July 4th, 2022 by Chris Leone
Image via Justin Melillo
The eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series goes road racing on Tuesday night with a visit to Road America, just two days after the real-world NASCAR Cup Series celebrated Independence Day weekend at the track. As always, race coverage begins at 9PM ET at eNASCAR.com/live and across iRacing social media channels, while Countdown to Green will kick off at 8:30PM ET to preview the action.
Last Race: Four-time eNASCAR champion Ray Alfalla drove through the field and hung on through eNASCAR Overtime to score his first win of 2022 for Joe Gibbs Racing at Nashville Superspeedway two weeks ago. Alfalla played the all-new Restart Zone to perfection to get a jump on the final green flag of the night and held off numerous drivers with fresher tires. Just days later, Alfalla would head to Hickory Motor Speedway to testa real-world Late Model for the first time.
Last Year: 23XI’s Mitchell deJong made it two-for-two in road course races on the 2021 season, as the then-eNASCAR rookie led all but two laps at Road America and posted the fastest lap of the night to beat Bobby Zalenski by more than six seconds in the track’s series debut. The win would slot in alongside his Circuit of the Americas victory in May to give him premier seeding going into the eNASCAR playoffs.
Track Facts: At 4.048 miles, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin’s Road America is the longest track on the eNASCAR schedule. The 14-turn road course features some of America’s most famous corners, from the Turn 9 and 10 Carousel to Turn 12, known as Canada Corner. A longtime host of top-tier open-wheel and sports car racing, Road America hosted just one NASCAR Cup Series race in the 20th century before becoming a staple of the Xfinity Series in 2010; it finally returned to the Cup Series schedule for 2021 after a 65-year gap.
Next Race: Following Road America, the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series returns to Pocono Raceway on Tuesday, July 19 at 9PM ET. After being shut out of road course wins last season, longtime eNASCAR road racing specialist Bobby Zalenski used a win at Pocono last season to earn his spot in the playoffs, where he would eventually make the Championship 4.