As increasingly more eSports drivers gain traction on the national stage, the conversation often turns to: How would eSports drivers fare on a real track, in a real car? Thanks to Sunoco’s eWorld vs. Real World challenge, a pair of Richmond Raceway eSports’ elite competitors had a chance to square off with current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace in a series of events that provided a pathway to the answer.
The challenge was split into two parts: an iRacing experience and a real-world track experience.
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Richmond Raceway eSports drivers Malik Ray (No. 90 Sunoco Toyota) and Jimmy Mullis (No. 46 Sim Seats Toyota) defended their home turf against Wallace (No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet), as they sat behind the wheel of a Sim Seats driving simulator. The trio of drivers competed at virtual Richmond Raceway to see who could lay down the quickest lap time.
The second part of the challenge featured a real world at-track experience. Each challenger wheeled a US Legends car at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s quarter-mile track, battling to see who could put together the fastest four-lap run.
After the conclusion of both segments, each driver’s recorded times were totaled, and the winner was crowned. Check out the video above to see the full experience play out and who ended up with the ultimate bragging rights.