RCR eSports drivers Joey Stone and Jordan McGraw to participate in the four-race Winter Heat Series starting this Sunday with the running of the Movember 50 at Dover International Speedway.
It has been a long three months for RCR eSports drivers Joey Stone and Jordan McGraw, who concluded their second season of the eNASCAR Heat Pro Series in August. Luckily, both drivers will get a reprise from the long off-season with the opportunity to compete this winter in the 2020 Winter Heat Series on NASCAR Heat 5.
The Winter Heat Series will consist of four races on console gaming platforms PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One family of devices including Xbox One X, and on PC via Steam. The four races will take place over the winter months of November through February at authentic virtual configurations of popular NASCAR tracks, including Dover International Speedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and Daytona International Speedway. Fans will have an opportunity to qualify for each race and compete against the professionals for cash prizes.
Jordan McGraw, Driver of the No. 3 Dow Chevrolet for RCR eSports:
How excited are you to compete in the Winter Heat Series behind the wheel of the No. 3 Dow Chevrolet?
"I’m always excited about an opportunity to compete. The fact that I get to race for a company like eRCR with the iconic No. 3, a number I have revered since my childhood, only magnifies that excitement. Of course, with that comes a ton of added pressure to perform against an incredibly tough field of racers. This new series is going to be tough, but I can’t wait to meet that challenge head on."
You mentioned that you believe this is going to be an incredibly competitive series. With that, what is your approach to these four races?
"I like to think of every lap of every race as a learning opportunity. Whether I’m setting up a pass on an opponent, defending my position, or playing the strategy game, I’m always educating and preparing myself for similar situations down the road. At the end of the day, competition is about winning, and beating a field like the one we’ll have this Sunday would mean everything to me. I won’t lie, the $47k cash prize pool is a nice incentive as well."
Joey Stone, Driver of the No. 8 Caterpillar Chevrolet for RCR eSports:
It’s been almost three months since you concluded season two in the eNASCAR Heat Series. How excited are you to get back behind the wheel of the No. 8 Caterpillar Chevrolet with this freshly announced Winter Heat Series?
"Well, I can tell you it feels longer than three months to me. I’m very excited to get back in the No. 8 Caterpillar Chevrolet for the Winter Heat Series. I’ve been having a blast streaming and racing with a lot of fans and the community for fun. With that being said, I am beyond ready to get back in the saddle on the competitive side of things after this three-month break."
Is the Winter Heat Series strictly about bragging rights and trying to win some cash?
"I’ve been thinking about this for a few days now and honestly the Winter Heat Series is all about having fun to me. We are racing for a great cause to bring awareness to Men’s Health in November and so much more. Deep down though, I do look at these races as the final races of season two. Last year our team had so many close calls to grabbing that first win. Whether it was a late-race caution, being trapped a lap down on pit road, or getting caught up in someone’s mess, it just seemed like luck wasn’t on our side. We’re racing with nearly 14 new drivers, most of which don’t run a wheel and haven’t raced on the big stage yet. So while my mindset is ‘go have fun and don’t worry about what happens,’ I’m also telling myself finish strong and give people a teaser of what that No. 8 is going to bring in the future."
The Movember 50 at Dover International Speedway will take place on Sunday November 22 at 2 p.m. ET. Fans can follow the action on Twitter @RCR_eSports for live race updates. For more information on streaming or sign-ups visit https://winter.nascarheat.com/.