Multiplayer Racing at the Daytona 500

30 Jan Multiplayer Racing at the Daytona 500

Published January 30, 2018

After a long history providing virtual driving solutions for drivers and enthusiasts, VRX Simulators will be launching its very own multiplayer racing tournament – VRX Motorsports – with hefty prizes that include sim racing hardware and cash.

Motorsports History

Motorsports has a long and diverse history. With its origins in France, where a French newspaper set up a race from Paris and Rouen and began the phenomenon known as racing. Since then, the explosion of racing took Europe by storm and, after World War II, eventually made its way to the United States. 

From the turn of the century, motorsports have reigned strong as an adrenaline-fueled sport with a global reach of millions of passionate fans. Many classes of motorsport have formed with Formula One, NASCAR, and IndyCar being some of the most prevalent.

Image source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_auto_racing#/media/File:1894_paris-rouen_-_albert_lemaître_(peugeot_3hp)_1st.jpg

eSports – What is eSports?

The newest phenomenon in racing is the competitive world of digital racing known as Esports.

Esports has been around since the early 80s, with organized tournaments for video games such as Space Invaders and Quake (once the PC began to grow in adaptation).

Since its inception, Esports has grown into a huge industry spanning several of video game genres. Winners of esports competitions can earn up to $20.8 million in prize money. To put this into perspective, the UEFA Champions League offers a prize of over $75 million and is one of the largest amounts of prize money offered in a sporting event.

Formula One did award a prize of almost $100 million to the Mercedes race team in 2016, though the prize pool varies each year.

Image source: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/0a/The_International_2014.jpg/1200px-The_International_2014.jpg

Racing in eSports

The origins of esports racing is unclear, though many attribute it to the popularization of Gran Turismo and GT Academy, which rewarded the top performing players of Gran Turismo with an opportunity to compete in Nissan’s Driver Development Programme with real cars. GT Academy drew parallels between the skills demonstrated by the player in the game and the skill shown behind the wheel of a real racecar.

Since then, popular games such as Project CARS, iRacing.com, and Formula One (game franchise) have attracted top gaming talent from around the world and created a huge variety of tournaments around virtual racing. Fernando Alonso, a prominent F1 driver, just announced the launch of his own eSports team.

VRX eSports League

Debuting at the Daytona 500 in partnership with Jeffrey Earnhardt, VRX will be hosting several virtual racing tournaments in parallel with the real NASCAR tournament. VRX will be hosting mini Daytona 500 tournaments over the weekend and encouraging NASCAR fans to participate in the tournament. Participants will be competing for sim racing hardware, including a full VRX iMotion simulator as well as prize money each day.

The VRX tournaments will follow the VRX Motorsports experience throughout the 36-race NASCAR schedule and be hosting tournaments at each event, offering racers around the world an opportunity to compete in conjunction with actual race tournaments.

The tournaments will center around the NASCAR series of motorsports, but there will be plans for expansion into other forms of motorsport including F1 and IndyCar by the end of the year.

How To Get Involved

Announcements for participation will be announced through VRX’s mailing list and the VRX Motorsports page on the VRX.ca website.

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