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Coca-Cola iRacing Series season in review: 31st and beyond


With the record-setting 2020 eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series season in the rearview mirror, we’re breaking down the season driver by driver for the world’s fastest sim racers. This week, it’s the first of four parts of our postseason review.

38. Brian Schoenburg, No. 79 Clint Bowyer Racing

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0 Wins
0 Top 5s
0 Top 10s
Average Finish: 30
Laps Led: 8
Incidents: 97

Brian Schoenburg’s still chasing that first career victory after 162 Coca-Cola iRacing Series starts. It didn’t happen in 2020, and after finishing last in points among full-time drivers, he’ll need to work his way through the iRacing Pro Series to try to make it happen in 2021.

37. Santiago Tirres, No. 4 Letarte Esports

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0 Wins
0 Top 5s
0 Top 10s
Average Finish: 28
Laps Led: 0
Incidents: 136

It was a tough rookie season for Santi Tirres, who racked up the second-most incident points out of all series drivers in 2020. Tirres impressed in last year’s iRacing Pro Series, where he’ll return over the winter in hopes of making a Coca-Cola iRacing Series sophomore season.

36. Steve Sheehan, No. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing

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0 Wins
0 Top 5s
1 Top 10
Average Finish: 25
Laps Led: 0
Incidents: 94

Steve Sheehan’s comeback season didn’t exactly go according to plan. Sheehan, a four-time race winner, made his first series starts since 2013, but struggled to get back up to speed, finishing a season-best 10th place at Dover International Speedway in April. Mid-pack pace often means finding the eye of the storm, as evidenced by the fact the No. 47 was snarled by incidents in 19 out of 20 races – all but the February race at Daytona International Speedway.

35. Jarl Teien, No. 66 G2 Esports

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0 Wins
0 Top 5s
2 Top 10s
Average Finish: 26
Laps Led: 66
Incidents: 122

Jarl Teien’s often-contrary pit strategy didn’t net him the results he’d hoped, even later in the season where tire-set limits created chances for drivers to really roll the dice. It was, by many accounts, an off year for the Norwegian, who finished a solid 14th in points in 2019 and was expected to contend again in 2020.

34. Alex McCollum, No. 54 G2 Esports

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0 Wins
1 Top 5
3 Top 10s
Average Finish: 25
Laps Led: 4
Incidents: 114

Rookie Alex McCollum will look for redemption in the iRacing Pro Series over the winter after a struggle of a first season in the big leagues. He nearly stole a win at Michigan International Speedway in July, until a caution flag flew moments before taking the white flag as the leader to force an overtime. Solid runs at Daytona and Bristol Motor Speedway proved he has chops – but he’d probably like a little more consistency, too.

33. Phil Diaz, No. 75 Mode Motorsports

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0 Wins
1 Top 5
1 Top 10
Average Finish: 25
Laps Led: 3
Incidents: 94

Aside from a would-be-fairytale victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where he ended up finishing second, Phil Diaz struggled to post results in his fourth Coca-Cola iRacing Series season. He’ll return to the iRacing Pro Series over the winter in hopes of returning in 2021 – the first time he has been relegated.

32. Malik Ray, No. 51 Joe Gibbs Racing

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0 Wins
1 Top 5
3 Top 10s
Average Finish: 24
Laps Led: 29
Incidents: 94

It was an up-and-down season for rookie Malik Ray, who showed promise in several races throughout the season – most notably an incident-free fifth-place finish at Darlington Raceway, of all places. Ray often faced miserable luck, ending up in the wrong place at the wrong time – many times while contending for a good finish. He’ll have to fight his way for a spot in the 2021 Coca-Cola Series field, which will sure to make for some entertaining Twitch viewing over the winter.

31. Justin Bolton, No. 10 Stewart-Haas Esports

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0 Wins
0 Top 5s
2 Top 10s
Average Finish: 23
Laps Led: 2
Incidents: 131

Justin Bolton’s season was another case of bad luck piled on top of bad luck. The Stewart-Haas Racing real-world race engineer made a return to the Coca-Cola iRacing Series after a few seasons away, but he seemed to have a hard time avoiding trouble – racking up 131 incident points, third-most among full-time drivers. The sim-racing veteran is hopeful for a little more good fortune over the winter in order to return to the series and chase his first career victory.

Catch our season review of eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series drivers ranked 21st-30th on eNASCAR.com next week.