William Byron won the iRacing event at virtual Bristol Motor Speedway

The Associated Press–The iRacing has been a savior for the motorsports industry — IndyCar launched a series a week after NASCAR, and Saturday’s second race was aired on NBC Sports — and NASCAR’s first two televised events both set eSports records. More than 1 million people watched last week when Fox made the race available to affiliates and also aired it nationally on its cable channel.

For Timmy Hill, winner of last week’s virtual race, the series has given him sudden exposure. Joyce Julius & Associates, which measures and analyzes all forms of media, said Hill had received only two television mentions when racing was suspended four races into the season. The company found he had 46 mentions during his victory race and noted “the Pro Invitational Series is giving spotlight to drivers who do not usually get it.”

NASCAR during the broadcast aired a public service announcement featuring several top drivers thanking front-line health care workers. The sanctioning body has been donating face shields made on the five 3-D printers at its research center, and several other industry participants are either producing personal protective equipment or making donations of some sort…