NASCAR Drivers Started Racing Each Other Online, And It's Heading To TV

Sports Xtra Indiana's Briscoe leads NASCAR into iRacing

While plenty of live esports events have been cancelled, too, gaming has the advantage of allowing online competition - and TV networks have taken notice. That number is lower than the almost 4.6 million viewers who tuned into NASCAR's last official race at Phoenix Raceway, but it was still the most-watched sports telecast on cable television that day and the most-watched telecast on FS1 since professional sports leagues began postponing events on March 12.

The upcoming series is called FOX NASCAR iRACING, and will kick off this Sunday at the virtual version of Texas Motor Speedway. where the actual NASCAR race would've gone down.

"This rapid-fire collaboration between FOX Sports, NASCAR and iRacing obviously has resonated with race fans, gamers and television viewers across the country in a very positive way", Brad Zager, FOX Sports executive producer said in a statement.

Last week, FS1 televised the inaugural race from the virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway, which included an exciting last lap duel between race victor Denny Hamlin and the sport's most popular perennial driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. The simulated races will be simulcast on FOX, FS1 and the FOX Sports app, with a schedule that mirrors the actual NASCAR Cup Series and lasts until November 1.

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"The response on social media to last Sunday's race has been incredible", Gordon said.

NASCAR informed its staff Tuesday that pay cuts will be imposed across the company until the series returns to racing. "We were able to broadcast a virtual race that was exciting and entertaining".

The races include competitors from all three of NASCAR's national series from the premier NASCAR Cup Series to the NASCAR Xfinity Series and the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series. We can also expect "a group of NASCAR dignitaries", including Dale Earnhardt, Jr and Bobby Labonte.

"These decisions are hard but necessary for the health of our company, as we work during this crisis and serve the needs of our sport in the long term", he added. "Providing a platform for our fans to watch and engage with their favorite drivers is our No. 1 priority". "We're trying to reduce your expenses to a minimum until we can get back to doing what we do best, making great racing for our fans".

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