We’re previewing each team competing in the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series before the 2021 season.
Clint Bowyer Racing
Owner: Clint Bowyer, who’s probably busy cheering on his Kansas City Chiefs while preparing for his post-driving career as a television personality.
No. 14: Blade Whitt
Hometown: Roanoke, VA
First season: 2021
15th in 2020 iRacing Pro Series
— Blade Whitt (@Blade_Whitt) February 1, 2021
No. 79: Ryan Doucette
Hometown: Framingham, MA
First season: 2021
11th in 2020 iRacing Pro Series
— Ryan Doucette (@RyanDoucette77) February 1, 2021
With Brandon Kettelle behind the wheel, Clint Bowyer Racing visited Victory Lane at Talladega – the clear bright spot for the team’s season.
Despite the win, Kettelle was unable to crack the top 20 in points, then had a tough go after Pro Series relegation; he won’t return to the Coca-Cola iRacing Series in 2021. Teammate Brian Schoenburg had a miserable season and heads to JTG Daugherty Racing in 2021. Yes, it was a very 2020-like 2020 for Clint Bowyer Racing.
Meanwhile, newcomers Blade Whitt and Ryan Doucette were making names for themselves in iRacing’s ranking ladders; they’ll join the Coca-Cola iRacing Series as rookies in 2021.
It’s a fresh start for Clint Bowyer Racing in 2021 with a pair of 20-year-old rookies. Perhaps it was Blade Whitt’s iRacing dirt experience that attracted the attention of Bowyer, while the team boss can also appreciate Doucette’s real-world short-track racing adventures.
It’s tough to gauge expectations when a team consists of two rookies, and Bowyer’s team is the only other organization besides Williams Esports willing to take the risk. Both Whitt and Doucette are clearly racers and know what it takes to reach the top of iRacing.
Steve’s bold prediction
How am I supposed to make a bold prediction with a team of rookies? Since it’s the first year for both drivers, I’ll say they’re both top-20 contenders for the final standings. Though, knowing these guys — this isn’t Whitt’s first iRacing World Championship experience, and Doucette has the benefit of real-world racing — they’ll probably exceed these expectations.