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Jim Beaver Esports Team Preview 2021 Enascar

2021 Coca-Cola Series team preview: Jim Beaver eSports

We’re previewing each team competing in the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series ahead of the 2021 season.

Jim Beaver eSports

Owner: Jim Beaver, action motorsports enthusiast and creator of the Down & Dirty Radio Show
Manufacturer: Ford
Twitter: @jbeaveresports

2021 drivers

No. 9: Michael Guest
Age: 23
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
Twitter: @MGuest33
First season: 2018
2020 rank: 25th

No. 15: Caine Cook
Age: 26
Hometown: Blue Springs, MO
Twitter: @caine_cook
First season: 2019
2020 rank: 15th

2020 highlights

Jim Beaver eSports took to the track with drivers Eric J. Smith and Michael Guariglia in the 2020 season. While Smith showed superspeedway prowess and Guariglia nearly stole a win in the Kansas playoff race, the team was shut out from Victory Lane (though the team’s four top fives were welcome). Suboptimal points finishes in both the Coca-Cola iRacing Series and the iRacing Pro Series means neither driver will return to the series in 2021, ending two-year stints at the top level for the pair.

As for the team’s new drivers, Michael Guest and Caine Cook, 2020 was a bit kinder. Guest scored four top-10 finishes with Team Dillon eSports, while Caine Cook nabbed a pair of top fives and seven top 10s.

2021 outlook

With a full driver reboot, there’s a lot of upside for Jim Beaver eSports heading into the team’s third season. Neither Guest nor Cook has won in the series, but both drivers have shown the potential to run up front.

In particular, Cook’s season trended upward in the second half, ending with a fifth-place run at Homestead. He also led laps at Las Vegas and Michigan, tracks using a similar racing package.

Guest, like Cook, tends to fare well at intermediate tracks — and he led laps in the last two races of the season. Though he was shut out of top-five finishes in 2020, we expect his three seasons’ worth of experience in a field chock-full of rookies could give him an edge and help him inch closer to that first career victory.

Steve’s bold prediction

I believe it’s time: Jim Beaver eSports will win a race in 2021. I won’t say which driver will grab the checkers first — both Michael Guest and Caine Cook are due, and they could break through at any time — but I think it’s going to happen this year. Both drivers will make the top 20 and guarantee themselves their spots in 2022.