

Video of the Week

Sometimes, even the most experienced champions have rookie moments – just ask 2014 Coca-Cola iRacing Series champ Michael Conti.