Charlotte, NC – With his win at the virtual Kansas Speedway on October 20, Nick Ottinger locked himself into the four drivers that will compete for the 2020 eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series Championship and the unprecedented $100,000 grand prize. The William Byron eSports driver will take the green flag in the No. 25 LogitechG Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 tonight at 8 p.m. ET.
William Byron eSports is in its first year of competition and although the team is in its infancy, the team owner and his drivers are iRacing veterans. Before William Byron climbed behind the wheel of a physical car and quickly rose through the ranks of NASCAR, the Cup Series driver cut his teeth in the virtual world of iRacing and credits the racing simulation for his start in motorsports. As iRacing expanded the Coca-Cola Series to 20 chartered teams for the 2020 season, it was a natural fit for the 22-year old Byron to enter the eSports world as a team owner.
“I’m really excited to have Nick represent us at William Byron eSports in the eNASCAR iRacing Series championship race tonight,” said Byron. “What a huge accomplishment for him to make it to this point of the season with an opportunity at the Championship. He has done a great job working hard to establish this team as a contender in the first year of its existence, and I look forward to seeing what he can do not only in this race, but in the future.”
Ottinger has been a fixture within the iRacing since he was 15 years old. His love for racing developed at age 13 as his time of playing football, baseball and basketball came to a screeching halt when complications required him to have open heart surgery. During the months of recuperation, he was introduced to a variety of video games, but it was simulation racing that really stuck for the Claremont, N.C.-native. Since 2012, Ottinger has made 148 starts in the eNASCAR iRacing Series, claiming 16 wins and 47 top-five finishes. His best championship point standings finish of third came in 2013. Tonight, that could change as he is one of four drivers contending for the title.
Live streamed coverage will be available at enascar.com/live, Facebook.com/NASCAR, YouTube.com/NASCAR and Twitch.tv/iRacing. The race will also be rebroadcast on Sunday, November 8 at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, immediately following the post-race coverage of the NASCAR Cup Series Championship.