We’re previewing each team competing in the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series before the 2021 season.
Owner: Williams Racing, longtime Formula 1 team.
No. 29: Zack Nichols
Hometown: Jackson, MI
First season: 2021
15th in 2020 iRacing Pro Series
I've signed with @WilliamsEsports for the 2021 @eNASCARCocaCola Series! I'm beyond thankful for the opportunity you guys have given me and I'm looking forward to this upcoming season! Now lets go get Daytona tomorrow!😎🏁 https://t.co/RFX7sg9cUw
— Zack Nichols (@ZackN24) January 31, 2021
No. 52: Jake Matheson
Hometown: Hillsboro, NH
First season: 2021
10th in 2020 iRacing Pro Series
Here’s the big news! I have signed with @WilliamsEsports for the 2021 @eNASCARCocaCola Series! I’m very excited about this and I’m looking forward to a great season with them. Tomorrow night kicks off the season with the Daytona Clash! https://t.co/HmThgBVjUY
— Jake Matheson (@MathesonRacing) January 31, 2021
Ryan Luza headlined Williams Esports’ success in 2020, winning three consecutive races — the team’s first wins. Luza nearly won the championship until a late-race crash at Homestead knocked him out of contention.
Matt Bussa, the team’s second driver, experienced bad luck piled on top of bad luck, falling out of the top 20 in the season’s final race.
Jake Matheson and Zack Nichols, meanwhile, worked through the Road to Pro Series and the iRacing Pro Series to finally reach the top of the ladder — they’ll join Williams as rookies in 2021.
It’s a bold choice for Williams Esports to sign two drivers brand new to the series for 2021, and the drivers have quite a lot to live up to, following Luza’s stint with the team.
Jake Matheson’s a real-world short-track driver, where he’s won track championships in the Northeast. Clearly, it’s given him an edge to succeed in the iRacing ranks.
Nichols, a fellow real-world racer — indoor racing is his specialty — climbed the iRacing ladder with remarkable consistency in 2020. The Coca-Cola iRacing Series is undoubtedly the toughest test yet, but the points certainly add up when you can “top 10 them to death.”
Steve’s bold prediction
You want a bold prediction? Here’s a bold prediction: These guys are both sleepers for playoff contention. Real-world racing experience is huge, and you don’t simply luck into graduating from both the Road to Pro Series and the iRacing Pro Series. I think Williams Esports knew what they were doing by signing these up-and-comers.
— WILLIAMS ΞSPORTS (@WilliamsEsports) January 31, 2021