Allgaier Throwback Iracing Wide World Enascar 2020

Wide World of Esports: Week 13, Steve Sheehan’s sponsorship signage and a Dale Jr. throwback

Another preview of Nashville Fairgrounds

We’re excited for iRacing’s release of the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway (understatement alert), so we love when iRacing staffers can’t help but tease us with preview shots of the track – like when iRacing’s Senior VP of Product Development Greg Hill tweeted some great-looking screenshots of the track Sunday.

The new short track joins the iRacing service in next week’s build.

Behave on this Week 13

Traditionally, Week 13 on iRacing – the week before a new quarterly build between 12-week racing seasons – is the goof-around week where fun is the name of the game. It’s where unusual car-track combinations are tested, and you’ll probably find yourself laughing more than holding a death-grip on the wheel.

However, this Week 13 is a little different thanks to the leap year. Races will count as official, normal races, and a Week 14 will be in effect next week to coincide with the new iRacing build. In other words, be on your best behavior for one more week.

Coca-Cola iRacing Series: Zalenski doubles down in Daytona

Daytona International Speedway is Bobby Zalenski’s house.

One race after dominating the first-ever eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series event at the Daytona International Speedway Road Course, he followed the performance Tuesday with another win from the pole at the track’s traditional superspeedway oval.

This time, Zalenski faced a little more competition; he bested the field in a three-wide battle to the checkers compared to his previous 19-second margin-of-victory slaughtering. Eric J. Smith finished a career-best second, while the defending series champ came home third.

The Coca-Cola iRacing Series heads to Darlington Raceway next Tuesday as the playoffs inch closer. In fact, we’ll know the eight drivers who advance in one month on the dot.

Steve Sheehan makes debut with JTG Daugherty Racing

The eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series comeback season for Steve Sheehan continues in a new ride. Last Tuesday at Daytona, Sheehan, who was previously the last independent driver in the series, made his first start for JTG Daugherty Racing. He replaced Jeremy R. Allen, who stepped away from the series due to personal reasons.

We certainly don’t believe we’ve heard the last of Allen, who made his return to the Coca-Cola iRacing Series this season after having last raced at the top level in 2012.

As for Sheehan, well, bust out the cardboard.

Learn a thing or two, iRacers!

New race-fan-turned-iRacer Bernard Pollard experienced his first-ever Daytona week on iRacing – and after watching a relatively clean opening to Saturday night’s NASCAR Cup Series Coke Zero Sugar 400, the NFL veteran wished for the same in the virtual world.

Congrats to Byron, the boss

When William Byron scored his first-career NASCAR Cup Series victory at Daytona Saturday, among the two fastest to congratulate him were his own iRacing drivers. William Byron eSports racers Nick Ottinger and John Gorlinsky – who worked together in their own Daytona race Tuesday – sent in their well wishes to their team owner, who clinched a spot in the 2020 NASCAR Playoffs.

We like to think Byron, the sim-racing veteran, learned a thing or two on iRacing.

Malik Ray’s unofficial fan council weighs in

Joe Gibbs Racing Coca-Cola iRacing Series driver Malik Ray took to Twitter for some feedback via poll. Is he too aggressive? Is racing around the pro sim racer scary?

Looks like the answer is no. Ray is not aggressive enough, says the audience.

iRacing paint scheme of the week

Ryan Williams designed – both for real-life and for iRacing – Justin Allgaier’s throwback paint scheme, taking cues from a classic Dale Earnhardt Jr. ride.

Allgaier Throwback Iracing Wide World Enascar 2020

Williams, the iRacing-painter-gone-JR Motorsports-graphic-designer, made an appearance in the team’s unveiling video, too.

Video of the week

There’s so much happening here, and most of it is Steve Sheehan’s makeshift sponsor signage shenanigans.