Stay tuned for these virtual racing events during the holiday season!
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The holidays are the ultimate time for relaxation, peace and quiet. But, oh, how boring that sounds! If you’d rather indulge in esports racing than spend some quiet hours vegetating, we have got you covered! To keep you updated and entertained around Christmas and New Year, here is a little overview of virtual racing events in and around the upcoming holidays.
NASCAR Winter Heat Series
NASCAR has introduced a brand new, four-event esports racing tournament running from November 2020 to February 2021. The NASCAR Heat Winter Series offers a total prize pool of $47,000 for the contestants. While the first event called “Movember” already took place last month, the Qualification for the next one is already live. The second round on December 20 is called “Holiday 60“, has a prize pool of $7,000 and lets 24 racers fight it out on the track. More detailed information as well as the exact racing schedule is available on the NASCAR homepage.
Formula 1 Challenger Series
The F1 Esports Challenger Series is the gateway into the bigger leagues for young racing talents. After the Qualification, which took place until November 3, the best drivers advanced to the Challenger events. The first one of these will take place on December 21, the last one on April 27. With two races on each event day, the series will have you covered for the beginning of the holidays and also long after that. The events will be streamed live on the official Formula 1 Twitch channel.
rFactor 2 GT Series
What a thriller until the very last meter! 🏁🏁🏁@ErhanJajovski does it again and takes the victory in the sprint race. Congratulations to Erhan and the team of @r8gesports.— VCO 🕹🏎 (@vcoesports) December 7, 2020
🥈 for @JoonasRaivio
🥉 for @ristokappet #vcoesports #gtproseries @rFactor2 pic.twitter.com/B8lkOTPAOJ
The rFactor 2 GT Series Season 2 is divided in the Pro and the Challenge series. After the fifth round on December 7 and December 14 respectively, the tournament heads into the sixth and final round right before Christmas. On December 21, both divisions will move to an as yet unannounced track to determine their champions. If you cannot decide which one to watch, don’t worry, because although both broadcasts start at 7 PM CET (1 PM ET), you can easily switch between them any time as they are both held on The Race on Youtube.
World of Outlaws
The 2020/2021 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Championship Series has been going on since November and will not be done until the end of January 2021 – which is great for esports racing fans, as it will keep you entertained throughout the holidays as well. Round six and seven are right around the corner. On December 21, the iRacing competition will move to Weedsport Speedway, while the location for January 4 is Eldora Speedway. Even if you miss one of the live events, the iRacing YouTube channel provides not only broadcasts, but also VoDs of them.
VCO ProSIM Series
Following a time penalty for @lore_colombo12 & @maxbenecke11, victory in the CHAMPIONSHIP RACE in Suzuka goes to @laurinheinrich_ & @grahamcarroll33.— VCO 🕹🏎 (@vcoesports) December 16, 2020
All results: https://t.co/A6uwM8kKsH#vcoesports #vcoprosim @iRacing
MAHLE | Sport Signage | D-BOX | SiFaT | SUPERDRINK | VRS pic.twitter.com/02ZKaqYfi2
After the third round of the VCO ProSIM SERIES took place on December 16, the fourth will be coming to us just after New Year’s Day, on January 2. As usual, four rounds, namely the Free Practice, Fun Race, Qualifying and the Championship Race are held on the event day. With Laurin Heinrich and Graham Carroll claiming victory in the last Championship Race, we’ll see if Maximilian Benecke will be able to catch up in points first thing in 2021.
ESR Casual Race League
For those of you who might become bored during the holidays and would rather race yourself than just watch others do it, the ESR Casual Race League might do the trick. In this casual iRacing event, the goal is mainly to meet new people, connect via racing and have fun – that said, winning won’t do any harm. Races will be held on various days throughout the holidays, starting with December 22. The exact dates and info on how to join the servers are displayed for you on the official homepage of the event.
NASCAR teaches racing history
For this year’s holidays, the NASCAR YouTube channel will stream their classics from motorsport’s history. Even though they can’t be classed as esports, these are memorable races from the trailblazers for modern racing that might interest some fans. On December 22, the 1997 NASCAR Suzuka Thunder Special featuring Mike Skinner’s first win in the country will be relived once more on the channel. On December 29, a replay of the 1992 Hooters 500 from Atlanta Motor Speedway – the first NASCAR Cup race for Jeff Gordon and the last for Richard Petty – will be streamed on the channel.
Which are your favorite events to watch during the holiday season? Tell us on Twitter at @OverTake_gg or in the comments down below!