Here are the drivers we’re watching when the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series heads to Homestead-Miami Speedway Tuesday.
Jimmy Mullis, Richmond Raceway Esports
It’s early in the season and we don’t know who’s hot yet, but keep an eye on Jimmy Mullis at Homestead. His 8.6 average finish in five races at Homestead is awfully stout; plus, his veteran status differentiates him quite a bit from a field where over a quarter of the drivers will race at an intermediate track in the Coca-Cola iRacing Series for the first time Tuesday.
Mitchell deJong, 23XI Racing
The Daytona pole winner has impressed so far, and if there’s one thing we know about Mitchell deJong, it’s that he’s good at making a car go fast. We’ve got high expectations for the No. 23, and Homestead will be the first test on a track that makes up the bread and butter of the schedule.
Isaac Gann, Kligerman Sport
Speaking of promising up-and-comers, keep an eye on Isaac Gann Tuesday. Gann dominated in the iRacing Pro Series finale at Homestead – a walk-off victory to claim the championship. He’s going to make some noise Tuesday in his second series start. We’re expecting him to back up his top five at Daytona.
Chris Shearburn, Letarte Esports
Who’s the most recent Homestead winner? That’s right; it’s Chris Shearburn. When the focus was on the championship race in November, Shearburn snagged his first-career Coca-Cola iRacing Series victory through a combination of a mastermind pit strategy, speed, and survival. The veteran could always do it again.
Bobby Zalenski, Letarte Esports
Bobby Zalenski came oh, so close to cashing in a six-figure payday in November at Homestead, but an unlucky pit strategy kept him socially distanced from the championship trophy. Tuesday should be a solid run for the No. 83, if his 7.4 average finish in Miami tells us anything.
Ray Alfalla, Gibbs Gaming
One of the lessons you learn quickly when following the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series is that you never count out Ray Alfalla. The four-time champ started off the season with a rocky race at Daytona, but he’s headed to his home track where he’s won twice and lifted four championship trophies.
Keegan Leahy, 23XI Racing
Fast, fast, fast. That’s Keegan Leahy when it comes to Homestead. He’s won the last three poles at the track, though he hasn’t visited Victory Lane in his four starts. That could change Tuesday.
Ryan Luza, XSET
Ryan Luza’s most recent trip to Homestead was one of heartbreak. A dominant performance in the championship race that would have netted him $100,000 took an unfortunate turn when Luza tangled with Bobby Zalenski racing for the top spot late in the race. He’s out for redemption Tuesday at the track where he’s won twice.
Nick Ottinger, William Byron eSports
No, Nick Ottinger hasn’t won at Homestead in 10 attempts, but let’s not forget his last trip there added six figures and a championship trophy to his net worth.
Michael Conti, JR Motorsports
On one hand, Michael Conti can relax a little bit – he won at Daytona and he’s basically assured a spot in the playoffs. On the other hand, he’s Michael Conti; just riding around to collect points isn’t really in his nature. Don’t forget he’s now won two of the last three races in the Coca-Cola iRacing Series. That first win at Homestead could very well come Tuesday.