The eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series speeds into Auto Club Speedway Tuesday night for the fifth race of the 2021 season. Here’s everything you need to know as the 40 fastest sim racers visit Fontana.
Race 5 of 18
Auto Club Speedway
Previous Fontana winners
The past two races featured some unexpected winners: Ashton Crowder, who picked up his second-ever win last year, and Eric J. Smith, who won as a rookie in the first race under a new racing package.
2020: Ashton Crowder
2019: Eric J. Smith
2018: Ryan Luza
2017: Ryan Luza
2016: Ray Alfalla
2015: Kenny Humpe
2014: Nick Ottinger
Last year: Crowder outduels Lowe
Ashton Crowder scored the victory in last year’s Fontana race, holding off Garrett Lowe after plenty of late-race lead changes — 30 in total. The race was slowed only twice for cautions.
— iRacing.com (@iRacing) February 26, 2020
Last race: Clampitt returns to Victory Lane
In the latest round of the Coca-Cola iRacing Series, William Byron eSports pulled off a 1-2 finish, led by newly-signed driver Logan Clampitt. Clampitt’s win ended a 44-race winless streak and locks him into the playoffs — something particularly special to Driver No. 97, who’s often found himself on the outside looking in when it’s time to race for the $100,000 champion’s prize.
— William Byron eSports (@WBeSports_) March 17, 2021
Points picture after four races
1) Casey Kirwan
2) Keegan Leahy -6 (1 win)
3) Logan Clampitt -8 (1 win)
4) Ryan Luza -11 (1 win)
5) Michael Conti -12 (1 win)
6) Steven Wilson -18
T7) Chris Shearburn -19
T7) Michael Guest -19
9) Nick Ottinger -22
T10) Jake Nichols -31
T10) Brad Davies -31
12) Bobby Zalenski -33
Ten drivers will compete in the playoffs and fight for a championship beginning in August.
What to expect at Fontana
With the exception of Ryan Luza’s back-to-back wins in 2017 and 2018, Auto Club Speedway seems to favor different winners; six drivers have won in seven total races.
The last two Fontana races have featured close-quarters racing using a vehicle package that mimics the current NASCAR Cup Series cars. Lead changes and pack racing abound, in other words. With the release of iRacing’s recent Season 2 update that updates track surface behavior, it could mean even more lanes become viable options for drivers to get the job done on the two-mile D-shaped oval.
In our Power Rankings, we’re favoring the drivers who’ve started out 2021 hot. We’ve got our eyes on perennial contender Ryan Luza, of course, but back-to-back top fives for Roush Fenway Racing rookie Steven Wilson makes us wonder if he’ll break through soon.
How to watch
Round 5 of the season airs live at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 30.