2022 eNASCAR International iRacing Series announced

Justin Melillo
2022 eNASCAR International iRacing Series announced

Combining talents from NASCAR’s international footprints, the eNASCAR International iRacing Series will make its return in 2022. The reinstated series will have backing from D-BOX Technologies and Digital Motorsports this year. Races will take place for five consecutive weeks on Saturdays, live on eNASCAR.com/live, starting at 12 p.m. EST / 5 p.m. GMT.

Following the premature end to the eNASCAR Pro Invitational iRacing Series with the NASCAR Cup Series stars, the international talents from the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, NASCAR Peak Mexico Series, NASCAR Pinty’s Series, and select drivers from NASCAR’s 2021 Drive for Diversity class took the eNASCAR pro spotlight. International and Drive for Diversity standouts battled across a trio of road courses on the iRacing service in a three race limited series in the middle of 2021.

As it makes its return in 2022 with two more races on the scheduled than last year, the same three international NASCAR series and members of the 2022 Drive for Diversity class will make up the roster. Last season saw Simon Pilate from the Whelen Euro Series take the de facto title with the most points scored through the season. Pilate, along with both Agustin Canapino and Leonel Pernia from the Peak Mexico Series, were victorious last year.

This season, many of those drivers and more will return to the fold. Of the new entries, Alex Tagliani headlines the list with a number still yet to be determined. The majority of the roster will be made up of Whelen Euro Series drivers.

Only the Daytona Road Course returns from the 2021 limited series, as both COTA and Brands Hatch were not added back. Instead, the series picks up two oval races, one at Homestead-Miami to open the year and one at Phoenix Raceway to close it out. Races at CTMP, Zolder and the aforementioned Daytona Road Course will fill the meat of the schedule.

eNASCAR International: Pernia takes victory in series finale

Last season, drivers competed using the NASCAR Xfinity Series Class B vehicles. While a car hasn’t been announced for this returning series, I still have to wonder if this could lead to the addition of the various cars driven in these three international series. It’s not NASCAR, but the Stock Car Brasil cars are to be added to the iRacing service at some point, so it’s definitely a possibility that we could see a Pinty’s, Peak, or Whelen car at some point down the road.

It’s notable that both D-BOX and Digital Motorsports are stepping up to back the series in 2022. Both entities are huge in the world of sim racing technologies. Also, the time change will hopefully bring in a wider audience from Europe. Last season, races started at 11 p.m. BST, quite late for many over there to enjoy. Now with races at 5 p.m. GMT, it might be a tad early for those in the Americas, but overall should be better for more people to tune in.

Check out the full schedule and drivers list below. We’ll have more information on the series as it becomes available.

2022 eNASCAR International iRacing Series Schedule

  • 8th January 2022 – Homestead-Miami Speedway
  • 15th January 2022 – Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
  • 22nd January 2022 – Circuit Zolder
  • 29th January 2022 – Daytona International Speedway Road Course
  • 5th February 2022 – Phoenix Raceway

2022 eNASCAR International Series Drivers List

No.Driver NameCountryCurrent Series
1Vladimiros TziortzisCyprusNASCAR Whelen Euro Series
2Nicholas SanchezUSARCA Menards Series
3Frederic GabillonFranceNASCAR Whelen Euro Series
5Aaron CosioMexicoNASCAR Mexico Trucks Series
6Diego OrtizMexicoNASCAR Mexico Trucks Series
8Simon PilateBelgiumNASCAR Whelen Euro Series
9Leonardo ColavitaItalyNASCAR Whelen Euro Series
10Regina SirventMexicoAAP Weekly Series Late Model
13Rajah CaruthUS/St. VincentARCA Menards & NASCAR AAP Weekly
14Alex de AlbaMexicoNASCAR PEAK Mexico Series
18Justin CampbellUSBojangles Summer Shootout
19Jaiden ReynaUSUS Legend Cars
20Alon DayIsraelNASCAR Whelen Euro Series
22Andres Perez de LaraMexicoNASCAR Challenge Mexico Series
23Federico Gutierrez HoppeMexicoNASCAR Mexico Trucks Series
32Treyten LapcevichCanadaNASCAR Pinty’s Series
39Victor Barrales Jr.MexicoNASCAR PEAK Mexico Series
46Miguel GomesPortugalNASCAR Whelen Euro Series
48Yevgen SokolovskiyUkraineNASCAR Whelen Euro Series
50Tobias DauenhauerGermanyNASCAR Whelen Euro Series
51Jake CosioMexicoNASCAR PEAK Mexico Series
53Maximiliano Gutiérrez HoppeMexicoNASCAR PEAK Mexico Series
56Advait DeodharIndiaNASCAR Whelen Euro Series
64Paul JouffreauFranceNASCAR Whelen Euro Series
69Giorgio MaggiSwitzerlandNASCAR Whelen Euro Series
77Jocelyn FecteauCanadaNASCAR Pinty’s Series
88Massimiliano LanzaItalyNASCAR Whelen Euro Series
89Alberto PanebiancoItalyNASCAR Whelen Euro Series
90Davide DallaraItalyNASCAR Whelen Euro Series
148Gordon BarnesUnited KingdomNASCAR Whelen Euro Series
TBDAlex TaglianiCanadaNASCAR Pinty’s Series
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