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
No. 9: Michael Guest
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
First season: 2018
2020 rank: 25th
— Michael Guest (@MGuest33) January 8, 2021
No. 15: Caine Cook
Hometown: Blue Springs, MO
First season: 2019
2020 rank: 15th
The boys are back in town ✒️, gonna be a great year! https://t.co/JqE48NpkaL
— Caine Cook (@caine_cook) January 8, 2021
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.
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.
— Jim Beaver eSports (@JBeavereSports) January 8, 2021