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  • David Phillips
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    David Phillips is a long-time contributor to print and electronic publications in the U.S. and abroad, including Racer, Autosport, AutoWeek, Motor Sport and SPEEDtv.com, oversees the daily updating of news stories and assigns, edits and contributes feature material for inRacingNews.com.
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2011 World Tour of iRacing Schedule Announced

by Steve Potter on December 27th, 2010

Popular Series Samples Global Motorsport Variety With Tributes to Major Real-World Races

Conceived a year ago as a way for iRacing.com’s 20,000+ members to sample the world’s wide range of oval-track and road-racing cars and circuits, the 2010 World Tour of iRacing proved to be an extremely popular artistic success among the global group of sim racers and racing game enthusiasts who enjoy competing with one another in virtual versions of real-world racing cars on the internet racing service’s high-fidelity reproductions of many of the world’s premier race tracks.

So it’s no surprise that even before the last event on the 2010 World Tour schedule was run last month – the iRacing.com Late Model 300 at the 4/10s-mile South Boston oval – iRacers across the globe were already clamoring for a 2011 edition of the series.

Earlier today the 2011 World Tour of iRacing series was confirmed.  The nine-race schedule begins the second annual 2.4 Hours of Daytona, a mixed-class tribute to the classic twice-around-the-clock endurance classic, run the Friday of the GRAND-AM season-opening Rolex 24.  After seven other stops – including races for grand prix, NASCAR stock cars, Indy cars, sports cars, and grass-roots oval track machines on a variety of tracks in America, England and Belgium – the schedule concludes with the October 8th running of the Suzuka GP for the Williams-Toyota FW31.

“The 2010 World Tour of iRacing was one of our most popular features, so for next year we’re just fine-tuning the formula, said Tony Gardner, president of iRacing.com.  “The more than 750 participants in last year’s virtual Indy 500 made it one of the most popular events in iRacing history.”

Gardner noted that for the World Tour of iRacing every member of the service is eligible to compete, regardless of their iRacing license level.

“We want the World Tour to be open to every one of our members,” Gardner said.  “The purpose is to enable them to compete with other sim racers in cars and tracks they might not otherwise have tried.”

Most of the races on the schedule run the same weekend as their real-world counterparts.  But while iRacing’s virtual events will run on millimeter-accurate versions of the same track as the real world races, the iRacing events are scheduled so as not to preclude members attending the real-world event or watching it on television.  In the case of endurance sports car races, the virtual events bow to the reality of real-world schedules by condensing races to a few hours duration.

And don’t look for a couple thousand iRacers to be running side-by-side and nose-to-tail around Daytona International Speedway; the iRacing service is capable of scheduling as many iterations of a given race as necessary to accommodate every member who signs up.

2011 World Tour of iRacing Schedule

January 28 – 2.4 Hours of Daytona
Daytona Int. Speedway, Road Course – 2.4 hours, mixed class (Riley MkXX and Mustang FR500S)

February 17 – Daytona 500
Daytona Int. Speedway – 500 miles (Chevy Impala SS NASCAR Cup)

April 9 – Ice Breaker at Thompson
Thompson Int. Speedway – Distance TBD (iRacing Street Stock)

May 29 – Indianapolis 500
Indianapolis Motor Speedway – 500 miles (Dallara-Honda Indy car)

June 18—Michigan 400
Michigan Int. Speedway – 400 miles (Chevy Impala SS NASCAR Cup)

July 16 – Radical Cup
Brands Hatch – 40 minutes (Radical SR8)

August 27 – Spa-Francorchamps GP
Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps – 44 laps (Williams-Toyota FW31)

September 30 – Petit Petit Le Mans
Road Atlanta – 120 minutes (mixed class TBD)

October 8 – Suzuka GP
Suzuka Circuit – 53 laps (Williams-Toyota FW31)

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  1. Richard Crozier
    December 22nd, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Worse :(

  2. Charles Sanchez
    December 22nd, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    No trucks anywhere on that schedule… bummer

  3. Samu Snabb
    December 22nd, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    I would rather see Silverstone to host F1 and Spa 1000km to host GT endurance (Vette + Radical or DP).

  4. Dave Petts
    December 22nd, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    Only 9 events? …and not an official series? … and no driver changes in the foreseeable future? …and …you get the idea. Bit of a disappointment really. Lets just hope the races aren’t scheduled for 0400GMT on a Thursday morning.

  5. dan pratt
    December 22nd, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    only 3 nascar i would think the only fair thing would be half road half nascar and no trucks the most popular iracing nascar series

  6. Doug
    December 23rd, 2010 at 12:16 am

    needs works still got time to fix it IRACING ….on the issue of driver changes give us an idea of if that is a possibility in the future

  7. Justin Kirby
    December 23rd, 2010 at 2:12 am

    I think the schedule is pretty good, I’m surprised at the level of complaining going on. I would love to see a different car for each race, but hey, that’s the schedule they give.

  8. Tim Doyle
    December 23rd, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    I hope the Indy 500 date is a mistake. A lot of people interested in running it will either be at the race or tuning in to watch it.

  9. Michaël Duforest
    December 24th, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    Yeah Tim, the date for the Indy 500 is just weird, the same day as the real one ! And they can’t run it on the morning of the real race because many members will be watching the F1 Monaco GP at the time.

    And for Daytona, a race on Thursday is not very smart either.

  10. Kevin O'Keefe
    December 24th, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    The trucks should be on here.

    Also, I think a fixed setup race would be great too.

  11. Kyle W.
    December 29th, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    It’s listed on the calendar on iRacing for May 28th, which is the Saturday.

  12. matt
    December 30th, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Michigan Int. Speedway – 400 miles (Chevy Impala SS NASCAR Cup)
    if the official races aren’t filling up here how is that tour event going to fill up. everyone is complaining how this track sucks with these cars!!

  13. Tim Doyle
    December 31st, 2010 at 5:28 am

    That it is Kyle. Thanks for pointing that out!

  14. Shawn Troester
    January 3rd, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    The changes I would make would be to add The Trucks in March or November at Darlington, Texas, or Homestead and Change Cups at Michigan to Spec Racer Ford at Road America for the June Sprints.

  15. Ian Boyd
    January 8th, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Add in the 12 Hours of Sebring in march and change the Petit Lemans race to the 19th of September at Road America in the Spec Racer Ford to coincide with the SCCA National Runoffs. That would give us a race for each month of the main racing season.

  16. Jay
    January 13th, 2011 at 6:48 am

    I’d like to see mixed class (SRF, Solstice, Mazda) @ Summit Point.

  17. Dwight Sontag
    January 13th, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    To all involved in the creation and execution of the World Tour,
    I like it! I’ll run all I can, thanks for the opportunity.