A new sim racing series beginning this week will see professional esports drivers partnered with current and former real-world motorsport stars.
The Virtual Competition Organisation (VCO) ProSIM series has signed up current F1 drivers Max Verstappen and Romain Grosjean, former stars Rubens Barrichello and Timo Glock, and racers from other disciplines including Indycar winner Tony Kanaan and Le Mans driver Charlie Martin.
The eight event series uses the established PC game iRacing and features a total of 92 competitors in 46 teams, with each professional driver paired with an esports pro. Teams will race in identical virtual Dallara Formula 3 cars, with a mandatory pit stop for driver changes – a first for an F3-based series. The esports racers will begin each event with a “fun race” opener, where the car and track are only announced two hours before the race begins.
The current crop…