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Wide World of Esports: Bubba’s back on iRacing, Coca-Cola iRacing Series free agency ends, and sim rig envy

We’re closer to the end of the NASCAR offseason than we are to the beginning. Here’s what’s happening in the virtual world in the depths of winter.

Coca-Cola iRacing Series free agency period ends; four new teams join

The eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series is gearing up for its 2021 season. Four new teams will join the series: McLaren Esports, Elliott Sadler Esports, Spacestation Gaming and XSET, each fielding two racers apiece. 

The 40 drivers competing for more than $330,000 in 2021 took the first half of the month to negotiate contracts and find a team for the year. With the free agency period now officially over, the teams have slowly been announcing their driver lineups.

Stay tuned to our Silly Season tracker to learn where each driver will land.

Bubba’s back in business

After a few months away from the sim cockpit, Bubba Wallace hopped back on iRacing — new work-in-progress sim rig and everything.

Oh, and he’s still got it.

Sign of the Times

For the New York Times, Roy Furchgott covered sim racing’s involvement in filling the time when the pandemic shut down real-world racing — and the business aspects of sim-racing sponsorships.

NASCAR Heat 5 Winter Heat Series continues

NASCAR Heat’s Winter Heat Series marches closer toward its third of four races. The New Year 70 takes place on Sunday, Jan. 24 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course.

Upgrade time!

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship finalist Zane Smith is all in. And we have major rig envy.

Smith’s boss at GMS Racing, on the other hand, isn’t having as much fun. You’ll get there, Spencer.

Hermie Sadler’s still winning (on iRacing)

The elder Sadler brother has been racing in NASCAR for a long, long time — and it seems the winning tradition is continuing in the virtual world, too.

More iRacing fun in the offseason

Everybody’s doing it. (Even the kids.)

iRacing paint scheme of the week

Adam Heili painted Bubba Wallace’s DoorDash car racing in the Daytona 500 for 23XI Racing — and he created it for iRacing, too.

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Video of the week

We’re in the depths of the NASCAR offseason. Why not pass the time with a little bowling?