Sports, entertainment, and media company Racing Prodigy has announced a new sim racing league called the Prodigy Racing League (PRL).
The league’s aim is to provide a path from competing in simulation racing to the real-life racetrack. Racers will compete in iRacing, Street Kart Racing, rFactor 2, and RaceRoom in the coming months with GRID Engineering, Asetek SimSports and SIM-LAB announced as partners.
The league will consist of a series of 12 esports tournaments. The top 15 racers will get the chance to drive Radical SR1 race cars at the Atlanta Motorsports Park in the United States during an event called Prodigy Week.
In addition, there will be another similar event in early 2024, increasing the pool of drivers to 50. These drivers will then get the chance to compete in the PRL’s real-world racing series in the United States.
The ambitious project, if all goes to plan, will allow for sim racing drivers to go from competing in the likes of iRacing to a contract in a real-world motorsport series. The biggest benefit, according to the organisers, is the reduction of financial stress on drivers. This is a major factor, considering that motorsport is notorious for its high cost of entry.
In addition to announcing the first set of tournaments, the Prodigy Racing League has announced three foundational partners: GRID Engineering, Asetek SimSports, and SIM-LAB. All three companies are creators of sim racing gear, including pedals, wheels, seats and other needed equipment for racing.
Racing Prodigy’s CEO David Cook commented: “At Racing Prodigy, we are lowering the financial barriers to enter motorsports to the same level as traditional sports. The PRL is the new home for racers of all backgrounds and abilities, where they can chase their motorsports dreams from the screen to the track.
“We believe everyone should have an opportunity to participate in motorsports, and today is a momentous step forward.”