iRacing's Dave Kaemmer gets ready for his turn on camera.

iRacing's Dave Kaemmer gets ready for his turn on camera.

Dave Kaemmer and I spent a few days in Indianapolis last week filming portions of the soon to be released iRacing Driving School. The shoot was great, the weather, not-so-much. I could have driven back to Boston in less time than it took to fly!

We are still several months away from launching the school but it is shaping up nicely. The iRacing Driving School will feature about a dozen separate chapters, each being its own stand-alone video on the member site. Many of the chapters will finish-up with exercises designed to help you  practice what you just learned.

The basic idea of the school is to help iRacers become better racers. Many iRacers have no formal racing education and that often leads to reaching a plateau where no matter what you try you don’t seem to get any faster. There are also many iRacers who are completely new to the sport and by teaching them the basics right from the start, we think it will improve everyone’s enjoyment of the service. After all, faster racers means better racing for everyone!

iRacing Driving School host, Chris Agos, gets ready to read through a script in front of the green screen.

iRacing Driving School host, Chris Agos, gets ready to read through a script in front of the green screen.

The school actually began taking shape last year. We started first with the idea; next we needed the curriculum, scripts and exercises. Having just filmed the on-camera instructor we are now ready to move to production and begin incorporating in-sim footage so students can see what we are talking about.

Chapters subjects will include:
•    Vehicle dynamics
•    Fundamentals of the racing line
•    Using your eyes
•    Braking
•    Shifting
•    Race-craft
•    Race starts
•    Pre-race – practice, qualifying and time trials

A lot of work remains to be done on the school to get it ready for launch, but we are excited to have made it this far already. Look for an announcement later this spring for the launch date.

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