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iRacing Rallycross Race Preview: Daytona

iRacing Rallycross Race Preview: Daytona

After four spring invitational races to help set the stage, the 2021 iRacing Rallycross season proper begins on Wednesday with a visit to Daytona International Speedway. The first of nine rounds for both the World Championship and All-Star Invitational divisions, one of iRacing’s first rallycross circuits launches both divisions into an exciting season. Races will begin at 4PM ET/1PM PT at iRacing.com/live and across a large slate of Facebook, Twitch, and YouTube channels.

Check out the preseason show above and read on for even more information!

World Championship

With four powerful new franchises—Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, Logitech G Altus Esports, Vermont SportsCar, and Elliott Sadler eSports—the iRX WCS field has a slightly different look for 2021, but that look changes even more when you look at the new driver roster. A double-digit rookie class should add plenty of intrigue to what was already an enthralling championship, as do a set of contingency awards including the Yokohama Pole Award, DirtFish Rookie of the Year, Hard Charger, and Most Improved Driver, each of which comes with a $100 cash bonus at the end of the season.

The full driver roster with teams is below:

No.

Driver.

Team

2020 Finish

00 Johannes Vähänen Loenbro Motorsports Rookie
06 Beau Albert Logitech G Altus Esports 19th
2 Garrett Manes Elliott Sadler eSports 10th
12 Josh Fox Hansen Williams Esports 6th
13 Jakob Rafoss Vermont SportsCar Rookie
14 Luis Núñez Logitech G Altus Esports Rookie
15 Alex Bergeron Jim Beaver eSports 30th*
18 Killian Dall’olmo SET Esports Team GRX 16th
20 Matt Bussa Ed Carpenter Racing 26th*
21 Louis Lejeune Ed Carpenter Racing Rookie
22 Rasmus Tuominen SET Esports Team GRX 11th
30 Kevin Ellis Jr. Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Rookie
34 Luke Crouse Nitro Circus 28th*
44 Jonne Ollikainen SET Esports 5th
45 Jake Robertson Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 9th
52 Jarno Leskinen Hansen Williams Esports Rookie
55 Vicente Salas Elliott Sadler eSports 20th
63 Sindre Silva Team Yokohama 22nd
64 Thomas Wangen Team Yokohama Rookie
71 Aatu Hakalehto Vermont SportsCar Rookie
77 Quentin Dall’olmo Kligerman Sport Rookie
83 Tommi Nukarinen Loenbro Motorsports Rookie
86 Jon Robertson Subaru Motorsports USA 2nd
87 Tommi Hallman SET Esports 3rd
90 Yohann Harth Subaru Motorsports USA 1st
92 Toni Lähteenmäki Jim Beaver eSports Rookie
99 Marcos Matamoros Kligerman Sport 21st
199 Otto Taskinen Nitro Circus 13th

*substitute/part-time driver in 2020

All-Star Invitational

The first All-Star round of the year will look quite different from past events. Real-world racing stars like NHRA champion Ron Capps and ARX2 champion Conner Martell will be joined by popular streamers like Quirkitized and GoProLopez, as well as top iRacing pros from other disciplines who are completely new to rallycross. A list of this week’s invitees is below; entries are subject to changes and additions:

No.

Driver

Car

Background

03 Keenan Kusan | @MrAeroHD Subaru Twitch partner
11 Malik Ray | @CampaignRay TBA eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series
13 Trevor Perry | @PuckVanek TBA Twitch partner
15 Zac Campbell Subaru Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup
21 Conner Martell Subaru FIA World Rallycross RX2e
28 Ron Capps VW NHRA Camping World Series
28 Connor Barry Subaru Great American Short Course
49 Jamie Fluke | @JamieFluke Subaru Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup
53 Justin Melillo Subaru eNASCAR journalist, Traxion.GG
75 Landon Huffman | @HuffmanLive Subaru NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
77 Luke Knupp Subaru Best in the Desert
85 Mikey Lawrence Subaru SCORE World Desert Championship
360 Craig Williams | @CraigSetupShop VW Twitch
504 Pablo López | @GoProLopez Ford Twitch partner
920 Tyson Meier | @Quirkitized TBA Twitch partner

 

How To Watch

New for 2021, iRX will be broadcast in four languages from the start of the season. Here’s where to tune in!

Image via Beau Albert

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