INDYCAR-Motorsport Games Pro Challenge set for February 9

Esports event will feature NTT INDYCAR SERIES drivers

Motorsport Games Inc. (NASDAQ: MSGM) (“Motorsport Games”) and INDYCAR today announced that the INDYCAR-Motorsport Games Pro Challenge will take place on Wednesday, February 9, with the first official esports event between the two parties featuring many NTT INDYCAR SERIES stars.

Among the drivers expected to compete are defending champion Alex Palou of Chip Ganassi Racing, four-time Indianapolis 500 entered by Gainbridge winner Helio Castroneves of Meyer Shank Racing, two-time series champion Josef Newgarden of Team Penske and many more. others.

Fans can tune in to watch the whole day of racing at INDYCAR YouTube Channel, beginning with the pre-show at 6 p.m. ET. The green flag for both heats and the race will drop at 6:30 p.m., with the conclusion of the race and interviews taking place thereafter around 7:15 p.m. NBC Sports’ INDYCAR host and pit reporter Kevin Lee will host.

“The 2022 INDYCAR-Motorsport Games Pro Challenge is our first foray into the world of esports with our new partners, and we couldn’t be more excited to bring this competition to fans,” said George Holmquist, vice president of the Motorsport Games Marketing. . “Viewers can expect the same world-class experience as our other esports events, such as the highly acclaimed Le Mans Virtual Series, to carry over to this new series. We look forward to continuing to produce events live esports with INDYCAR going forward, all leading up to our first game in 2023.”

This event is part of an exclusive July 2021 agreement between INDYCAR and Motorsport Games, a leading racing game developer, publisher and esports ecosystem provider of official motorsport racing series across the world. The partnership will produce an INDYCAR virtual series and video game set to launch in 2023 on PlayStation, Xbox and PC.

“INDYCAR fans are a passionate, global audience hungry for quality motorsport gaming content,” said SJ Luedtke, vice president of marketing, INDYCAR. “With our partners at Motorsport Games, we are now able to offer these same fans a top-notch virtual esports experience while cultivating a new base of INDYCAR supporters and followers. We can’t wait for everyone to attend the first-ever INDYCAR-Motorsport Games Pro Challenge this year, and we’re excited to continue producing these events for many years to come.

The races will be held on the rFactor 2 PC platform. The track will be announced on race day, to keep drivers guessing and add a fun element of mystery to the competition. The format for each round and the race:

  • Heat 1
    • 10 minute duration
    • Starting grid of the draw
    • Points will be awarded
  • Heat 2
    • 10 minute duration
    • The order of the starting grid must be the reverse of Heat 1
    • Points will be awarded
  • Race
    • 20 minute duration
    • The order of the starting grid will be determined by the position of the points after the two heats
    • Double points will be awarded

The top three will receive donations to a charity of their choice, with first place winning $10,000, second place $8,000, third place $5,000 and a $2,500 lottery.

rFactor 2 players will soon be able to compete in official INDYCAR events through the game’s competition system, which recently underwent a UI overhaul. Further details will be announced at a later date.

In July 2021, Motorsport Games and INDYCAR entered into an exclusive partnership to create and distribute the INDYCAR video games, with the first game due out in 2023. The companies will jointly create an all-new, highly anticipated racing and gaming franchise. fans alike. After nearly two decades without a gaming title, North America’s first open-wheel racing series will be back in homes to play anytime.

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