For some, online racing tournaments have replaced real racing. IndyCar, NASCAR and Sports Car series all have weekly iRacing series, with varying results. Some racers have lost sponsors for quitting events mid-game, while others have been fired for using racial slurs on live streams.
Whilst some Formula 1 drivers have been participating in glorified video game sessions, others, such as F1 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen have made shocking admissions:
With the suspension of the racing season, a karting organization from the US is giving racers an opportunity to compete. Kart racers can avoid the hassle of travelling to the race track and instead race online for only a $500 entry fee! The ROK Cup Sim Challenge (originally scheduled for April 11th / April 18th / April 25th) includes 10 age categories with 24 racers competing in each category. At $500 each for 240 competitors, that’s $120,000 in fees. Stunning! Cash prizes are $2,000 for 1st, $1,500 for 2nd, $1,000 for 3rd, $750 for 4th, and $500 for 5th. That’s $57,500 in prizes out of $120,000 in fees.