PARKER, AZ (August 6, 2019) –– Jim Beaver eSports continues its pursuit of the checkered flag in the eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series with tonight’s event from Michigan International Speedway. After an off week last week, drivers Michael Guariglia and Eric J. Smith will wheel their Down and Dirty Show Powered By Polaris RZR/GoPro Motorplex Ford Mustangs in the penultimate race of the series’ regular season.
Michigan returns the series to a two-mile superspeedway oval, similar to the one at Auto Club Speedway where Smith won earlier this season in just his third career series start. Smith led only the most important lap—the last one—as the series saw its third different winner in three races to start the season, as well as its first rookie winner of 2019.
“Preliminary testing saw a pack racing mentality for a large part of the run, so that’s something we have working in our favor,” said Smith. “I’ve always liked the two-mile tracks on the schedule, and I’m hoping the type of racing we see tomorrow will be the type of racing we saw at Auto Club. Let’s finish 1-2!”
Guariglia, meanwhile, is coming off a 13th place finish in the series’ most recent race at Pocono Raceway, one that saw him spend time in the top five as drivers used wildly different pit strategies. The result saw him climb to 18th in series standings, eight points ahead of the 20th place cutoff that guarantees drivers a spot in the 2020 season.
“Michigan has had a narrow racing line up until the new repave and 2019 aero package,” said Guariglia. “Now, you will see much closer racing across the board as we will be packed up, similar to how Auto Club was earlier in the year. The big key will be deciding trimming the car for raw speed and putting downforce in the car. The downforce will help when in the draft, but the trim will help if there is separation during green flag stops. The restarts will be chaotic, and key for passing to maintain track position.”
Between tonight’s race and Pocono two weeks ago, the eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series also made its national television debut on NBCSN’s NASCAR America with an all-star race at Iowa Speedway on July 25. The series will run three more all-star races on NASCAR America on the last Thursdays of each month through October, with Jim Beaver eSports poised to compete in each event.
“Launching Jim Beaver eSports with Eric and Michael has been a blast, and I’ve been really pleased with the results so far,” said Jim Beaver. “We were even fortunate enough to make our national television debut as a team on NBCSN last month! Now, we head into a track at Michigan where we know both of our drivers have the capability to run up front. Between Eric’s win on a similar track earlier this year and Michael’s recent climb in the standings, we’ve got plenty of momentum heading into the action!”
Be sure to tune in to watch Jim Beaver eSports drivers Michael Guariglia and Eric J. Smith compete in eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series action from Michigan International Speedway. The live stream will begin at 9PM ET/6PM PT and can be seen on the iRacing eSports Network on Facebook, Twitch, and YouTube, as well as Jim Beaver’s Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/JimBeaver15) and the Down & Dirty Show Powered By Polaris RZR website (www.downanddirtyshow.com).
For more information on Jim Beaver eSports and its partners, visit the following:
Jim Beaver eSports: www.jimbeaveresports.com
Jim Beaver/Down & Dirty Show: www.downanddirtyshow.com
Polaris RZR: rzr.polaris.com
GoPro Motorplex: www.gopromotorplex.com