Screen to Speed roster announced; broadcast will be live on Twitch front page

Justin Melillo
The 15 female drivers that were able to qualify in on speed for the Screen to Speed were announced last week. The finale will take place live on 4th March at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Screen to Speed roster announced; broadcast will be live on Twitch front page

The Top 15 female sim racers across the US, Canada and Europe that have qualified on top of the charts for the Screen to Speed by Pennzoil event on the iRacing platform are heading to Las Vegas on 4th March for the live, in-person finale.

They’ll be going up against each other for a chance at winning $15,000, a Next Level Racing simulation rig, and the opportunity to drive a Kelly-Moss Porsche race car in a Speed Vegas test drive alongside Kelly-Moss driver and former W Series competitor Sabré Cook.

The event will be streamed live on 4th March at 5:00 p.m. PST, which is Las Vegas local time, on Init Esports’ Twitch and YouTube channels, as well as on the ESTV service. Speaking of Twitch, the show will be pinned on the front page of the Twitch website

TOP DRIVERS ON LEADERBOARD HEADING TO LAS VEGAS

After weeks of Time Attack laps were put down on the Screen to Speed leaderboards at the Las Vegas infield road course, the Top 15 were determined and have been invited to compete live at the finale which will happen at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

POSITIONCOUNTRYDRIVER NAMEQUAL TIME
1GBMartina Ward46.738 seconds
2GBOlivia Hayward47.864 seconds
3IESaoirse Fitzpatrick47.866 seconds
4USEmily Howe47.928 seconds
5GBRoxie Gibson48.351 seconds
6USKristina Ryan48.367 seconds
7CAAthena Leclerc48.426 seconds
8GBCallie Baigent48.445 seconds
9NLEsmeralda Naald48.469 seconds
10USJewel Wolfe48.492 seconds
11CAAloo Gobi48.516 seconds
12USEris Aphelion48.519 seconds
13USGarnet Collins48.543 seconds
14USRuby Acosta48.563 seconds
15GBHamish Easner48.573 seconds

NEXT LEVEL RACING, FORD AND MORE SIGNED ON AS PARTNERS

With the in-person event, two big names in automotive and sim racing have signed on as partners to present the Screen to Speed by Pennzoil event.

They’re going to need sim racing rigs to compete live in front the NASCAR fans at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, so Next Level Racing has signed on to provide the cockpits for the participants to compete with at the track. Not only that, but the winner will also take home a Next Level Racing simulator.

While nobody will be walking away with a new Ford vehicle, the company has also signed on as a presenting sponsor alongside the previously announced Pennzoil brand, two names synonymous with one another. Pennzoil will sponsor Team Penske that weekend, one of the top Ford programs in NASCAR.

While iRacing’s three NASCAR manufacturers need no Balance of Performance tweaking, all of the Screen to Speed drivers will compete in the NASCAR Ford Mustang NEXT Gen racecar as a part of the event.

Screen to Speed iRacing NASCAR

A multi-year program for discovering female talent from esports and gaming

If all things go well, this could be the start of something big for women in sim racing. The program is designed to be a multi-year program, this first go in Las Vegas in 2023 is just the first. Init Esports founder Stefy Bau and Kellymoss Inc. co-owner Victoria Thomas are the two minds behind the whole program.

Bau told Traxion.GG’s own Crystal Scour as the Screen to Speed competition was ramping up that “the idea started as a way to meet the young demographic where they are (online) and show them the different doors into the motorsports industry.”

Bau continued that “as a former professional racer, I have experienced first-hand the difficulties of getting into motorsports as a female. We want to change that and inspire everyone to go for their dreams.”

Screen to Speed esports competition

Sabré Cook is one of the Kelly-Moss Road and Race drivers this year, and is the driver who the winner of this year’s contest will get to drive beside in the test drive.

I’ve actually spoken to Cook before, back in 2020 when the W Series was shut down amongst the rest of the motorsports world and organizers had to come up with a virtual way to keep drivers racing.

She was relatively new to the sim racing sphere back then, as were many real-world drivers, but here we are, less than three years later, and sim racing has now become an avenue for more prospective drivers.

In the case of this Screen to Speed by Pennzoil program, it’s now a means for more women to get their names recognized in the real-world paddocks.

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