NASCAR and IndyCar Hold Virtual Races

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NASCAR's new normal resumed Sunday with another virtual event aired nationally during the sports shutdown caused by the new coronavirus.

Timmy Hill won the virtual race at Texas Motor Speedway, the second in an iRacing series thrown together after NASCAR's 36-race season was suspended four events into the year.

Hill is considered among the top competitors in iRacing, a subscription-based gaming platform. His virtual victory was his 674th in the game.

One highlight came when Daniel Suarez was parked by iRacing officials for intentionally trying but failing to crash Ty Dillon.

Fox Sports again used its team of Mike Joy and Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon to call the race, which was aired both on Fox in some markets and nationwide on its cable channel.

Those who tuned in watched a live video game of 35 NASCAR racers competing at an exact replica of Texas Motor Speedway, where the series was scheduled to be Sunday before the coronavirus shutdown.

Fox was able to obtain feeds of drivers racing on simulators everywhere from their bedrooms, basements, garages and, in the case of last week's winner, Denny Hamlin's living room.

Also on the weekend, IndyCar debuted its iRacing league with a virtual race won by Sage Karam.

The field included NASCAR seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson, who is tuning his skills for a possible run at some real IndyCar racing.

The race was IndyCar's attempt to give fans content since sports have been put on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

with files from Associated Press