Ahead of tonight’s virtual Pro Invitational Series race, NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Jr.‘s car has been revealed on Twitter.
Last year, the Pro Invitational Series made its debut during the COVID-19 pandemic. As NASCAR shut down temporarily, iRacing became a popular alternative. Dale Earnhardt Jr. joined the league as a regular driver where he made his best finish as a runner-up in the first race at a virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway. As a longtime fan and player, he even joined the iRacing company as an executive director in November.
Although he hasn’t raced regularly this season, Earnhardt Jr. was a promoter’s provisional pick as a special entry in tonight’s race. Therefore the former driver will get back on the track this evening albeit virtually. In addition, NASCAR has shared the first look at his newly designed car.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is returning to his No. 88 car, which he drove for nine years from 2008 to 2017. The newest rendition of his Hellmanns race car is decked out in all black with hot pink accents.
“Sweet ride, @DaleJr. See the 88 back on the track tonight in the #ProInvitationalSeries on FS1!” NASCAR’s account tweeted.
NASCAR iRacing Event Heading to Virtual Chicago Street Course
Earnhardt Jr. will join a virtual field of 37 drivers on Wednesday night, including many of the top current drivers in NASCAR. Some of the other competitors include Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr., and more.
The racers will face off in the fifth round of the 2021 eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series tonight. This evening’s race will take place on the virtual Chicago Street Course. It measures about 2.2 miles and is also intertwined with many of Chicago‘s most famous landmarks, according to a NASCAR report. The course will pass through Michigan Avenue and Lake Shore Drive, and lap the outskirts of Grant Park. Of course, Chicago’s downtown skyline will feature prominently in the background as well.
The eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series began on March 24 at the virtual Bristol Motor Speedway dirt track. This season consists of 10 races in 2021 with four completed so far. They’ve included virtual stops at Bristol, Talladega Superspeedway, Darlington Raceway, and the Circuit of the Americas.
Tonight’s coverage will begin at 6 p.m. EST on FS1. The 51-lap virtual race will feature 37 cars. Additionally, the race will include two resets. The actual race will start at 8 p.m. EST on the same network.