NASCAR is replacing canceled races with esports amid Coronavirus fear

Sports leagues and broadcasters are scrambling to fill the void now that many live competitions are cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and for NASCAR and Fox Sports that means venturing into relatively uncharted territory.

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Amid the fear of Coronavirus spread many real-life events were called off to ensure the safety of visitors as well as professionals. With events getting canceled left and right, Sports leagues and broadcasters are left scrambling to fill in the void created in their schedules with different activities to keep the audience interested.

In a similar fashion, broadcaster Fox Sports together with National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is launching the first-ever eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series with many Professional NASCAR drivers taking part in virtual races across the NASCAR Heat 4 and iRacing platforms.

eNASCAR’s first race is going to take place this weekend on March 22, at 13:30 Eastern time on FoxSports1. The eNASCAR will launch with 3 leagues namely: eNASCAR Heat Pro League, eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series, and eNASCAR IGNITE Series.

All these races will also feature top NASCAR professionals like Dale Earnhardt Jr., Bobby Labonte, Kyle Busch, and Denny Hamlin among other racers from various NASCAR series. All the races will also be broadcasted in a similar NASCAR fashion with top commentators like Fox broadcasters Jeff Gordon, commenting on the whole 90-minute race program.

All the races will take place using driving and racing simulator, iRacing. Both Fox and NASCAR have ensured that all the CDC‘s guidance will be followed to ensure no drivers or production staff are put at risk during the series.

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