CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) – Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead sang the national anthem from a remote location. Troy Aikman, who borrowed Matthew McConaughey’s trademark “All right, all right, all right,” ordered the drivers to start their simulators.
coronavirus pandemic stopped nearly all sports. NASCAR’s 36-race season was suspended four events into the year.” data-reactid=”24″>The new normality of NASCAR resumed on Sunday with another virtual event, the second in an iRacing series that was thrown together after the coronavirus pandemic stopped almost all sports. NASCAR’s 36 race season has been suspended four times a year.
Timmy Hill won the virtual race at Texas Motor Speedway, which culminated when iRacing officials parked Daniel Suarez for deliberately attempting – but failing – to cause Ty Dillon to crash.
Hill is one of the top competitors of iRacing, a subscription-based gaming platform. His virtual win was his 674th in the game.
Fox Sports again used his team of Mike Joy and Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon to call the race, which was broadcast on Fox in some markets as well as on its cable channel nationwide.
and was the most watched sporting event in U.S. history, improving the 770,000 viewers Mortal Combat drew to The CW in 2016. As a result, Fox offered its partners the opportunity to broadcast the virtual race in Texas.
coronavirus shutdown. Fox was able to obtain feeds of drivers racing on simulators everywhere from their bedrooms, basements, garages and, in the case of last week’s winner, Denny Hamlin’s living room.” data-reactid=”30″>Those who tuned in watched a live video game of 35 NASCAR racers participating in an exact replica of the Texas Motor Speedway, where the series was scheduled to take place on Sunday before the corona virus shutdown. Fox was able to get feeds from drivers running on simulators from their bedrooms, basements, garages, and, in the case of last week’s winner, Denny Hamlin’s living room.
Clint Bowyer was the reporter in the race again, but when the booth came up to ask about an early racing incident, he gave a quick update and chased Joy and Gordon away.
“You bother me, sorry,” said Bowyer.
Alex Bowman again entertained fans
with comment. It contained his tweet “I just drove through someone” after a wreck. Bowman also missed his pit booth, raced down the pit lane, complained of a need for a snack, and finally decided, “I’m a disaster.”
Chase Elliott, who was racing in striped socks, released a video during an advertising break of his feet when he pressed the pedals. Michael McDowell
Decisions. Hill’s virtual victory offered the NASCAR journeyman a rare opportunity to thank his sponsors, the keynote address of every successful racing driver.
technology. Alternatively, Fox showed Garrett Smithley racing with a wheel and a computer at a desk, under a framed poster of Richard Petty, in what appeared to be Smithley’s bedroom.” data-reactid=”37″>The event in Texas was held with a fixed setup and the drivers used different rigs. With more than $ 40,000, Hamlin’s is one of the most advanced in the field, with motion sensors and premium technology. Alternatively, Fox showed Garrett Smithley, who was racing into Smithley’s bedroom with a bike and a computer at a desk under a Richard Petty framed poster.
With nothing else to do, Texas circuit president Eddie Gossage tweeted live during the race, joking that he would charge Christopher Bell for practically tearing the grass open and painting it with a twist through the infield. Gossage also continued Texas’s tradition of giving prizes to fans during the race – although its speedway is currently closed.
IndyCar made its iRacing debut in one on Saturday
coronavirus shutdown.” data-reactid=”40″>and won by Sage Karam. Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson was a special guest in the race as he worked towards an obvious IndyCar debut. He was supposed to test a car in Alabama next month before the corona virus was turned off.
NASCAR, IndyCar, IMSA and many of the Formula 1 drivers use iRacing as a tool to improve their skills during this break. Now iRacing has used the popularity of the sport and the lack of live sporting events to create events for the idle leagues.
IRacing is one of the few professional sports that can deliver a decent show due to the detailed details and precise rendering of each NASCAR track. The event locations are scanned with a laser scanner in order to detect the unevenness and imperfections in the asphalt and to duplicate the stands, billboards and the pit lane.