The new Winter Heat series, run on NASCAR Heat 5, kicked off on and off the track with its first event, the Movember 50, raising more than $ 16,000 for Movember.
In total, executives raised more than $ 11,000 for Movember, the leading global men’s charity with a mission to change the face of men’s health. Motorsport Games, which develops and publishes the NASCAR Heat video game franchise and operates the esports industry, pledged a further $ 5,000 to the charity, which raised a total of $ 16,116 in total.
“We are delighted to be teaming up with eNASCAR for the Winter Heat Series to help Movember change the face of men’s health. The Movember 50 truly demonstrates the power of this amazing community and to see the participants come together for this purpose was a real honor. Funds raised will help fund some of the world’s most game-changing projects in mental health and suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer, ultimately helping men live happier, healthier and longer lives. Thank you to everyone who took part in the action, ”says Tom D’Souza, Global Innovation Manager for Movember.
“Raising more than $ 16,000 in just a few weeks demonstrates the power of the NASCAR Heat and gaming community, and their eagerness and motivation to give back and make a difference in the world,” said Jay Pennell, General Manager of the eNASCAR Heat Pro League. “It was an issue I’ve enjoyed being a part of for the past seven years, so connecting the Movember Foundation to our avid community of players and making them so competitive about fundraising efforts was incredible to see.”
Created by Motorsport Games, the Winter Heat Series is the opportunity for NASCAR Heat 5 players to compete against eNASCAR Heat Pro League teams and managers for the chance to win a $ 47,000 prize pool over four four-month events .
The series’ first event took place on Sunday, November 22 at virtual Dover International Speedway. Motorsport Games, in partnership with the Movember Foundation, challenged all participants in the event to raise funds and awareness for men’s health through the Movember Foundation.
Each of the competitors undertook their own fundraising efforts, which were used to determine the starting grid for the Movember 50.
Before the race, Thomas Cohick raised the most money and beat fellow racer Joey Stone by just $ 1 with a total of $ 1,215 raised. Joey went on to record the highest overall total with $ 1,222. There was consistently great camaraderie with some of the riders who could not progress from open qualifiers, who continued to raise funds for the team.
On the track, the racing was exciting from the fall of the green flag. The races on both PlayStation and Xbox have had fierce battles for the lead, multiple incidents that have raised cautionary flags and exciting battles for victory.
Chip Ganassi Gaming’s Maxwell Castro took the win on the PlayStation side, with Chase Williamson and Wood Brothers Gaming’s Cody Giles rounding out the top three and advancing to the final in February.
On the Xbox side, 11-time eNASCAR Heat Pro League winner Justin Brooks of JTG Daugherty Throttlers took home the checkered flag, with Season 2 eNHPL champion Daniel Buttafouco and Chip Ganassi Gaming’s Luis Zaiter finishing second and third, respectively. has. All three are now locked up in the series final.
The next event of the Winter Heat Series at NASCAR Heat 5 is the Holiday 60 at virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday, December 20th. Participants can now register at winter.nascarheat.com, with open qualifiers scheduled for December 7-10.