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24 x 2.4 = F.U.N.

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).

The iRacing.com Rolex 2.4 at Daytona attracted 650 entries.

The iRacing.com Rolex 2.4 at Daytona attracted 950 entries.

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  ”

An iRacer's-eye view of the start of the iRacing.com Rolex 2.4.

An iRacer's-eye view of the start of the iRacing.com Rolex 2.4.

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:

First Place
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

Second Place
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.

Third Place
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.

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  1. Daniele Bonaventura
    January 31st, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Hey David.
    You forgot an ‘e’ in my name. (3rd) :P

    This was really a great start for the iracing World tour. Looking forward to Daytona.

  2. Filippo Filippini
    January 31st, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    Actually my Surname is Filippini, not Fillipini (only one “l”).
    Anyway tk you all

  3. Billy Smith
    January 31st, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    Missing 2nd and 3rd place finishers in the split Kyle Fetterly won.

  4. Jay Odom
    January 31st, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    The 2010 Rolex 2.4 hours @ Daytona is another milestone of Sim Racing.

    I don’t think it will ever be the same again. These are the things that get people excited to be here and will encourage others to try.

    Nicely done iRacing.

  5. Michael Melvin
    January 31st, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    Best event I have been a part of yet. I believe there should be one 2 hour enduro each weekend much like this one. And alternate weekends for Oval and Road enduros… ;-)

  6. Lincoln Miner
    February 1st, 2010 at 2:47 am

    Most fun I’ve ever had in a sim race week. Yeah, week, because the practice servers were packed with people all week morning, noon and night talking about setups, pit stop strategies, etc. The practices were almost as much fun as the race. Actually, no the race was epic. Overall a great week. Wish we had more of these. 1 or 2 a month isn’t enough! :-)

  7. Travis Bush
    February 1st, 2010 at 3:07 am

    That was a blast! It felt like racing in the real 24 hour race. The graphics are right on point and the racing is great. thanx iracing for a great simracing experience. Im looking forward to the 500!

  8. J Helie
    February 1st, 2010 at 5:38 am

    Most fun i had in a long time……simracing!
    Two thumbs up iracing for that event,
    Now how about a real 24 hrs ! with multiple drivers :)

  9. Dave M
    February 1st, 2010 at 7:41 am

    Best sim racing event i have been in, in all my decade of sim racing, and surely 950 racers at once in a single event has to be a record! no other sim could have done it.

    congrats, and thanks iracing! bring on the next one :D

  10. Andy Kirschetorte
    February 1st, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    Absolutely brilliant! Certainly one of the most fun racing events I’ve taken part in!

  11. Mike Broda
    February 1st, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    I wish there were 2 sessions
    I was unable to make the start time.

    Real weather and day/night transision would be amazing
    driver changes will make this a world class sim.

  12. Don
    February 1st, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Not only did Matthew Delk win my split by leading the entire race, but his wife also made him a nice bacon sandwich during it too.

    Some guys have all the luck!!!

  13. Jeff
    February 1st, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    I was impressed at how well everyone behaved in my group. If anyone crashed do to over aggressive driving I was unaware of it. Aside from a car off, the first 3 or 4 laps were pretty much incident free. Good job everyone!

  14. Julio C. Chacon
    February 1st, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    Awesome – simply awesome!!! As mentioned above, the best part was the start of my split. 40 cars, nose to tail, for 3 laps without so much as a bump… At least from my perspective. Even as a car or two spun a few laps later (myself included :-/), they were all courteous enough to wait for an opening to get back on track. :)

    Even though my race ended shortly after the 1 hour mark, it was a great experience as my first endurance race… I’m buying a COT tonight for Daytona!!! :D

  15. Bob McFaul
    February 2nd, 2010 at 12:55 am

    Julio Chacon…what’s a COT?

    Enjoyed reading about the 2.4. I’m new and really impressed with what I see and read.
    I’d love to see some replays.

    Cheers,

    Bob McFaul

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