In light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic postponing or cancelling the overwhelming majority of sporting events, eSports have taken a more prominent share of the spotlight. This weekend, sim racers will be able to compete in an All-Star event on NASCAR Heat 4 with a prize pool of $10,000.
NASCAR Heat 4 is hosting a $10,000 All-Star Event, which will take place at the virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday, March 21 at 2 p.m. Eastern. The event will take place on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles.
"The NASCAR Heat $10K is a great opportunity for the esports world to come together, have fun and put on some really entertaining racing when the world needs it most," said Jay Pennell, General Manager of the eNASCAR Heat Pro League. "This is a chance for anyone and everyone to prove they have what it takes to race with the best NASCAR Heat 4 gamers in the world, as well as compete against actual NASCAR drivers. Anyone with a Playstation 4 or Xbox can download the NASCAR Heat 4 from their console, sign up through NASCARHeat.com and join the qualifiers.
Interested racers can sign up for qualifying events by clicking here. Qualifiers started Wednesday and will take place through Friday. Qualifying is open to anyone with NASCAR Heat 4 on either console.
The All-Star race will also feature a couple of real-life NASCAR drivers partaking in the festivities. Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Cup Series driver Tyler Reddick and Xfinity Series racer Anthony Alfredo will be part of the action alongside qualifiers for the event.
"We have seen a great response from the gaming community, the NASCAR teams and everyone involved," said Pennell. "We are looking forward to seeing who emerges from the qualifying races and makes up the field for Saturday's race. With NASCAR drivers, eNASCAR Heat Pro League drivers and many of the eNHPL pre-season drivers already geared up for this event I'm sure the competition will be fierce. Add a total of $10,000 on the line and I'm sure there will be plenty of action throughout both races and we are eager to see who comes out on top."
The event will be broadcast through Motorsports Network, with coordination from Speed51. It will serve as a preview for the 2020 eNASCAR Heat Pro League Season.
The preseason kicked off for the eNASCAR Heat Pro League on Wednesday, with Brandon Hanna and Daniel Buttafuoco scoring victories in the event.
Stay tuned to Speed51, as well as @S51eSports on Twitter, for more information on this exciting event as well as the upcoming eNASCAR Heat Pro League Season.
For a full schedule of live sim races on Speed51, click here.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans