Esports Racers Compete to Become McLaren F1 Team Simulator Driver
A four-episode series on the McLaren Formula 1 team’s search for a simulator driver will debut on ESPN2 during the weekend of the upcoming Formula 1 Johnnie Walker Belgian Grand Prix.
The four half-hour episodes of World’s Fastest Gamer powered by Millennial Esports will air on Saturday, August 25, beginning at 7 a.m. ET between live coverage of Practice 3 from the Belgian Grand Prix and live Qualifying. In addition to airing on ESPN2, the programs also will be streaming on the ESPN App.
Specifically produced for ESPN, the series will tell the story of why Millennial Esports and McLaren reached into the rapidly-growing world of Esports and Gaming to locate racing talent. From thousands of gamers racing online, 12 were chosen to be taken to the McLaren Formula 1 facility in England to compete head-to-head for a contract as McLaren’s simulator driver.
“The World’s Fastest Gamer story on ESPN will show that gaming provides us with a pool of talented drivers but its airing will also help to fire up the new fans of our sport,” said Darren Cox, CMO of Millennial Esports and creator of World’s Fastest Gamer. “I hope that young American racing fans are inspired by seeing how accessible Esports makes racing and motivates them to get closer to our amazing sport in both the virtual and real worlds.”
After the debut on August 25, each episode will re-air a number of times throughout the remainder of 2018 and leading into the 2019 Formula 1 season.
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