Even though the NASCAR off-season is still just hours old, you can’t take the racer out of Bubba Wallace, who streamed two hours of iRacing on Monday night. The now-no-longer-Cup-rookie raced everything from super late models to Formula 1 cars, including Camping World Truck Series-style trucks at Martinsville — a combination in which he’s won twice in the real thing.
Off season vibes..
Got the @iRacing rig setup to stream!
— Bubba Wallace (@BubbaWallace) November 19, 2018
A Challenger Approaches
Bubba Wallace isn’t the only one turning laps on his iRacing rig. Wallace shared what his girlfriend Amanda Carter can do behind the wheel.
Misses the bottom.. "oops my bad"
She's hooked! pic.twitter.com/DvIihtV3mT
— Bubba Wallace (@BubbaWallace) November 13, 2018
And, in fact, Amanda posted a faster time than Wallace at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Somebody get her a developmental driving deal.
Bell Prepares for Miami
Noted iRacer Christopher Bell turned some laps at Homestead-Miami Speedway in iRacing ahead of Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series finale, where he raced for the series championship.
Unfortunately for Bell, his hopes of a title ended prematurely after tire damage sent his Toyota down pit road late in the race — but he looked like a true contender before the bad luck.
TJ Majors, who became a NASCAR spotter after teaming up with Dale Earnhardt Jr. while sim racing, happens to be the voice iRacers hear in their speakers when running virtual races. Yes, he’s a spotter in iRacing as well as in real life.
Majors, who frequents iRacing, earned a special designation Sunday: NASCAR champion spotter. In his first season working with Joey Logano following Dale Jr.’s retirement, Majors called Logano to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
— Steve Myers (@iRacingMyers) November 18, 2018
So, iRacers, rest assured knowing the voice guiding your car around iRacing is that of a champion spotter.
Phelps Talks iRacing
NASCAR President Steve Phelps sat down with NASCAR.com’s Jonathan Merryman to talk eSports and its role in the future of NASCAR.
NASCAR PEAK ANTIFREEZE iRACING SERIES UPDATE
2018 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series champion Ray Alfalla received his fourth championship trophy at Homestead-Miami Speedway during Ford Championship Weekend. Let’s hope he still has room in his trophy case.
And, hey, Clint Bowyer showed up!
A NASCAR champion gets their photo taken with the championship trophy on the track — and the iRacing winner is no exception.
Alfalla also signed die-casts. Talk about star power.
— Ray Alfalla (@rayalfalla) November 18, 2018
iRACING PAINT SCHEME OF THE WEEK
Kevin Harvick’s sponsor Busch Beer was so confident Harvick and his Stewart-Haas Racing team would win the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Sunday, they made a bet: if Harvick didn’t get the job done, Busch would see to it that this “v lit” Millennial-oriented paint scheme would become reality for a race during the 2019 season.
Old guys will rule again at Homestead. In fact, Busch is so confident that Harvick will win that if he doesn’t, we’ll give millennials the v lit paint scheme they always wanted in a race next year. Don’t @ us. pic.twitter.com/uZ63oc8wa2
— Busch Beer (@BuschBeer) November 15, 2018
Of course, as history goes, Joey Logano ended up winning Sunday’s championship race, becoming the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion — meaning it’s now on Harvick’s sponsor to come through on the bet.
The best part of all? Busch’s paint scheme concept has made its way into iRacing, thanks to painter Jarrett Liebert. Yes, now you can turn virtual laps racing the “Millennial Machine” — maybe you’ll even make it to Bubba Wallace’s Twitch stream.
DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME
Watch the seas part as YouTuber JDRumble carefully moves through a major crash unfolding ahead at Michigan on a restart.
Skill or luck? Either way, with that much carnage, it’s a nice piece of driving to come out of that one cleanly.