While real-world motor racing is on hiatus, dozens of top drivers from around the world will be competing online this weekend.

IndyCar will begin its official Esports series on Saturday and has impressively attracted over two dozen of its regular drivers to the iRacing-based series. The championship has updated its car model to include the new-for-2020 Aeroscreen and has put the choice of track for its first race to a fan vote.

NASCAR’s official series will also continue, taking the place of the races which have been scratched from its 2020 scheduled. Though unusually its events aren’t being broadcast on the most popular video platforms.

F1 drivers of present and past can be found in Torque Esports and Veloce Esports’ continuing series. Both have revealed new competitions for this weekend intended to attract a broader range of drivers.

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Date Series Organiser Event Game Track Format Start time (UK) Start time (US Eastern) Watch
28/03/2020 IndyCar iRacing Challenge IndyCar Fan Vote Race iRacing TBC Qualifying, race 20:00 16:00 YouTube Facebook Twitch
28/03/2020 Legends Trophy Torque Esports Legends Trophy rFactor 2 TBC Qualifying, race 16:00 12:00 YouTube
28/03/2020 All-Star Battle Torque Esports All-Star Battle rFactor 2 TBC Heats After Legends Trophy YouTube
29/03/2020 Veloce Pro Series Veloce Esports Veloce Pro Series TBC 18:00 14:00 YouTube
29/03/2020 eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series NASCAR Texas Motor Speedway 125 iRacing Texas Motor Speedway Qualifying, race 17:00 13:00 Fox, FS1, Fox Sports app

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Notable drivers

IndyCar iRacing Challenge

Simon Pagenaud, Penske, IndyCar, Circuit of the Americas, 2020
Indy 500 winner Pagenaud will race tomorrow

Josef Newgarden, Scott McLaughlin, Sebastien Bourdais, Pato O’Ward, Oliver Askew, Marcus Ericsson, Felix Rosenqvist, Kyle Kaiser, Will Power, Tony Kanaan, Graham Rahal, Santino Ferrucci, Conor Daly, Simon Pagenaud, Sage Karam, Zach Veach, Alexander Rossi, Kyle Kirkwood, James Hinchcliffe, Felipe Nasr, Dalton Kellett, Alex Palou, Jack Harvey, Colton Herta, Scott Speed.

Legends Trophy

Emerson Fittipaldi, Helio Castroneves, Dario Franchitti, Juan Pablo Montoya, Johnny Herbert, David Brabham, Jan Magnussen, Paul Tracy, Gil de Ferran, Tony Kanaan, Bryan Herta, Adrian Fernandez, Oriol Servia, Max Papis.

All-Star Battle

Juan Pablo Montoya, Marcus Ericsson, Esteban Gutierrez, Antonio Felix da Costa, Nyck de Vries, Stoffel Vandoorne, Maximilian Guenther, Felix Rosenqvist, Alexander Rossi, James Davison, Colton Herta, Philipp Eng, Daniel Juncadella, Bruno Spengler, Tom Dillmann, Charlie Eastwood, Maxime Martin, Jonny Adam, Nicki Thiim, James Baldwin, Rudy van Buren.

Veloce Pro Series

Lando Norris, other drivers TBA.

eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series

Justin Allgaier, Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Matt DiBenedetto, Austin Dillon, Dale Earnhardt Jnr, Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, Bobby Labonte, Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, Ricky Stenhouse Jnr, Bubba Wallace.

Over to you

Will you be watching any of this weekend’s Esports races? Which series have you enjoyed most so far? Have your say in the comments.

This article will be updated.


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