Speed51 has presented a variety of sim racing broadcasts in recent weeks, offering entertainment and a distraction during the COVID-19 pandemic. Speed51 is adding to that variety this weekend with its first virtual dirt racing broadcast.
Speed51 will broadcast a sim dirt race for the first time on Sunday, April 26 with the Southeast Dirt eClassic Triple Crown at the virtual Lanier Raceplex dirt track. The event will feature a unique format with three different divisions being utilized.
Street Stocks will kick off the broadcast at 5:30 p.m. ET with a full show that features qualifying, heat races, an LCQ, and a feature. The IMCA Modifieds and 604 Crate Late Models will then follow, with both classes also having full shows.
Drivers already entered for the Southeast Dirt eClassic Triple Crown include some of the best dirt racers on iRacing, as well as real-world dirt racers. Brian Chrismon, the event organizer for the Southeast Dirt eClassic, is excited to showcase these competitors he has met over nearly two decades of sim racing with this event.
“Sim racing for 18 years, I have run with some of the best,” said Brian Chrismon. “When I had this event in mind, I wanted those who have the racing talent that makes people want to watch to be in this event, I wanted to bring them the spotlight. The group of guys I have reached out to are no slouches.”
“With everything going on with this virus, not really being able to do the things we would regularly do it has been a great distraction to everything. I love racing, but more importantly the family aspect of it and how it doesn’t matter if you’re blood related, it’s something that we all love and you have a connection through it.”
Not only does the event present dirt racing for the first time on Speed51’s eSports platforms, it will highlight three distinctly different types of race cars in the Triple Crown format.
“We are excited to host a unique event like this on Speed51, allowing competitors the chance to hop in three diverse race cars and score three big wins in one evening,” said Speed51 eSports Manager Patrick Hahe. “We look forward to seeing if one driver can wear all three crowns when the night is done.”
Entries for the Southeast Dirt eClassic are being accepted until Thursday night. Drivers interested in competing in the event can register here.
Be sure to watch the Southeast Dirt eClassic Sunday night at 5:30 p.m. ET. Fans can view the entire schedule of sim racing broadcasts on Speed51 by clicking here.
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3