iRacing to Sponsor Brett Moffitt’s Toyota Tundra in Eldora Dirt Derby

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Moffitt Toyota Tundra Front

Sitting third in points, Moffitt looks to win his fourth race on the year in his Toyota.

iRacing is one of the most well-known PC racing games and according to NASCAR.com, the company is celebrating their 10th anniversary by sponsoring Brett Moffitt’s #16 Toyota Tundra in the upcoming Eldora Dirt Derby. The 12th stop on the 2018 Camping World Truck Series schedule will be run on July 18th in Rossburg, Ohio, with Moffitt looking for win number four on the year.

Brett Moffitt’s Strong Start

2018 has been a great year for Brett Moffitt, his Toyota Tundra race truck and his team, Hattori Racing Enterprises. Through the first 11 races of the season, Moffitt has put the #16 Tundra in the winner’s circle three times while finishing in the top five three other times and in only one race did he finished outside of the top 20. As a result of this strong start to the season, Moffitt currently sits in the third spot in the championship race, just 85 points out of first place.

Throughout the early stages of the 2018 Camping World Truck Series, Moffitt has flown the sponsor colors of Aisin and FR8Auctions.com, but when the teams hit the track next week for the Eldora Dirt Derby in Ohio, he will be sponsored by iRacing.

Moffitt Tundra Win

iRacing’s 10th Year

In case you aren’t familiar with iRacing, here is a quick rundown.

It is an online racing game that pits competitors against other people from all over the world. Gamers can compete in a variety of types of racing, including the Camping World Truck Series and the other NASCAR series, IMSA endurance racing, the World of Outlaws, rallycross, IndyCar and more. As a simulator, iRacing allows Moffitt to practice on an exact digital replica of Eldora and many other tracks, and he has been playing the game since was introduced a decade ago.

“To have this support from iRacing to step up and partner with this race team is really special. I have some dirt experience running modifieds back in Iowa, but have never run a truck on dirt, so racing at Eldora on iRacing is definitely going to be a benefit,” said Moffit. “It’s pretty cool to be part of iRacing’s 10-year anniversary. I was just a teenager when iRacing first went live to the public and I joined right away. I raced online a ton for a few years and really enjoyed the racing and community aspects of iRacing. It will be fun to get back in it again with the fans to see how far they have come and to experience running the Toyota Tundra at Eldora before we race there later this month.”

Moffitt Toyota Tundra Rear

In addition to the sponsor logos on the Toyota Tundra race truck, iRacing is holding a series of online races in which gamers can compete with Moffitt on Eldora dirt track.

Big Break for Moffitt

While this sponsorship deal is a great way for iRacing to promote their name in a racing series that is featured in the game, this is an even bigger deal for Moffitt. Drivers in the Camping World Truck Series doesn’t always get the year-long sponsorships that fans of the NASCAR stock car leagues might be used to, so while he has had sponsors throughout the season, his #16 Toyota Tundra needs more sponsors throughout the season if he wants to make a real run at the championship. With his season starting so well, iRacing chose him to support, with the hopes that this will be part of the financial support needed to run the full schedule.

The Eldora Dirt Derby will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1 at 9:00pm Eastern Standard Time.

Images courtesy of Hattori Racing

 

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