• Season three of The Race All-Star Series powered by ROKiT Phones to feature the world’s biggest races
  • Virtual version of the Triple Crown – the Monaco Grand Prix, Indianapolis 500 and 24 Hours of Le Mans
  • Series to be showcased on ESPN and Eurosport

LONDON, UK (Wednesday, June 3, 2020) – Some of the world’s biggest names in motorsport are set to do battle for the virtual “Triple Crown” in season three of The Race All-Star Series powered by ROKiT Phones.

The third iteration of the Torque Esports / Engine Media’s groundbreaking esports racing series will feature compact virtual versions of the three races regarded as the most challenging, prestigious and oldest motorsport contests on the planet.

  • The Monaco Grand Prix – Formula 1 event staged on the streets of Monte Carlo and first run in 1929
  • The Indianapolis 500 – the famous American IndyCar oval event is the largest single-day sporting event in the world. First run in 1911
  • The 24 Hours of Le Mans – the legendary French sports car endurance race run on the 13.626 km (8.467 mi) Circuit de la Sarthe. First run in 1923.

On June 6, June 20, and June 27, three compact virtual versions of these races will be run by the Legends Trophy, Pro Cup, and Sim Masters classes in the All-Star Series.

The “Triple Crown” is regarded as the holy grail of international motorsport. Won by only one man – Graham Hill – the British racer earned the accolade when he won Le Mans in 1972. His success followed his Indianapolis 500 victory from 1966 and his string of Monaco Grand Prix wins in 1963, 1964, 1965, 1968, and 1969.

Two drivers who have been race winners in The Race All-Star Series powered by ROKiT Phones still have a chance to join Hill as the only real-world “Triple Crown” winners.

Fernando Alonso won in Monaco in 2006 and 2007 and at Le Mans in 2018 and 2019. Juan Pablo Montoya won in Monaco in 2003 and has two Indy 500 victories to his credit in 2000 and 2015.

Competitors in the ROKiT Triple Crown will now get the chance to chase the virtual version of this prestigious award.

The Torque Esports / Engine Media-created series was launched in March to fill the gap caused by the cancellation of real-world motorsport due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But more than just “filling the gap” – the series has now attracted major marketing partners in ROKiT Phones, international television coverage via ESPN, Eurosport and 71 other global networks, a weekly audience of more than 4.3 million viewers and massive social media exposure reaching more than 110 million fans each week.

“We’re incredibly proud of the amazing following our series has attracted to showcase the talents of past legends, current-day racers, and the world’s top sim drivers,” Engine Media Co-CEO, Darren Cox said.

“We ran at Indianapolis in season two and attracted new legends including Mario Andretti in the Legends Trophy. This time, we’re going back with all three classes doing battle on the oval.

“We’re really looking forward to seeing our stars do battle on Monaco’s streets, heading back to the speedway and then racing on the Le Mans circuit.”

The Race All-Star Series powered by ROKiT Phones Legends Trophy has featured past Formula 1 World Champions including Emmerson Fittipaldi, Sebastian Vettel, Jacques Villeneuve, Fernando Alonso, and series two winner, Jenson Button.

Past Monaco Grand Prix winners and All-Stars series racers include Montoya, Button, Alonso, and Olivier Panis. Previous Indy 500 winners have included Fittipaldi, Montoya, Helio Castroneves, Gil de Ferran, Dario Franchiti, and Tony Kanaan. 24 Hours of Le Mans winners racing in the series have included five-time winner Emanuele Pirro, David Brabham, Jan Magnussen, Darren Turner, Mika Salo and Alonso.

Season two of the series also attracted factory entries for the Pro Cup class from Mercedes-AMG Petronas Esports, Aston Martin, BMW, Bentley, Hyundai, ROKiT Venturi Racing and Williams Esports.

Saturday’s opening round of season three’s “Triple Crown” at Monaco can be seen on ESPN 2 in the US, Eurosport in the and on The-Race.com/youtube around the world live from 17:00 UK | 18:00 CET | 12:00 noon US Eastern | 9:00 am US Pacific.

 

About Torque Esports
Torque is focused on accelerating new, live, immersive esports and interactive gaming experiences for consumers through its partnerships with traditional and emerging media companies and providing online interactive technology platforms and monetization services. To date, Torque’s combined companies have clients comprising more than 1,200 television, print and radio brands including CNN, ESPN, Discovery / Eurosport, Fox, Vice, Newsweek and Cumulus; dozens of gaming and technology companies including EA, Activision, Blizzard, Take2Interactive, Microsoft, Google, Twitch and Ubisoft; and have connectivity into hundreds of millions of homes around the world through their content, distribution and technology.
Torque Esports brands and businesses include UMG, Stream Hatchet, Eden Games, IDEAS + CARS, The-Race.com, WTF1, and Allinsports - for more information visit: www.enginegaming.com; Frankly and its wholly-owned subsidiary Frankly Media LLC, which provides a complete suite of online content and monetization solutions - for more information visit: www.franklymedia.com; and WinView, Inc., a Silicon Valley-based company, a pioneer in mobile gaming and interactive second screen viewing and the owner of a portfolio of foundational patents in the field of interactive media - for more information visit: www.winview.tv.
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