by David Phillips on January 31st, 2010
The iRacing.com World Tour debuted with Saturday’s hugely successful iRacing.com Rolex 2.4 at Daytona. Some 950 iRacers took part in the online racing event which, conveniently, translated to 24 splits of 39 or 40 competitors . . . and a like number of winners, second and third place finishers (see below).
Speaking of numbers, the Rolex 2.4s produced 79 lead changes among 63 leaders and, officially, a whole lot of laps. Jeffrey Rietveld turned the fastest lap of them all at 1:37.916, and more than half the splits produced fast laps under the 1:40 mark. Two iRacers – Jonathan Peirson and Matthew Delk – led their races from flag-to-flag, with Jaroslav Honzik taking the split with the most lead changes (eight). Not surprisingly, Honzik’s victory also produced the closest finish, a 1.883s margin of victory over runner-up Philip Diaz. At the other end of the competitive spectrum, Frances Cote enjoyed the largest MOV, coming home two laps ahead of his closest competitor Tony George, Jr.
Win, lose or disconnect, however, the operative word was “fun.”
“Dang great fun!!” California’s Courtney Smith said in his Forum post. “Most fun I’ve had in iRacing, no in SIMRACING period!! Was great! Realism=2nd to none!
“+100!” posted Illinois’ James Ptak. “Thank you iRacing! This was FANTASTIC!! I’ve had a LOT of fun here at iRacing over the last ~1.5 years but this event was hands-down the most fun I’ve had yet!
“Gives me a little more enjoyment/appreciation watching the real Rolex 24H, too ”
Nor were the accolades restricted to the USA.
“Tk you John, Dave & team,” Club Italia’s Filippo Filippini. “950 people joining the event, great. A record that will last only two weeks, I suppose.”
Filipini is referring to Round Two of the iRacing.com World Tour, the iRacing.com Daytona 500, which is slated for February 13 at 7 p.m., 18 hours before the start of the opening round of the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. For those who missed the Rolex 2.4, it’s a second chance to enjoy iRacing at its best. Those who didn’t miss it, like Smith, Ptak, Fillipini and 947 others, are already counting the days to the iRacing.com Daytona 500.
To see more of the Rolex 2.4 check out the following:
Rolex 2.4 podium finishers:
Richard Towler, Nolan Scott, Jaroslav Honzik, David Hatton, Jonathan Auger, Jim Caudill, Jr., Vincent L’Herbier, Chad Smith2, Jonathan Pierson, Torsten Gross, Sean Edwards, Byron Daley, Kyler Fetterly, Richard Hessels, Dan Caskanette, Lance Williams, Charles Buscher, Daniel Oriola Juan, Kenneth Dancer, Darren Kikolski, Michael Harrison, Matthew Delk, Patrick Fogel, Francois Cote
Jeffrey Rietveld, Kenneth O’Keefe, Philip Diaz, M. Brandon Davis, Kyle Vesa, Aaron Markham, Darren Seal, Scott Latimer, Chris Gennarelli, Zanoah Wilson, Tray Witherspoon, Doug Gegenheimer, Rik Op den Camp, Ryan Otis, Chad Coleman, Bruce Parry, Terry Kalinich, Petri Pyoria, Nick Rowland, Brian S. Sponseller, Dan Canright, Didier Jacquet, Tyler Overstreet, Tony George, Jr.
Klaus Kivekas, Jake Stergios, Dave Gelink, David Jaques, Chris Damron, Jr., Marcus Caton, Russell Kao, Giacomo Benetti, Josh Berry, Eugene Mozgunov, Tyler-Jason Lavallee, Daniele Bonaventura, Bill Smith II, Bruce Clay, Timothy Wheatley, Matt Fitzwater, Trey Eidson, Alan Orton, Scott Bennett, Greg Allen, Shawn Kimball, Damian Wiech, Richard Schmieding, Fabian Kloth.