Racing fans will now have additional entertainment during the down season with the announcement of the Winter Heat Series, a brand new, four-event Esports tournament, which will run from November and finish with a showpiece finale ahead of the Daytona 500.
The new tournament, open to all NASCAR Heat 5 players, follows the success of the second season of the eNASCAR Heat Pro League, and will offer racers a $47,000 prize pool.
February’s showpiece promises to be a spectacular final with the top three finishers of the November, December, and January events, on each platform, competing for the grand prize.
The Winter Heat Series is open to all NASCAR Heat 5 players on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and the Xbox One family of devices including the Xbox One X. Each of the Heat Winter Series events will carry a different theme to bring an extra dimension to the race.
From the existing eNASCAR Heat Pro League Series, 10 of the teams (Chip Ganassi Gaming, Gibbs Gaming, JR Motorsports, JTG Daugherty Throttlers, Petty eSports, RCR eSports, Roush Fenway Gaming, Stewart-Haas eSports, Team Penske eSports and Wood Brothers Gaming) have all signed up for the Winter Heat Series. The existing Esports drivers for these teams will automatically earn a position in the first three events.
Additional qualification for the remaining grid spots on the first event, the ‘Movember 50’, will be open in game from Tuesday, 10th November to Thursday, 12th November. The top 24 drivers on each platform will then race it out online on 22nd November around virtual Dover International Speedway.
The Movember 50 is being run in partnership with the Movember Foundation to help raise funds and awareness for men’s health. Competitors will be encouraged to raise money for Movember with their fundraising efforts helping to determine the starting line-up for the race.
“The Winter Heat Series is a fun and unique way for everyday gamers to showcase their skills against eNASCAR Heat Pro League drivers, while also competing for their share of a $47,000 prize pool,” eNHPL General Manager Jay Pennell said. “Each month’s events will showcase a different theme that will allow for competitors to have fun and help fill the void left in the winter months by the NASCAR off-season.”
Movember 50 Dover International Speedway Qualification Nov 9-12 Live Race Nov 22
Holiday 60 Homestead-Miami Speedway Qualification Dec 7-10 Live Race Dec-20
New Year Resolution 70 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course Qualification Jan 11-14 Live Race Jan-24
Valentine’s Day 80 Daytona International Speedway Qualification Feb TBC Live Race Feb TBC
The full Rules and Regulations for the Winter Heat Series are available on nascarheat.com.
In order to take part in the Winter Heat Series, players will need a copy of NASCAR Heat 5, which is available now on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, the Xbox One family of devices including the Xbox One X and on PC via Steam. The game delivers the ultimate NASCAR video game experience, with 34 authentic tracks across the country in single player, two-player split screen, and online multiplayer for up to 40 racers.