CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Sim Motorsports will be the presenting sponsor for the second annual Podium eSports Daytona 500 on February 2, 2020. The event will be known as the “Podium eSports Daytona 500 presented by Sim Motorsports.”
The winner of the Podium eSports Daytona 500 will also win a Sim-Lab rig courtesy of Sim Motorsports. The rig is valued at $549.
“Sim Motorsports is excited to bring Sim-Lab’s line of high-quality cockpits and accessories to the United States, and we are excited to announce our launch with a group like Podium eSports,” said Sim Motorsports’ owner Chris Iten. “After seeing the scope of last year’s Podium eSports Daytona 500, we didn’t hesitate to partner with Podium eSports for this year’s edition of the race.” Sim Motorsports’ website, www.simmotorsports.com, will relaunch at the end of January.
The Podium eSports Daytona 500 returns in 2020 as iRacing’s largest fixed-setup tournament-style Daytona 500 event. Time Trials will be held on the evening of January 31, with the two fastest cars locking themselves into the front row for the feature race.
Qualifying Day for the Podium eSports Daytona 500 returns on Saturday, February 1, as drivers will race their way through one of eight heat races, two last-chance qualifiers and two duels to set the grid for the feature race. In 2019, over 170 drivers competed on Qualifying Day for 43 starting spots.
The Podium eSports Daytona 500 presented by Sim Motorsports will be held on February 2, 2020. The green flag will fly at 1:30 p.m. ET, and will use the Beta UI’s daytime transition capabilities. It will be run in-sim at the same time as it will be run in real life. The inaugural Podium eSports Daytona 500 paid over $7,500 in prize money.
Every event of Podium eSports Speedweeks will be broadcast on the Podium eSports Twitch channel, which can be found at twitch.tv/podiumesports/.
The Podium eSports Daytona 500 costs $30 to enter. For more information on the event, including the event rulebook and registration forms, visit www.podiumesports.com/daytona-500.
Podium eSports Speedweeks Calendar
|January 27||Dirt Sprint Car – 360||Volusia Speedway Park||30 (heat format)||Free||N/A|
|January 28||Super Late Model||New Smyrna Speedway||125||$5||$100 paying to top five|
|January 29||NASCAR K&N Chevrolet Impala||Daytona International Speedway – 2007||80||$10||Charity race|
|January 30||NASCAR XFINITY Series||Daytona International Speedway||100||$10||$200 paying to top 10|
|January 31||Daytona 500 Time Trial Night||Daytona International Speedway||2||$30 (for entire weekend)||N/A|
|February 1||Daytona 500 Qualifying Day||Daytona International Speedway||20/30/60||$30 (for entire weekend)||N/A|
|February 2||The Second Annual Podium eSports Daytona 500||Daytona International Speedway||200||$30 (for entire weekend)||TBD|
2020 Podium eSports Daytona 500 Schedule
|Date||Time||Session||Number of Laps||In-Sim Time|
|January 31||9:00 p.m. ET||Qualifying||2||Night|
|February 1||1:00 p.m. ET||Heat 1||20||Afternoon|
|February 1||1:45 p.m. ET||Heat 2||20||Afternoon|
|February 1||2:30 p.m. ET||Heat 3||20||Afternoon|
|February 1||3:15 p.m. ET||Heat 4||20||Afternoon|
|February 1||4:00 p.m. ET||Heat 5||20||Afternoon|
|February 1||4:45 p.m. ET||Heat 6||20||Afternoon|
|February 1||5:30 p.m. ET||Heat 7||20||Afternoon|
|February 1||6:15 p.m. ET||Heat 8||20||Afternoon|
|February 1||7:00 p.m. ET||LCQ 1||30||Late Afternoon|
|February 1||8:00 p.m. ET||LCQ 1||30||Late Afternoon|
|February 1||9:00 p.m. ET||Duel 1||60||Night|
|February 1||10:30 p.m. ET||Duel 2||60||Night|
|February 2||1:30 p.m. ET||Race||200||February 2, 1:30 p.m.|
About Podium eSports
Podium eSports, home of the best broadcasts in sim racing, launched in January 2019. Podium eSports uses the iRacing motorsports simulation to deliver the most entertaining competition on the service. In its first year, Podium eSports earned over 40,000 views from 300+ hours of content. Podium eSports has also partnered with the Porsche Club of America and the CARS Tour to develop the CARS eSport Tour and the Porsche Club of America Sim Racing Series. Podium eSports races are broadcast live on the Podium eSports Network, which can be found at twitch.tv/podiumesports. For more information, visit www.podiumesports.com.
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