With the sports world well and truly feeling the squeeze of COVID-19, F1 and NASCAR Esports are flourishing, giving motorsports a second life. Both organisations have been quick to adapt, and it seems this could be the new normal for the time being.
Tapping into their simulation league, NASCAR hosted three recently cancelled races at a digital version of Homestead-Miami Speedway. The top NASCAR drivers competed via arcade-like stations against one another, with the full experience accompanied by remote commentary and broadcast across FOX’s broadcast channels.
Check out some of the NASCAR Esports highlights below.
Shortly after this development from NASCAR, F1 also logged on to the digital world. Having already kicked off with Bahrain, every subsequent race weekend will see a cancelled/postponed Formula 1 race being replaced with a Virtual Grand Prix all the way to May.
Unlike NASCAR, the Grand Prix will be purely for entertainment purposes only – without any bearing on the ongoing season. As of the Bahrain race, Lando Norris and Nico Hulkenberg are the only current F1 pros participating, mixed in with celebrities and other gamers. Each Virtual Grand Prix will be broadcast on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitch.
You can check out the full F1 Esports GP below.
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