We’re previewing each team competing in the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series before the 2021 season.
Owner: XSET, esports organization and gaming brand.
No. 4: Ryan Luza
Hometown: Cypress, TX
First season: 2017
2020 rank: 4th
Beyond excited to announce I’ve joined @XSETGAMING for the 2021 @eNASCARCocaCola @iRacing Series! Super stoked to be alongside teammate @CaseyKirwan23 and @NASCAR driver @anthonyalfredo! Can’t wait to #reptheset ❌ by putting that 🔥 scheme up front!
Please drop a follow!! pic.twitter.com/5jmW2zaijs
— Ryan Luza (@RyanLuza) January 29, 2021
No. 38: Casey Kirwan
Hometown: Matthews, NC
First season: 2018
2020 rank: 19th
Joined @XSETGAMING for the @eNASCARCocaCola @iRacing Series alongside @RyanLuza and @anthonyalfredo. Super pumped to get going this season and get them in victory lane. Everyone go give them a follow. #RepTheSet ❌ pic.twitter.com/OwuztC9FOS
— Casey Kirwan (@CaseyKirwan23) January 29, 2021
XSET didn’t have a presence in the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series in 2020. Welcome, new challengers.
Ryan Luza, the 2017 champ, had a stellar season for Williams Esports, picking up three consecutive wins and ultimately making the championship finals. Unfortunately for Luza, his bid for a second title and $100,000 at Homestead was cut short after tangling with Bobby Zalenski late.
Casey Kirwan’s season, behind the wheel of a Denny Hamlin Racing Toyota, was highlighted by a win at Michigan in July. Otherwise, he seemed oft-doomed to bad luck and misfortune — he entered the finale below the top-20 relegation line — but a gutsy drive in overtime ultimately made the difference to bring him back for a fourth season.
Ryan Luza leads the series in win percentage — he’s won in an average of one of every five starts — and there’s no reason to believe that’ll change in 2021. Luza spent the offseason racing real-world late models — always racing, that one. He’s no doubt got the famous Homestead incident replaying over and over in his head, thinking about what $100,000 would do for his race team.
Kirwan’s now won races in two consecutive seasons. Even though he didn’t log the results he’d hoped in 2020, he’s still a top-shelf driver — not to mention quite a bit of fun to watch streaming during each race.
Steve’s bold prediction
Ryan Luza contends for the championship again, obviously. That’s what Flyin’ Ryan does. He extends his streak of winning at least three races in a single season, especially early in the year.
Kirwan will rebound to 2019-like form, fighting for a spot in the playoffs. He’ll win a race, but nobody knows where. He’s won at Bristol and Michigan, two tracks that couldn’t be more different.
— XSET (@XSETGAMING) January 29, 2021