There’s always going to be a need for speed. And since the extremely illegal Cannonball Run is not going to be televised anytime soon, it’s up to Nascar and F1 to fill that need through their respective pro-gaming platforms.
With more than $300,000 up for grabs, the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series has entered its 11th season on the iRacing simulation platform. The competition features forty of the world's top sim racers who go head-to-head over a 20-week schedule. Drivers race meticulously-crafted virtual replicas of legendary NASCAR Cup Series cars, all on an equally realistic digital replica of NASCAR's most iconic speedways. Races take place every Tuesday night at 9pm EST.
For those who think they’ve got what it takes to compete against the world's top pros, NASCAR's Heat Pro League is back for its second season, bringing with it a total prize pool of over $200,000. The Heat Pro League offers gamers the chance to become an affiliated esports driver for one of 14 official eNHPL teams. The 2020 season features 14 races at tracks all throughout the NASCAR circuit, including the iconic Eldora Speedway, Road America and Iowa Speedway.
Visit NASCARHeat.com for more information – and check out Launchtrip+ for schedules and streaming links.
If NASCAR is simply too slow for your tastes, this weekend sees the Virtual Grand Prix Series kick off as F1 stars, celebrities, and developing drivers do battle on the legendary streets of Monaco. The series is run on a PC version of the Codemasters F1 2019 game with drivers playing remotely. Due to the differing skill levels amongst the diverse range of competitors, game settings will be configured in such a way to encourage an even playing field and a highly entertaining race.
British luxury automaker McLaren surprised fans when they announced that their driver pairing for Sunday will be their young F1 driver Lando Norris and Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Home track favorite goes to the 2017 FIA Formula 2 champ, Charles Leclerc, who seeks a return to the top of the newly virtualized podium. Flanking him will be Red Bull racing ace Alexander Albon and George Russell from Team Williams-Mercedes. Other racers in the mix will be Nicholas Latifi, Lando Norris, and Antonio Giovinazzi, all of whom have been constant fixtures in the last few Virtual GPs.
When it comes to celebrities, the Virtual Grand Prix Series attracts big names from across global sport and culture. Professional cricketer Ben Stokes, Belgian footballer Thibaut Courtois, and English singer-songwriter Liam Payne have all jumped in the hot seat over the last few weeks.
This week brings an equal amount of glitz when Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois gets back behind the wheel. He'll be joined by Hawaiian big wave-surfer Kai Lenny and Puerto Rican pop-star Luis Fonsi (of Despacito fame) who will both be "suiting" up for the first time to give it their all in Monaco.
The Virtual Monaco GP starts at 1pm EST on Sunday, 24 May. The race will be streamed live across Formula 1’s official YouTube, Twitch, and Facebook channels. Check Launchtrip+ for stream links to these and many other events.