Esports racing series that made it to TV

Esports racing series that made it to TV

Never say there’s nothing good on TV again! We tell you which races have already been broadcasted on television.

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INDYCAR iRacing Challenge

IndyCar was one of the first racing classes to hold a virtual event in iRacing replacing postponed events. American broadcaster NBC came on board really quick and has been airing the races live on television.

INDYCAR IRACING CHALLENGE
Source: IndyCar on NBC Twitter

In round five, F1 driver Lando Norris gave his debut at virtual IndyCar. Although he spun during the race, he was still able to win in the end. So far, it’s uncertain whether the young gun will return to defend his victory in the next race. The next one takes place at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a legendary circuit which promises a lot of action. The event will be the grand finale of the invitational.

Where to watch it on TV? NBCSN (USA) and Sky Sports F1 (UK).

eNASCAR Pro Invitational

FOX Sports and iRacing have created a seven-event series. NASCAR drivers compete against each other in a virtual environment each Sunday. FOX sports can be very happy with the overall tv ratings. 1.4 million viewers watched the virtual race held at Texas Motor Speedway, which was the first iRacing NASCAR event to be broadcasted on TV.

ENASCAR PRO INVITATIONAL
Source: NASCAR Twitter

But there were also some negative headlines accompanying the series. Bubba Wallace was dropped by a sponsor after rage quitting a race. Driver Kyle Larson was suspended by NASCAR and fired by his team Chip Ganassi Racing for using a racist slur on stream.

The series will hold two more races on May 3 and 10.

Where to watch it on TV? FOX Sports (USA)

The Race All-Star Series

Thousands of people follow The Race’s All-Star Series on YouTube every week. But did you know that the event is being aired on television too? ESPN2 started broadcasting the events and viewers could see some great esports racing action so far.

What’s special about this event is that people will not only be introduced to esports racing but also to new names. Not only do real-world drivers participate at this event but also a lot of esports racers like Bono Huis and Erhan Jaiovski.

Where to watch it on TV? ESPN2 (US)

F1 Virtual Grand Prix

F1’s Virtual Grand Prix events have been a smash hit so far. The races feature real F1 drivers as well as celebrities. Real Madrid’s goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and virtual racing influencer Jimmy Broadbent have already been on the grid.

F1 VIRTUAL GRAND PRIX
Source: Formula 1 Twitter

Since F1 is very popular in many countries, there was no doubt that broadcasters would pick up the Virtual GPs to fill the void left by Formula 1. The next replacement race will take place on May 3, the original date of the Dutch GP. Since Zandvoort Circuit is not part of the F1 2019 game, the race will be held at Interlagos. The Brazilian Circuit won a fan vote to hold the race.

Where to watch it on TV? Sky (UK, GER), ESPN2 (USA)

Maik Jahn
born and raised close to the Nürburgring.