RMNB is sponsoring Ryan Ellis as he tries to drive his way into NASCAR’s nationally-broadcast, virtual race at Texas
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, NASCAR has postponed all its races in the coming weeks. But unlike the other major sports, NASCAR has been able to weather the storm better than others due to iRacing – an online video game. Unlike in NHL simulation games, real-life NASCAR drivers are driving and shifting their digital cars from home, making the races just as exciting and, at times, ridiculous.
Last Sunday, NASCAR raced at the virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway and it was nationally broadcast on FS1. All of the superstar drivers in the sport participated — such as Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch, Martin Truex, Jr, Jimmy Johnson, Matt DiBenedetto, and Chase Elliott — while Jeff Gordon, Mike Joy, and Larry McReynolds provided commentary. Clint Bowyer also provided hilarious “in-car” analysis.
Denny Hamlin won the race (from his “rig” reportedly costing tens of thousands of dollars) in a photo finish, narrowly beating Dale Earnhardt, Jr., who came out of “retirement” to participate. According to CNET, FOX Sports said the first race was the most-watched esports event broadcast on television with 903,000 viewers. So many people watched that FOX will air the entire eNASCAR iRacing Pro invitational Series over the next month and a half.
Moving forward, RMNB will be sponsoring NASCAR driver Ryan Ellis as he tries to race into Sunday’s virtual race at Texas (1 PM, FOX & FS1) and throughout the rest of the tour. Ellis, a big Capitals fan and RMNB reader, grew up in Ashburn, VA and played on George Mason’s hockey team.