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Ep. 194: An iRacing/eNASCAR primer with Parker Kligerman and Steve Letarte

By Nate Ryan, NASCAR on NBC Sports

Two NASCAR on NBC analysts who also are iRacing team owners discuss the simulation racing phenomenon, beginning with Parker Kligerman on the differences between iRacing and the eNASCAR leagues (3:00); the reasons for this year's formation of teams (5:00); how virtual racing could lower the barrier of entry to motorsports (7:00); making the transition from the virtual world to a real-world track (8:00); how the 10,000-hour theory applies to iRacing (9:00); an explanation of the iRacing league structure and schedule (11:00); how the NASCAR America broadcast race works (13:00); his pitch to convince former skeptic Jeff Burton to join him as a team owner (15:00); why many races this season have been so good (17:00); attracting a sponsor to Burton Kligerman eSports (19:00); what a sponsor gets out of an iRacing team (21:30); attracting old-guard NASCAR to iRacing (24:00); Parker's long-term vision of bringing motorsports to the masses (27:00); Steve Letarte joins the podcast and explains how he got involved in iRacing (31:00); his roles in promoting the team, developing the drivers and possibly working as a crew chief (33:00); how he decided to draft his two drivers (34:00); the three-fold hook of iRacing and why broadcasting virtual races has so much in common with a real life race (36:00); why Steve is involved: the appeal of bringing motorsports to youth (38:00).

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