Jonathon Keats writes:
The roar of the engines is deafening. Directly in front of me, I've got the No. 1 car, more than 3,000 pounds of hot steel, locked in my sights. I'm right on my rival driver's rear bumper, a supermodel-thin distance between us as my 760-horsepower Chevy bears down at 184 mph. As we go into the last turn, No. 1 offers the tiniest of openings to the inside. I go low for the pass, giving my ride everything it's got left to pull ahead in the final straightaway . . .
And there's the checkered flag! The No. 8 car wins the 2017 Daytona 500! Or, more accurately, I win. I inched past the real lead car and crossed the finish line first, but with a digitally rendered Chevy I drove from my couch while playing along with the race in real time on my PlayStation 5. I just flip on the TV, and instantly I can see any spot on the track from any angle I choose, get an update on my fantasy racing league on the screen, and play Nascar '17 against actual Sprint Cup drivers during a live race.