NASCAR Holds a Virtual Race Amid Covid-19 Pandemic

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) held a virtual race to keep their fans busy as the US, and the entire world continues to grapple with the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. So far, seven NASCAR events in the Cup Series, XFINITY Series, and Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series have been put off.

The virtual race pitted pro drivers and was hosted at the virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway track. The race was broadcasted live on Fox Sports 1. In the epic race, Denny Hamlin came from behind to beat Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the last lap. Earnhardt had the lead, running on the inside. Then Hamlin, driving barefoot, cut on the outside and won it with a narrow margin.

NASCAR and iRacing organised the event, and everything materialised when FS1 agreed to air the event live. The race attracted 35 drivers, and anyone with an iRacing membership was eligible. But then, you need to match the $40,000 simulator which the winner used.

Formula One also hosted the virtual Bahrain Grand Prix race that was based on the Codemasters F1 2019 PC game at the Gfinity Esports Arena. Several motorsports will also follow suit to ensure fans don’t get bored during the lockdown.

Not Just NASCAR

The Covid-19 pandemic has not stopped NASCAR only; several other motorsports have been affected. Formula One announced the postponement of several races including the Bahrain Grand Prix, Vietnamese Grand Prix, Chinese Grand Prix, and five other races. MotoGP has also seen several races cancelled, and so has the World Rally Championship (WRC).

What is Covid-19?

Covid-19 is a coronavirus that was detected in Wuhan China last year in December. The disease has now affected more than 190 countries with confirmed infections exceeding 300,000, and the death toll at 17,000 at the time of writing. So far, there is no vaccine or cure for the novel coronavirus.