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The brand new eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series continued its successful start by securing a TV deal for the full season.
After broadcasting the inaugural event of the virtual racing series, Fox Sports announced its commitment to cover the remaining races.
The TV broadcast definitely played a part in the initial success for the series.
eNASCAR iRacing had an impressive debut, which set a record as the most-watched esports event in US TV history with 903,000 viewers.
It also had more than a million mentions on Twitter over the weekend.
Fox Sports had its Cup Series commentary team, with play-by-play announcer Mike Joy joined by Jeff Gordon and Larry McReynolds.
Clint Bowyer, who also commentates on some of the Xfinity Series races, joined the trio as an in-race analyst.
Drivers from all three NASCAR national series joined the 35-car field.
Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson and William Byron were among them.
Hamlin won the first-ever eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series after narrowly beating Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the final lap.
The series now leaves the virtual Homestead Speedway and heads over to Texas Motor Speedway, which hosts the second round.
The 1.5-mile Fort Worth oval was originally scheduled as the seventh round of the 2020 Cup Series, but has since been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
This weekend’s O’Reilly Auto Parts will be the third of seven postponed events.
Barring further postponements, the Cup Series is currently scheduled to return on May 9 at Martinsville Speedway.
NASCAR officials have stated on multiple occasions that the series still intends to complete its 36-race calendar.
New dates for the postponed events have yet to be revealed.
The eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series is a virtual racing series run by NASCAR in partnership with iRacing. It is scheduled to run as a temporary replacement for the postponed events during the coronavirus-enforced suspension.
FS1 is going to broadcast all rounds of the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series.
Seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson, reigning Cup Series champion Kyle Busch, 2020 Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin are some of the names competing in the series. Dale Earnhardt Jr., Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Chase Elliott, William Byron, Clint Bowyer, Kyle Larson and Eric Jones are also part of the 35-car field.
Denny Hamlin won the Dixie Vodka 150 ahead of Dale Earnhardt Jr. And Timmy Hill.
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