Controller to Cockpit: Watch Live Today as 25 Sim Racers Compete for a Pro Racing Gig

By Ed Higginbotham
Jun 9, 2016 | Mazda

Ever dreamed of jumping from the couch into the cockpit of that virtual racer that you’ve been feverishly thumbing around the worlds greatest tracks? Twenty of Europe’s top sim racers are competing to do exactly that this afternoon in the grand finale of’s European MX-5 Cup. The race will be broadcast on iRacing Live at 4:30 pm Eastern Time.

The top three finishers in the 25-minute online race will be invited to the Friends of MX-5 European Training event at Mazda Space and the Parc Motor Circuit in Barcelona. There they will undergo an intensive program featuring real world track time, including skills and technique training, as well as simulation racing. Mazda will then select one driver for the chance of a lifetime: the opportunity to drive a real race car in the Global Mazda MX-5 Cup Final at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca later this year. Tune in and root for your favorite.

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Ed Higginbotham
Ed Higginbotham Associate Editor, Grassroots Motorsports & Classic Motorsports
6/9/16 3:41 p.m.

Anyone else watching? Virtual green flag flies soon.

GameboyRMH GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
6/9/16 3:44 p.m.

I'd like to, but this is the end of work hours and the start of a busy evening for me.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director, Grassroots Motorsports & Classic Motorsports
6/9/16 7:02 p.m.

We have a piece on this world scheduled for an upcoming issue. Personally, it's fascinating that people are iRacing for money. Like, it's a real gig. And some have made the transition to non-virtual racing.

We have come a long way since Night Driver.

kb58 Dork
6/11/16 6:34 p.m.

Assuming "4:30 Eastern" was on the 9th, that race isn't archived for viewing. Nice.

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