During the Preseason Show for the iRacing Rallycross World Championship Series Presented by Yokohama, the 28 drivers competing this year, two drivers for each of the 14 teams, were announced for the 2021 season.
Yohann Harth, the defending 2020 Series Champion, will make the move from Team Yokohama over to Subaru Motorsports USA. Along with both of those teams, other teams as SET Esports, SET Esports Team GRX, Hansen Williams Esports, Ed Carpenter Racing, Jim Beaver Esports, Nitro Circus, Loenbro Motorsports and Kligerman Sport return from the 2020 season.
New teams entering the series in 2021 include Rahal Letterman Lanigan Esports, Logitech G Altus Esports, Elliott Sadler Esports and Vermont SportsCar, a technical partner of the existing Subaru Motorsports USA. While many of the series regulars like Alex Bergeron, Jon Robertson and Josh Fox return to the fold, some new faces are in the field.
|TEAM||Driver 1||Driver 2|
|Subaru Motorsports USA||Yohann Harth||Jon Robertson|
|Team Yokohama||Sindre Silva||Thomas Wangen|
|Rahal Letterman Lanigan Esports||Jake Robertson||Kevin Ellis Jr|
|SET Esports||Tommi Hallan||Jonne Ollikainen|
|SET Esports Team GRX||Killian Dall’olmo||Rasmus Tuominen|
|Logitech G Altus Esports||Beau Albert||Luis Nunez|
|Elliott Sadler Esports||Garrett Manes||Vicente Salas|
|Hansen Williams Esports||Jarno Leskinen||Josh Fox|
|Kligerman Sport||Quentin Dall’olmo||Marcos Maramoros|
|Ed Carpenter Racing||Matt Bussa||Louis Lejeune|
|Jim Beaver Esports||Alex Bergeron||Toni Lahteenmaki|
|Nitro Circus||Luke Crouse||Otto Taskinen|
|Loenbro Motorsports||Johannes Vahanen||Tommi Nukarinen|
|Vermont SportsCar||Jakob Rafoss||Aatu Hakelhto|
Personally, it’s really cool to see eNASCAR representation not only with some eNASCAR teams like Jim Beaver, Kligerman Sport and newcomer Elliott Sadler Esports, but also drivers like Garrett Manes, Vicente Salas and Matt Bussa who return for 2021.
Keep your eyes on Killian Dall’olmo, who finished third in the DiRT Rally 2.0 World Series Season 2 rallycross championship in February of this year.
The season opens on Wednesday at Daytona Int’l Speedway on the Long Rallycross course. The broadcast will be on the iRacing social channels and presented by talent from RaceSpotTV.
It will be the first time the entire series will race at nine different venues now that there are enough Rallycross tracks on the iRacing service to prevent duplicated events. The full schedule can be found below.
|Round 1||Wednesday, September 22, 2021||Daytona International Speedway // Long|
|Round 2||Wednesday, September 29, 2021||Atlanta Motor Speedway // Long|
|Round 3||Wednesday, October 06, 2021||Iowa Speedway // Rallycross|
|Round 4||Wednesday, October 13, 2021||Brand Hatch Circuit // Rallycross|
|Round 5||Wednesday, October 20, 2021||Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya // Rallycross|
|Round 6||Wednesday, October 27, 2021||Hell Laankebanen|
|Round 7||Wednesday, November 03, 2021||Phoenix Raceway // Rallycross|
|Round 8||Wednesday, November 10, 2021||Sonoma Raceway // Rallycross|
|Round 9||Wednesday, November 17, 2021||Charlotte Motor Speedway // Rallycross|
Points will be similar to how they were in 2020, and the series will be accompanied by an All Star race beforehand which will feature some Nitro Rallycross talent like Travis Pastrana as well as other drivers from other disciplines.
Drivers such as Scott Speed, Ron Capps, Parker Kligerman, James Hinchcliff, Bucky Lasek and more are expected to be included in the All Star events preceding the professional sim drivers.
The full preseason show is available below. Tune in on Wednesday for the All-Star race where you might see some very familiar names taking part…