CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Oct. 2, 2020) – Podium eSports has agreed a deal with GRIT Motorsports to broadcast the GRIT Ultimate Driver Challenge, which will run between Nov. 16 and Jan. 4, 2021. All races of the GRIT Ultimate Driver Challenge will air at 7:30 p.m. ET on Monday nights at twitch.tv/podiumesports.
The GRIT Ultimate Driver Challenge will see competitors take on seven tracks in seven weeks with seven different cars. Drivers may choose to compete in a race with any one of the NASCAR Cup Series Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE, NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoor Truck Series Chevrolet Silverado, Riley MkXX Daytona Prototype, Lucas Oil Offroad Series Pro 2 Lite Truck, Dallara IR18, Super Late Model, and the Dirt Street Stock. However, drivers may only use a car once during the regular season. The best drivers across the first seven weeks will compete for the championship at Homestead Miami Speedway on Jan. 4.
“When we were thinking about creating an iRacing series, we wanted to do something unique and different,” said GRIT Motorsports owner Kyle Dager. “The GRIT Ultimate Driver Challenge will test the driving ability of our competitors, but also test their knowledge of the cars they race in. Choosing the right car for the right track will be a major part of the strategy in the GRIT Ultimate Driver Challenge and we look forward to seeing what our competitors come up with.”
GRIT Motorsports arrives on Podium eSports with prior experience on the channel already. Three drivers of GRIT Motorsports’ esports team — Brandon Hauff, Lucas Cram, and Nick Olsen — have competed in prior Podium eSports events, with the latter two a part of the Fall season for the Esports Racing League presented by Sim Seats. Both the esports team and the Ultimate Driver Challenge are part of GRIT Motorsports’ push to maximize the potential of sim racing as a tool to prepare drivers for racing in real life.
“When we heard about the GRIT Ultimate Driver Challenge, we knew this was going to be a special series,” said Podium eSports CEO James Pike. “To our knowledge, no one has tested the limits of multiclass racing in iRacing in this manner before, and we expect to learn a lot from the GRIT Ultimate Driver Challenge as it unfolds in front of us.”
More information about the GRIT Ultimate Driver Challenge can be found at www.gritmotorsports.com/ultimate-driver-challenge. For more information about GRIT Motorsports, visit www.gritmotorsports.com. For more information about Podium eSports, visit www.podiumesports.com.
About Podium eSports
Podium eSports, a production company primarily focused on producing events within the iRacing.com Motorsports Simulation, launched in January 2019. Podium eSports uses iRacing to deliver high-quality broadcasts to race fans around the world. In March 2020, Podium eSports produced the Replacements 100 from Atlanta Motor Speedway, which averaged over 20,000 live views and set a new record for viewership of an independently-produced iRacing broadcast. In its first year, Podium eSports earned over 40,000 views from 300+ hours of content. Podium eSports is partnered with the Sim 500 eSports Racing League, NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Anthony Alfredo, the CARS Tour and the Porsche Club of America. Podium eSports races are broadcast live on the Podium eSports Twitch Channel, which can be found at twitch.tv/podiumesports. For more information, visit www.podiumesports.com.