The Saints iRacing team have claimed the Collegiate iRacing League (CiL): Premier Cup Series Championship.
The championship was decided in the final race of the NASCAR Oval Racing season at Michigan International Speedway. The Saints entered the race in 2nd place for overall team points after six races.
It was a team effort for the Saints that pulled them ahead and ultimately to victory. Points were scored by Zach DeWael for his 3rd place finish, Athena Leclerc for qualifying on Pole (1st), and Tyler Stone for recording the fastest lap of the race. The points were just enough to edge out UNC Charlotte to win the Collegiate Championship by 1 point.
"The fact that we have already secured a collegiate championship after just one season is a testament to the hardwork and dedication of our drivers,” said Coach Dan Banner. “Now that we have some experience under our belt, you can be certain that we will continue to push for more championships."
Driver Zach DeWael led the charge for the Saints this year, finding two wins on the season en route to winning CiL Rookie of the Year and Most Popular Driver which was voted on amongst the CIL community. Zach also finished 2nd place in the overall standings for individual drivers.
Out of 30 schools, St. Clair was the only Canadian program to participate in the Cup Series. The Saints beat out UNC Charlotte, the home of NASCAR, in addition to Ball State, Clemson and Purdue.
Alexander Hogarth, Amherstburg, ON — Paralegal
Tyler Stone, Windsor ON — Police Foundations
Athena Leclerc, Windsor, ON — Esports Admin. & Entrepreneurship
Zachary DeWael, Chatham, ON — Business - Accounting
Daniel Hunter, Windsor, ON — Plumbing Techniques
Coach Dan Banner — Alumni, Esports Admin. & Entrepreneurship
Assistant Esports Director