The eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series will return in 2021, NASCAR announced Jan. 26.
The series initially began in 2020 as a form of competition held during the NASCAR season’s halt during the COVID-19 pandemic, with professional racers taking to the virtual speedways.
This year, the 10-race schedule will complement on-track action, with midweek events held before weekend races at the real-life tracks.
“The success of our eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series was underscored by an industry-wide effort to entertain fans during the early months of the global pandemic,” Tim Clark, NASCAR svp and chief digital officer, said in a release. “This year the Pro Invitational will return with a schedule of midweek races that will bridge the gap between our real-world races each weekend.”
The full schedule has not yet been announced, but so far the release revealed dates for the first five races, which begin March 24 with the Bristol Motor Speedway dirt track.
Each of the first five events will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1, while the to-be-announced second round will air on NBC Sports Network.
Drivers for the races have not yet been announced.
Here’s the schedule for the first five races:
March 24: Bristol Motor Speedway dirt track (8 p.m. ET)
April 21: Talladega Superspeedway (7 p.m. ET)
May 5: Darlington Raceway (8 p.m. ET)
May 19: Circuit of the Americas (7 p.m. ET)
June 2: TBA track (8 p.m. ET)