For racers, nothing will ever replicate the feeling of being behind the wheel of a 600 horsepower Tour-type Modified. But for some, the opportunity to climb behind the wheel of an actual race car will never exist. Insert sim racing. The growing eSports industry has allowed racing enthusiasts with a steering wheel and pedals to experience the next best thing.
In recent years, the industry has grown with organized leagues that replicate a real racing experience. One of those leagues that has risen to the top is the Elite Racing League. In 2019, the league launched the Elite Modified Tour. Now, Speed51 has teamed up with the Elite Modified Tour as the presenting sponsor and live streaming partner for the ultra-competitive sim racing series.
As part of the partnership, Speed51 will continue to increase its presence within the eSports community. Each race will be streamed live on Speed51.com and post-race stories from each event will be available on the Speed51 website.
"We are looking forward to this partnership with Speed 51 and growing the Elite Racing League on our eSports platforms," said Chad Frankenfield, Owner of the Elite Racing League. "For most of us, this is the closest we will get to real racing. We thank Speed 51 for helping us provide increased exposure for our drivers and the sim racing community."
"As Speed51 continues to increase our presence within the eSports world, it only made sense to partner with a series that focuses on one of the most exciting forms of short track racing: Tour-type Modifieds," said Brandon Paul, Speed51 Content Manager. "It's awesome to see competitive leagues like the Speed51 Elite Modified Tour taking the next step and creating an awesome experience for their drivers. We look forward to working with the Elite Racing League and making the sim racing experience even more enjoyable in years to come."
Three races remain on this year's eight-race schedule for the Speed51 Elite Modified Tour, with the next event taking place Tuesday night at Langley Speedway (VA). Qualifying for each event begins at 7:45 p.m. ET with racing to follow.
Through the five races this season, the tour has averaged a starting field of 27 Modifieds, with nearly 65% of the laps completed under green flag conditions. Successful Modified racers including defending NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Justin Bonsignore and Mahoning Valley Speedway star Austin Beers have competed in the league already this season.
Following his second win of the season last Tuesday at Gateway Motorsports Park, Matt Gruenberg holds a 15-point lead over Chad Frankenfield in the point standings. The season champion will receive a prize pack at the end of the season from Gateway Motorsports Park. The top 20 in this season's point standings will also receive free entry for the bigger and better 2020 season.
Entry to compete in the final three races is free; however, drivers do need to receive approval from the series in order to compete. Those interested in competing on the Speed51 Elite Modified Tour should contact the series through Twitter (@EliteRacing_) or through the registration form on www.eliteracingleagues.com.
More information on Speed51's involvement in the league, as well as the 2020 Speed51 Elite Modified Tour season will be announced soon.
-Story by: Speed51 Staff