Instead of running two separate semesters, the calendar will be combined into a single nine-race season, with a $60,000 eNASCAR Scholarship Fund up for grabs, including a $30,000 championship race from the virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway on May 3, series officials said.
“We are excited to announce our first full academic year offering of the eNASCAR College iRacing Series,” said Ray Smith, Director of Gaming/eSports, NASCAR. “NASCAR is proud of the collaborative efforts of iRacing, Playfly and NACE Starleague to introduce sim racing to the college esports scene. As we strive to enhance awareness and foster the growth of sim racing in North America, the college esports arena remains a vital initiative.”
As in the previous season, drivers will take on NASCAR’s tracks in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro, and Toyota Supra with the addition of the NASCAR Craftsman Trucks for certain races. They’ll have two weeks to take on Time Attack qualifying at each track for a chance to make the 40-car A-Main, with each school eligible to be represented by up to three drivers in the premier race. Drivers who don’t make the cut for the A-Main will have the chance to run in lower-level Mains, the series said.
The first eight rounds of the season will see $3,750 available apiece in the A-Mains, with $1,000 available to each winner down to $100 for 10th place. In the championship race, the prizes increase substantially, with $30,000 available and $10,000 in scholarship money going to the winner. In addition, the winners of the B-Main and C-Main will receive $30 and $15 in iRacing credits, respectively.
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