In lieu of a regular sports hiatus, Dawsonville native Chase Elliott and 34 other drivers spread out throughout the NASCAR world competed in the first ever eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series event on Sunday, March 22.
The 100-lap eSports race, the Dixie Vodka 150, replaced the Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway that would have occurred this past weekend, but all public NASCAR events have been cancelled or postponed during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Elliott’s started in the 20th position, due to an attempted ‘virtual burnout.’ Before the race began, Elliott picked lunch up at Hooters, who sponsored his would-have-been truck for the Gander Outdoor Truck and RV Series race last weekend in Atlanta.
Elliott had fellow driver Ryan Blaney as his crew chief for the race and he gave a middle of the race update for all following Elliott’s live tweets of the race.
Elliot finished his first eNASCAR race in 24th place out of 35 competitors, nothing like his performance this season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, where he’s currently in third place on the leaderboard. Sprint Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin won the inaugural Dixie Vodka 150, leading 14 of 100 laps.
The iRacing Pro Invitation Series has yet to announce if they will race again this Sunday, but information on future races should be announced by May 3, when NASCAR’s current postponing of races end. The races will air on FS1.
If you’d like to keep up with Elliott’s live tweets during the races this season, follow him on Twitter @chaseelliott.