Action shot of NCI's eSports car on a track

eSports Coming to NCI

Karen Jackson, Interim Executive Director announced today that Martinsville native and iRacing driver Josh Williams will be joining NCI as its first eSports program coordinator.

Williams, Ryan Blaney’s spotter for NASCAR Cup and winner of the first Replacements 100 Esports race will be charged with leading NCI’s efforts to engage students of all ages in eSports related activities and to launch programs and opportunities that will build excitement not just for eSports competitions, but also for related careers in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) disciplines.

“The eSports industry has seen tremendous growth – both in revenue and viewership. Industry experts predict that by 2022, eSports will generate more than $1.58 billion in total revenue”, said Karen Jackson. “I am ecstatic to have Josh join the NCI team. His knowledge, talent, and expertise coupled with fact that he is participating and winning at an elite level of iRacing brings an added level of credibility and opportunity. I look forward to working with Josh to build a world-class eSports program here at NCI.”

As a Martinsville native I’m very excited to start this partnership with NCI and help build the e-sports program,” added Josh Williams. “Real sports and eSports define my life, and as that line gets blurred the opportunities continue to grow! Esports is a growing industry with many avenues to be involved. I look forward to bringing my expertise to NCI and seeing how we can accelerate engagement in this exciting program.”

Those interested in learning more about eSports and iRacing specifically, can see Josh in action tonight (March 24, 2020) as he drives the #12 NCI Ford alongside some of NASCAR’s greats including Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and William Byron.

The Replacements race will be streamed on twitch ( at 9:00 pm EST.

Click here for more information on the 8-race Replacements series.

Learn more about Josh Williams




Josh Williams wins NASCAR iRacing Replacements 100 sim race amid coronavirus cancellations

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Josh Williams’ Unique Road to the Spotters’ Stand


For more information on eSports at NCI, please contact Rebekah Hughes, Website & Marketing Administrator, at (276) 734-1252 or at