Applications are now being accepted for the “Open” sim races that will be held in conjunction with the new Speed51 Super Select Series. Drivers who did not receive an invitation to compete in the series will have a chance to race their way into the main event each week during an open race, held each Saturday at Noon ET.
Entry fees will be $10 for each Open race throughout the season, but drivers will not have to pay the entry fee until they are accepted into the race each week.
The application deadline for this weekend’s “Festival of Speed” Open race at USA International Speedway will be set for Thursday at 8 p.m. ET. Once the deadline has passed, Speed51 will select the field based on our staff member’s discretion.
All events held in conjunction with the Speed51 Super Select Series will use fixed setups.
Each Open event will use qualifying and heat races to set a 30-car lineup for the 51-lap feature. The number of drivers transferring to the Speed51 Super Select Series main event at 7:30 p.m. ET will vary by week.
Open drivers will also have an opportunity to become a full-season driver if they are to win a main event.
Open driver Devon Morgan won last Saturday’s eRattler 250 at Lanier Raceplex after transferring through the Open main earlier in the day, and as a result is now invited to join the field of real-world Late Model drivers throughout the season.
The rest of the Speed51 Super Select Series schedule has now been set in place, as invited racers will compete for their share of a points fund over the next nine events.
The series features stops at the former USA International Speedway, Lucas Oil Raceway, Irwindale Event Center, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Five Flags Speedway, Oxford Plains Speedway, World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, and Bristol Motor Speedway.
The released schedule is subject to change.
Currently, all Speed51 Super Select Series events are scheduled for Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. ET. If and when concerns surrounding the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic lessen and real-world racing resumes before the conclusion of this season, events are tentatively scheduled to shift to mid-week races.
A roster of invited drivers who will be competing in the Speed51 Super Select Series is also expected to be released in the coming days.
There will be a point fund for competing drivers rewarding them for their participation. PFC Brakes is contributing to the point fund, along with joining as the presenting sponsor of the season-opening Rattler 250 sim race.
The Speed51 Super Select Series is currently looking for more companies to be involved. Money received will go towards a point fund for the drivers. Companies interested in sponsoring a portion of the series should email [email protected].
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3