William Byron opens up about his involvement in eNASCAR

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By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer

DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. – NASCAR Cup Series driver and eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series team owner William Byron opened up about his involvement in the series.

Prior to the season-opening Coca-Cola 250, William Byron eSports announced that Logitech Gaming would be the primary sponsor of Nick Ottinger’s virtual No. 25 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. Sim Seats also signed on as an associate sponsor. Ottinger, a 14-time winner in the, eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series, finished runner-up in the season opener.

Byron explained why the sponsorship is huge:

“I think it’s really big and important. I’m really excited about that sponsorship and partnership, really a partnership with Logitech, because I always grew up racing with their equipment. Now to have them as a supporter of our team, it just really is cool because it brings it full circle.”

A successful debut leaves William Byron eSports on top in the owner’s standings. In addition to Ottinger’s second-place finish, John Gorlinsky, who won the iRacing Clash, finished sixth in the No. 97 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.

“It’s going well,” Byron admitted. “I think first in the owner points right now, so that is good. Obviously, a small sample set with one race. I’m excited. They’re doing a great job, Nick and John.

“John winning the Clash last week, finishing sixth in the 500, then Nick finishing second barely last night. I think it’s great. Kind of gives me something to look forward to during the week.”

The finish however was not without controversy. Denny Hamlin Racing’s Keegan Leahy ducked below the double yellow line coming to the checkered flag. Leahy edged Ottinger for the checkered in a photo finish.

Unlike its’ real-life cousin, the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series does not penalize drivers for going below the double-yellow line on the final lap.

There is an upside as Byron explained that controversy means people are talking about the sport:

“That’s always good. There’s controversy. That means people are covering the sport, covering whatever it is. It’s good that people are watching, actually care about what’s going on. My instincts would never tell me to do that because obviously there’s a rule in the racing that I do. I think hopefully there’s plenty of races we can win this year, and that one won’t come back to haunt us.”

Race two of the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series season takes place at the virtual Auto Club Speedway on Feb. 25.

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