NASCAR and iRacing will celebrate the 10th season of the eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series in 2019. The series, NASCAR’s only officially sanctioned esports series, is increasing its prize pool to $100,000, the highest in series history.
“We are absolutely thrilled to be able to increase the prize pool to $100,000,” said Anthony Gardner, President, iRacing.com. “Working closely with NASCAR, as well as a great partner like PEAK Antifreeze, we have been able to elevate the series to a whole new level.”
The eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series is the longest running official esports racing series. The updated prize pool represents more than a 500% increase from the previous year, making it one of the richest payouts in esports racing competition.
The 2019 season kicks off on February 12 at Daytona International Speedway and runs through October with the series champion receiving his or her championship trophy and check on stage during pre-race ceremonies at the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November.
“We couldn’t be more pleased to celebrate the 10th season of the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series with our partners at NASCAR and iRacing,” said Bryan Emrich, Chief Marketing Officer for Old World Industries. “We have a storied history in motorsports and over the past five years as title sponsor we have authentically engaged and connected with racing enthusiasts competing at the highest level of sim-racing. This is a great way to build upon our official global Antifreeze partnership with NASCAR and our entitlement of the PEAK Mexico NASCAR Series.”
NASCAR’s commitment to the series is stronger than ever with Jusan Hamilton recently being named Series Director for the eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series and the eNASCAR Ignite Series. Hamilton brings years of racing operations experience and is well placed to integrate the series even more within the NASCAR framework.
“NASCAR is putting a strong emphasis on esports and the increased prize money demonstrates how committed we are to the series,” added Jusan Hamilton, NASCAR and Series Director of eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series. “The competition has continued to improve each of the past nine seasons and we expect the incentive to win a championship will be at an all-time high. I believe this will be the most competitive season in series history.”
Round 1: Daytona International Speedway February 12
Round 2: Las Vegas Motor Speedway February 26
Round 3: Auto Club Speedway March 12
Round 4: Texas Motor Speedway March 26
Round 5: Richmond Raceway April 9
Round 6: Talladega Superspeedway April 23
Round 7: Kansas Speedway May 7
Round 8: Charlotte Motor Speedway May 21
Round 9: Sonoma Raceway June 11
Round 10: Chicagoland Speedway June 25
Round 11: Kentucky Speedway July 9
Round 12: Pocono Raceway July 23
Round 13: Michigan International Speedway August 6
Round 14: Bristol Motor Speedway August 20
Round 15: Darlington Raceway August 27
Round 16: Indianapolis Motor Speedway September 10
Round 17: Charlotte Motor Speedway – Roval September 24
Round 18: Homestead-Miami October 8