Sports Illustrated Online does a brief background of iRacing.com including its use by Dale Jr. and Danica Patrick. The article also suggests iRacing as an excellent gift idea. SI Online- December 17, 2009
Virtual Version of Historic UK Circuit Open to Racers World-Wide Located in Kent, 30 miles outside London, and internationally known as a classic road-racing circuit, Brands Hatch is now be available to simracers worldwide through iRacing.com’s internet-based virtual-racing service. Every detail of the historic circuit, including its dramatic elevation changes and challenging mixture of fast, slow and medium-speed corners, is reproduced with millimeter accuracy. “Motor racing fans throughout the UK and across the world love Brands Hatch,” noted David Scott, Race Operations Manager for MotorSport Vision Racing, the company that owns and operates Brands Hatch and other British road-racing facilities. “Our RaceMaster driving experience lets visitors come to Brands Hatch and enjoy some laps behind the wheel of a BMW M3 and F1-style single-seater race car. Through iRacing’s virtual version of the circuit our fans everywhere can get to know Brands Hatch from that same perspective and enjoy great wheel-to-wheel competition with other fans and real-world racers. And of course, with iRacing’s extreme degree of precision in reproducing Brands Hatch, the hundreds of competitors who race on these tracks every year will have the ability to tune up before they get on track.” iRacers can now test their mettle at historic Brands Hatch. iRacing will award a RaceMaster Driving Experience voucher to one of its UK-domiciled members. Every member of iRacing’s Club England who purchases Brands Hatch ($14.95 USD) between now and January 31, 2010 will automatically be entered into a lottery for the voucher.
Series of 14 Virtual Events to Track Real-World Counterparts Starting next month members of iRacing.com will able to participate in the iRacing World Tour, a series of same-weekend virtual versions of more than a dozen of the world’s top motorsport events. Beginning in January with the Grand-Am Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway’s road course, and then continuing with the Daytona 500 in February, the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring in March, and including the Indy 500 and British Grand Prix at Silverstone, iRacers will have the opportunity to compete in a total of 14 events ranging from American short-track classics to Formula One and Australian V8 Supercars. The series concludes in November with the running of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series finale at Miami-Homestead Speedway.
When it comes to race tracks that provide a road-racing driver with the perfect balance of challenge and pure fun, it’s hard to beat Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. And soon this classic road-racing facility will be available for racing and practice to members of iRacing.com’s motorsport simulation service. Mid-Ohio was about the last major permanent road-racing facility in North America not either in our inventory or in production,” said Steve Myers, iRacing’s executive producer, “and our members were pretty vocal in letting us know they wanted it. So, we’re pleased to be able to provide the many fans of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course – both current and future iRacing members – with the chance to put themselves behind the wheel of a wide variety of race cars on a millimeter-accurate virtual version of this historic road-racing circuit.” Myers noted that survey-accurate laser scanning of Mid-Ohio had been completed earlier this fall and said he expects the track to become available in the iRacing inventory sometime during the summer of 2010. All of us are pleased with the notion that racing fans all over the world will soon be able to race on a virtual version of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course,” said Michelle Trueman Gajoch, president of track owner TrueSports, Inc. “And we think many of our existing fans will really enjoy the opportunity to see what it’s like to drive on track. That’s why in addition to the traditional benefits of our VIP Race Pass – including general admission, grandstand seats, paddock passes, pit access and other benefits – for 2010 we’re including a free 30-day iRacing.com membership. Now our VIP Race Pass holders will really have an inside look at racing at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.” One of the most active road-racing facilities in North America, Mid-Ohio is home not just to the sports cars that are in its name, but to virtually every form of road-racing machine around. In addition to Sports Car Club of America and other amateur road-racing competition, in 2010, Mid-Ohio will host a round of the IZOD IndyCar Series, the American Le Mans Series, the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series, AMA Pro Racing, the SVRA-sanctioned Vintage Grand Prix and the AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days.
Two celebrated race tracks half a world apart are set to become a part of iRacing.com in 2010. Circuit Zolder, a home of the Belgian Grand Prix during the 1970s and ’80s, will join Silverstone, Brands Hatch, Oulton Park and Zandvoort among iRacing’s first European circuits, while Oran Park Raceway will pair with Phillip Island as the first two Australian facilities on the service.
Gooden Takes iRacing’s Virtual Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Title & Chance to Compete for Real-World Version in 2010
Tight Competition for Big Prize Highlights 12-Week Season of Virtual Racing The prize? The chance for a paid-for arrive-and-drive ride in the 2010 VW Jetta TDI Cup. The result? Twelve weeks of hard racing among 600 competitors climaxed by a two-race final-weekend shootout between real-world kart racers Wyatt Gooden, 21, and Carl Modoff, 20, with the championship – and the shot at a real-world drive next year – going to Gooden by the narrowest of margins. Gooden has the opportunity to build on his karting and iRacing success in the SCCA Pro Series VW Jetta TDI Cup
Qualifying and Racing in Ultra-Realistic Racing Simulators Highlight Fans’ Race Day Experience If the two living members of the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s inaugural class of inductees, Richard Petty and Junior Johnson, are still wondering who’s the better racer, they won’t need to order new helmets and driving uniforms to find out; they can just show up on May 23, 2010, the day of their formal induction into the Hall of Fame, and answer the question behind the wheel of one of the 15 iRacing.com-powered NASCAR stock car simulators located in the Hall.
For Virtual Racers, a League of Their Own New York Times – Full Article
Private Hosted Racing & Race Participation Program Introduced; Annual Subscription Cost Cut 37%; New Public Site Unveiled Members of iRacing.com’s popular motorsport simulation service will now enjoy additional features as well as lower subscription and content prices. The new pricing structure, which decreases the cost of an annual membership by 37%, goes into effect immediately. The new features, including private-hosted sessions and a program that awards credits for regular race participation, commence with the November 3rd start of iRacing’s 2009 – Season 4. The announcement was made by Tony Gardner, iRacing’s president, who said the increased value for members was made possible by the service’s remarkable growth since membership was opened to the general public in August, 2008. Gardner also announced a brand new version of iRacing’s public Web site ( www.iracing.com ) designed to introduce prospective members to the inexpensive fun of online racing with authentic virtual versions of popular race cars and tracks. “More than 15,000 people have joined iRacing.com since we fully opened our doors 15 months ago,” Gardner said. “Because our membership has grown rapidly, we are able to both lower prices and increase features. We anticipate that by adding value, we’ll increase the enjoyment of our current members and bring even more new members into our community
iRacing.com has announced plans to increase the size of the race fields across the breadth of its online race simulation service. The revisions within the service are part of a long-term plan to make race registration and scheduling simpler and more convenient for members which will increase the size of race fields and the service overall