Digital Drone Racing Collection Advantages COVID Aid
The Drone Racing League’s virtual drone racing series will fly on Saturday to fund pandemic aid to health care facilities.
At the FanDuel DRL SIM Racing Cup 2020, 12 pilots will compete against each other on the DRL SIM, a real drone racing simulator.
“Fans who tune in will feel like they’re in the cockpit of the drone as the pros fly digital versions of custom DRL drones through historic DRL maps and never-before-seen tracks, all from their homes around the world, including the US , Canada and the USA Great Britain and Switzerland “, it says in a DRL declaration.
“DRL authentically combines the digital with the real. We’re excited to be highlighting the virtual side of the drone race on NBCSN and Twitter from this Saturday. The futuristic high-speed race combined with daily imagination is great for the whole family – and all for a great charity who supports frontline workers, ”said newly appointed DRL President Rachel Jacobson.
All pilots agreed to donate profits to Direct Relief, the largest non-profit provider of protective equipment and medical supplies to healthcare facilities, in response to COVID-19.
“Direct Relief is grateful for the leadership and dedication of the Drone Racing League and its players,” said Thomas Tighe, President and CEO of Direct Relief. “This support leads to immediate, practical help and is a wonderful example of everyone pulling together and doing everything possible to protect the most vulnerable.”
Fans watching the 2020 DRL FanDuel DRL SIM Racing Cup can enter a free daily fantasy sports competition on FanDuel to win prizes every week. The competition follows the standard FanDuel fantasy format and racers receive points for winning each run and each lap.
“After our first fantasy drone racing tournament with DRL last month, we are excited to add incredible momentum and bring the FanDuel partnership with DRL to a national broadcast stage,” said Kip Levin, President of FanDuel.
“We are excited to be working with the Drone Racing League to introduce some of the world’s best pilots to the first ever virtual drone racing series on NBCSN,” said Jeff Macaluso, senior programming director, NBC Sports.
- Saturday, May 16 – 2.30 p.m.
- Sunday, May 24th – 3pm
- Sunday, May 31st – 2pm
- Sunday, June 7th – 2pm
- Sunday June 14th – 1pm
- Saturday June 20th – 12 noon
- Sunday, June 28th – 12 noon
- Sunday 5th July – 12 noon
Earlier this year, DRL also unveiled the DRL Academy, an innovative STEM program with online learning opportunities for students studying science, engineering, and unmanned aircraft technology.