January 20th, 2023 by Chris Leone
Another exciting offseason for the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series is now in the books, as the 40 drivers and 20 teams taking part in this year’s campaign wrapped up free agency earlier this month. As always, the 2023 lineup will see some exciting changes from last year’s roster as new drivers and teams make their debut, while some of the most formidable partnerships in the series have also reunited for another shot at the $100,000-to-win championship.
All of last year’s Championship 4 drivers—defending champion Casey Kirwan of XSET, Joe Gibbs Racing’s Bobby Zalenski, Charlotte Phoenix’s Graham Bowlin, and Stewart-Haas eSports’ Steven Wilson—will return to their 2022 teams, as will former series champions Keegan Leahy at 23XI, Nick Ottinger at William Byron eSports, Zack Novak at Rise eSports, and Michael Conti, who will retire after the 2023 season with JR Motorsports.
Much of last year’s playoff field will have new homes for 2023, though. Femi Olatunbosun will join Charlotte Phoenix to partner with Bowlin, while Matt Bussa will slot in alongside Ottinger at William Byron eSports and Garrett Lowe joins Jim Beaver eSports. The driver lineup also will see its share of new faces that weren’t competing last year, from returning drivers and former race winners like Kevin King and Joey Brown to true rookies like Jordy Lopez Jr., Michael Cosey Jr., and Tucker Minter.
Alongside all the rookie drivers, five new teams will join the series for 2023. Professional esports teams Pittsburgh Knights and Kansas City Pioneers and real-world NASCAR Cup Series team Front Row Motorsports will be joined by open-wheel racing legend Tony Kanaan and fgrAccel as the five new organizations chasing an eNASCAR title for the first time this year.
The full 2023 eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series driver roster is as follows:
|1||Darik Bourdeau||Elliott Sadler eSports||Chevrolet|
|2||Corey Vincent||Pittsburgh Knights||Toyota|
|3||Jordy Lopez Jr||Team Dillon eSports||Chevrolet|
|6||Timmy Holmes||RFK Racing||Ford|
|7||Malik Ray||Jim Beaver eSports||Ford|
|8||Michael Conti||JR Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|10||Steven Wilson||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford|
|11||Parker White||Tony Kanaan Esports||Toyota|
|15||Garrett Lowe||Jim Beaver eSports||Ford|
|17||Kaden Honeycutt||RFK Racing||Ford|
|18||Bobby Zalenski||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota|
|20||Wyatt Tinsley||Kansas City Pioneers||Toyota|
|25||Nick Ottinger||William Byron eSports||Chevrolet|
|27||Cody Byus||Elliott Sadler eSports||Chevrolet|
|31||Derek Justis||Kansas City Pioneers||Toyota|
|33||Tucker Minter||Team Dillon eSports||Chevrolet|
|34||Allen Boes||Front Row Motorsports||Ford|
|36||Brandon McKissic||LETARTE eSports||Chevrolet|
|38||Michael Cosey Jr||Front Row Motorsports||Ford|
|40||Dylan Ault||LETARTE eSports||Chevrolet|
|41||Dylan Duval||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford|
|43||Femi Olatunbosun||Charlotte Phoenix||Toyota|
|46||Jimmy Mullis||Rise eSports||Chevrolet|
|48||Graham Bowlin||Charlotte Phoenix||Toyota|
|51||Donovan Strauss||Williams eSports||Chevrolet|
|54||Daniel Faulkingham||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota|
|55||Vicente Salas||Williams eSports||Chevrolet|
|66||Tyler Garey||Tony Kanaan Esports||Toyota|
|75||Zack Novak||Rise eSports||Chevrolet|
|77||Ryan Doucette||Pittsburgh Knights||Toyota|
|88||Kevin King||JR Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|97||Matt Bussa||William Byron eSports||Chevrolet|
The 2023 eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series season opens on January 31 with the exhibition Clash at the Los Angeles Coliseum, while the first points-paying round of the season will take place on February 14 at Daytona International Speedway. All races will stream on Tuesdays at 9PM ET on enascar.com/live, with Countdown to Green coverage immediately preceding each race.