We’re previewing each team competing in the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series before the 2021 season.
Owner: McLaren, the British automotive company and racing team. Fast-car people.
Hometown: Lima, OH
First season: 2015
19th in 2020 iRacing Pro Series
— Allen Boes (@A_Boes21) January 20, 2021
Hometown: Cypress, TX
First season: 2017
2020 rank: 14
— Blake Reynolds (@breynolds_66) January 20, 2021
Well, McLaren Shadow is a new team in the Coca-Cola iRacing Series for 2021, so that creates for a bit of a challenge in covering previous season highlights, doesn’t it?
Blake Reynolds put together a quietly solid season at Team Dillon eSports but couldn’t channel the magic of the 2019 season where he reached the Championship 4.
As for Allen Boes, 2020 meant a run through the iRacing Road to Pro Series and the winter iRacing Pro Series, clawing his way into the latter’s top 21 to return to the Coca-Cola iRacing Series.
McLaren Shadow throws its hat into the ring for 2021 with a pair of solid series veterans. Allen Boes hasn’t raced in the Coca-Cola iRacing Series since 2017, but in his three seasons at the top level, he has found Victory Lane once each time. Blake Reynolds, on the other hand, is still seeking his first win — even though he has come agonizingly close on a number of occasions.
History suggests Boes will fare well, though plenty has changed in his three seasons away from the series, most notably the intermediate-track aero and horsepower package. And two of the tracks where he has won — Pocono Raceway and Texas Motor Speedway — have since been repaved or reconfigured on iRacing.
Reynolds is a consistent performer, though his one top-five finish throughout 2020 was quite a bit off tune from 2019, where he logged seven top fives, including three runner-up finishes. We know he wants that checkered flag, and he’s determined to get it done with his new team.
Steve’s bold prediction
Blake Reynolds rebounds from an off year in 2020 to contend for a spot in the playoffs. Allen Boes keeps his one-win-per-year streak alive in his second Coca-Cola iRacing Series tour. And maybe, just maybe, the pair will get to do some sort of virtual ride swap with McLaren Formula 1 driver and fellow iRacer Lando Norris.
— McLaren Shadow (@McLarenShadow) January 20, 2021