eNASCAR iRacing was a big hit last Sunday.
So much so that NASCAR on FOX has announced it will carry the rest of the schedule this spring until regular racing resumes.
Announcers Mike Joy, Jeff Gordon and Larry McReynolds hosted the show on Fox Sports 1.
They mix in interviews with drivers including Denny Hamlin and Jimmie Johnson as they were seated in their driving simulators.
The cablecast drew 903,000 viewers, making it the most-watched FS1 event since the NASCAR Cup Series season was suspended due to Coronavirus concerns.
Team PR personnel sent out race reports just as they always do.
Clint Bowyer will be the guest on NASCAR’s weekly media teleconference call Thursday.
Bowyer will be FOX’s in-car correspondent for Sunday’s race, which takes place at virtual Texas Motor Speedway.
“We’re thrilled by the positive feedback and encouragement sent out by industry stakeholders, drivers, sponsorship partners and most importantly, our fans,” said Tim Clark, NASCAR senior vice-president and Chief Digital Officer. “We are committed to bringing NASCAR iRacing to our fans until we can get back on the track.”
The Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) is also launching an eRacing initiative this weekend.
A special eRacing drivers license will be needed to participate in the SpecRacer Fords, Skip Barber Formula 2000 and Mazda Global MX-5 Cup cars.
“Faster” Author Book Signing
Racing crosses paths with world history with the release of “FASTER: How a Jewish Driver, an American Heiress and a Legendary Car Beat Hitler’s Best.”
Set in the 1930’s run up to World War II, “FASTER,” written by Neal Bascomb, tells the story of how Jewish Grand Prix driver Rene Dreyfus, heiress Lucy Schall and the Delahaye race car brand took on Adolf Hitler’s feared Silver Arrows and ended their Grand Prix dominance.
Even auto racing was used in the Third Reich’s propaganda campaign.
Dreyfus was banned from Grand Prix competition because he was Jewish.
Bascomb will be signing copies of his new book at Autobooks-Aerobooks in Burbank (2900 Magnolia Blvd.) Saturday from 10 p.m. until 2 p.m.
Signed copies may also be ordered at www.Autobooks-Aerobooks.com.