The sport of speedway has always enjoyed an association with Supercar drivers, and that is set to continue with Scott McLaughlin becoming the latest driver to join the iRacing speedway revolution.
After success in the Supercar and IndyCar iRacing platforms in recent months, the current and two-time Supercar Champion is set to contest this weekend’s Western Swing of the World eSeries Sprintcar Championship that is to be held at the famed Knoxville Raceway in America, which is set to see the action begin tonight.
It’s fantastic to have a driver of McLaughlin’s calibre taking an interest in the sport of speedway, even though it’s only in the iRacing platform. However, the 26-year-old New Zealand ex-pat is certainly no stranger to speedway, after he was scheduled back in 2014 to drive Max Dumesny’s Vic # 5 Sprintcar at a Valvoline Oils promotional day at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway (NSW), unfortunately the event was cancelled due to the wet weather.
There is no doubt going to be a lot of interest surrounding this weekend’s World eSeries Sprintcar Championship round by having McLaughlin making a cameo appearance, and hopefully it gains some welcomed general media coverage for speedway. When it comes to McLaughlin, there is always plenty of mainstream media interest around pretty much everything that he does – both on and off the track.
Since the coronavirus outbreak has rocked the world and consequently shut it down, the iRacing platform has enjoyed unprecedented growth. Although the iRacing has enjoyed a significant surge, it’s unsure how it will go post coronavirus lockdown and when actual racing gets back underway, which it is beginning to do. One thing is for sure, iRacing is going to play a part in the enthusiasts’ future, but it is yet to be seen how much that will be.