Drone Racing League will conclude eight-race series Sunday on NBCSN

Drone Racing League
Drone Racing League

The Drone Racing League will crown a champion in its popular 2020 FanDuel DRL SIM Racing Cup at 4 p.m. ET Sunday on NBCSN and the DRL Twitter account.

The season finale of the eight-race series will feature a winner-take-all championship in the fantasy, virtual drone racing series among a dozen pilots competing from their homes in countries around the world.

Amari Christian “Amari” Van Sloun has won five of the first seven races and finished second in the other two races to Evan “HeadsUp” Turner (who was second in the other five races).

Pilots have donated their winnings to Direct Relief, the largest charitable provider of protective gear and medical essentials to health facilities in the fight against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Here’s the release from the Drone Racing League on the 2020 FanDuel DRL SIM Racing Cup:

2020 FanDuel DRL SIM Racing Cup Championship Kicks Off Sunday

As sports got canceled due to the pandemic, one innovative league continued to provide thrilling sports entertainment to fans across the world — all while supporting Covid-19 relief efforts — and they’re gearing up for an exhilarating finale this weekend.

On Sunday, July 5 at 4 p.m. ET, The Drone Racing League (DRL), the fastest growing, global, professional drone racing property, will premiere the winner-take-all Championship of the 2020 FanDuel DRL SIM Racing Cup, the fantasy, virtual drone racing series, on NBCSN and DRL’s Twitter.

A dozen elite drone pilots will fly digital replicas of high-speed DRL drones on the DRL SIM, the true-to-life drone racing video game, from their homes around the world. Competing to be crowned the FanDuel DRL SIM Cup Champion, pros will zoom above hundreds of planes in the U.S. Air Force Boneyard map, which is inspired by Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, the world’s largest military aircraft maintenance facility. The first place winner will donate their prize winnings to Direct Relief, which provides PPE for frontline workers.

The SIM Cup competition’s been fierce with rookie DRL Pilots taking the lead and consistently racing neck-in-neck: Amari Christian “Amari” Van Sloun, 25 from Ames, Iowa, won five out of the last seven races with Evan “HeadsUp” Turner, DRL’s youngest-ever pilot, making it to the finish line mere mili-seconds behind him in second place. HeadsUp came in first in the remaining two levels, with Amari trailing just behind him.

“DRL is the NBA of drone racing. The pilots who compete in the league are the best in the world, and coming in first throughout the FanDuel DRL SIM Racing Cup is a huge deal. After this Sunday, I’m going to focus on training for the real-life Allianz World Championship Season with the same practice regiment that made me take the lead in the SIM Cup,” said DRL Pilot Amari.

Nearly 3 million fans have watched the SIM Cup, live tweeting their excitement for racing.

Fans tuning in can enter a free daily fantasy contest on FanDuel to draft their ultimate pilot-picks, and even fly just like them: The same U.S. Air Force Boneyard track will be released on the DRL SIM on Steam immediately following the broadcast.

IndyCar results, points after Detroit Grand Prix


DETROIT — Alex Palou topped the results of an NTT IndyCar Series race for the second time this season, extending his championship points lead with his victory in the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver, who also won the GMR Grand Prix (and the Indy 500 pole position) last month, holds a 51-point lead over teammate Marcus Ericsson (ninth at Detroit) through seven of 17 races this season.

Ganassi, which placed all four of its drivers in the top 10 at Detroit, has three of the top four in the championship standings with Scott Dixon ranked fourth after a fourth at Detroit.

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Indy 500 winner Josef Newgarden is third in the standings after taking a 10th at Detroit. Pato O’Ward slipped to fifth in the points after crashing and finishing 26th

Here are the IndyCar results and points standings after the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix:


Click here for the official box score from the 100-lap race on a nine-turn, 1.645-mile street course in downtown Detroit.

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Here is the finishing order in the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix with starting position in parentheses, driver, engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):

1. (1) Alex Palou, Honda, 100, Running
2. (7) Will Power, Chevrolet, 100, Running
3. (9) Felix Rosenqvist, Chevrolet, 100, Running
4. (4) Scott Dixon, Honda, 100, Running
5. (13) Alexander Rossi, Chevrolet, 100, Running
6. (12) Kyle Kirkwood, Honda, 100, Running
7. (2) Scott McLaughlin, Chevrolet, 100, Running
8. (11) Marcus Armstrong, Honda, 100, Running
9. (6) Marcus Ericsson, Honda, 100, Running
10. (5) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 100, Running
11. (24) Colton Herta, Honda, 100, Running
12. (17) Devlin DeFrancesco, Honda, 100, Running
13. (8) Simon Pagenaud, Honda, 100, Running
14. (20) Agustin Canapino, Chevrolet, 100, Running
15. (15) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 100, Running
16. (18) Christian Lundgaard, Honda, 100, Running
17. (25) Jack Harvey, Honda, 100, Running
18. (14) Rinus VeeKay, Chevrolet, 100, Running
19. (23) Helio Castroneves, Honda, 100, Running
20. (19) Benjamin Pedersen, Chevrolet, 97, Running
21. (22) Santino Ferrucci, Chevrolet, 97, Running
22. (26) Sting Ray Robb, Honda, 97, Running
23. (21) David Malukas, Honda, 85, Contact
24. (3) Romain Grosjean, Honda, 80, Contact
25. (27) Graham Rahal, Honda, 50, Contact
26. (10) Pato O’Ward, Chevrolet, 41, Contact
27. (16) Callum Ilott, Chevrolet, 1, Contact

Winner’s average speed: 80.922 mph; Time of Race: 02:01:58.1171; Margin of victory: 1.1843 seconds; Cautions: 7 for 32 laps; Lead changes: 10 among seven drivers. Lap Leaders: Palou 1-28; Power 29-33; O’Ward 34; Palou 35-55; Power 56-64; Palou 65; Rossi 66; Newgarden 67-68; Kirkwood 69; Ericsson 70-76; Palou 77-100.


Click here for the points tally in the race.

Here are the points standings after the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix:



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Top 10 in points: Palou 273, Ericsson 222, Newgarden 203, Dixon 194, O’Ward 191, Rossi 176, McLaughlin 175, Power 172, Herta 149, Rosenqvist 148.

Rest of the standings: Grosjean 145, Kirkwood 142, Lundgaard 136, Ilott 116, VeeKay 108, Ferrucci 105, Armstrong 101, Rahal 99, Malukas 91, Daly 88, DeFrancesco 81, Castroneves 80, Harvey 78, Canapino 77, Pagenaud 72, Pedersen 61, Robb 55, Takuma Sato 37, Ed Carpenter 27, Ryan Hunter-Reay 20, Tony Kanaan 18, Marco Andretti 13, RC Enerson 5, Katherine Legge 5.

Next race: IndyCar will head to Road America for the Sonsio Grand Prix, which will take place June 18 with coverage starting at 1 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock.