by Wil Vincent on October 16th, 2014
Three years ago today, Dan Wheldon lost his life at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. ‘The kid from Emberton’ had won his second Indy 500 just five months prior, and after a season without a full time ride, had just signed with Andretti Motorsports for 2012. Whilst not running in what was then the IZOD IndyCar Series every week, he was splitting his time between working for Versus (now NBCSN) as an analyst, and testing what was then known as the Dallara IR-12. A new car for a new tomorrow in what was a series slowly rebuilding itself after ‘the split’ and eventual (re)merger. IndyCar had really tried to make Vegas special. Calling it the ‘IndyCar World Championship,’ putting it on network TV and offering a $5 million prize to any [...]
by David Phillips on May 30th, 2014
Josh Wise is – arguably – the world’s foremost online racer. Forget for the moment that he’s been a member of the iRacing community since 2010 (with 22 wins to his credit) and consider the enormous impact the larger online community has had on Wise’s efforts to campaign the #98 Phil Parsons Racing Chevrolet in the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup.For openers, of course, the PPR Chevy SS sports the colors of two Internet-based sponsors in Dogecoin, an open source peer-to-peer digital currency, and the entertainment, social networking service and news website Reddit.com. But don’t forget the Internet community raised the $55,000 needed to sponsor Wise at Talladega, an effort he repaid with a twentieth place finish. Then there’s the giant-slaying story of how a successful online campaign resulted in Wise [...]
April 7th, 2013
Jimmie Johnson kept his nose clean in a fractious race to claim his eighth NASCAR Sprint Cup win at Martinsville. Johnson and his Hendrick Motorsport team-mates Jeff Gordon and Kasey Kahne spent the whole race battling with the Joe Gibbs cars of Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth, but in the end it was Johnson who took the chequer for the 62nd time in his career. Clint Bowyer brought his battle-scarred Toyota home second after a strong finish, just ahead of Gordon.
by David Phillips on February 26th, 2013
You watched Jimmie, Dale and Danica race it in Sunday’s Daytona 500, now you can have your very own Generation-6 Chevrolet SS. The Gen-6 Chevy SS is available on iRacing for $11.95, just in time to start preparing for the new NASCAR iRacing Series. Think of it as iRacing’s version of “Win on Sunday, Sell on Tuesday.” Click here for complete details.
February 18th, 2013
Danica Patrick’s team boss Tony Stewart has warned that her historic pole position for the Daytona 500 should not increase expectations for Patrick’s first full NASCAR Sprint Cup season. Stewart-Haas Chevrolet driver Patrick became the first female polesitter in Cup and Daytona 500 history when she held off four-time champion Jeff Gordon to secure the top spot on Sunday. Patrick has been under intense media scrutiny throughout her top-level career
October 25th, 2012
Regan Smith will drive a full season for JR Motorsports in the 2013 Nationwide Series, the team announced Wednesday. Smith will drive the #5 Chevrolet next year for Dale Earnhardt Jr’s outfit hoping to contend for the title in the second-tier series and will race for the team for the first time in this year’s season-finale at Homestead.
by David Phillips on August 30th, 2011
Monica Clara Brand’s name may not be quite as familiar to IndyCar fans as those of Sarah Fisher and Danica Patrick, but she has much in common with them. Like Fisher she has qualified on the pole for an IndyCar race . . . 30 by actual count. And, like Patrick, she has finished an IndyCar race in Victory Lane. In fact, Brand has more than 25 wins to her credit from MIS to Iowa to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. What distinguishes Brand’s racing career from those of Fisher and Patrick is that all of her IndyCar success has come in a digitized Dallara on the virtual race tracks of iRacing.com. In fact, the 34 year old resident of Bucharest, Romania has never even attended a “real world” IZOD IndyCar [...]
by David Phillips on March 10th, 2011
NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Josh Wise is the latest pro racer to tout the benefits of iRacing.com, both for the fun factor and as a serious tool for helping him improve his “game.” The youngest champion in USAC history, Wise caught the eye of another USAC champion – Tony Stewart – who helped him break into stock car racing in ARCA and, later, NASCAR where he drove in the Camping World Truck and Nationwide Series for Michael Waltrip Racing, Fitz Motorsports and Darrell Waltrip Motorsports. The California-native joined JR Motorsports this season and will split time with Danica Patrick in the #7 Chevrolet in Nationwide Series competition. See what Josh has to say about iRacing (and a few other things) here: http://www.jrmracing.com/news/2011/03/09/get-to-know-josh-wise While you’re at it, check-out an impressive JR [...]
by Henrik Müller on January 4th, 2011
Close, side-by-side racing is the trademark of south Florida’s 1.5 mile Homestead-Miami Speedway oval. Danica Patrick and Tony Kanaan showed in the IZOD IndyCar Series season finale how it can be done when they fought very hard for the second position in the last 15 laps. One of the keys behind the competitiveness surely is the progressive banking of 18°-20° which gives the track, in combination with its symmetric design, a unique look and feel. So when iRacing’s IZOD IndyCar Series visited Homestead last week, some of the sim racers came too close together while enjoying the fight and in the end they were “kissing the wall” harder than they wanted to. With a smile under his helmet, Martin Blais (Club Eastern Canada) certainly showed how to race at Homestead [...]
by Henrik Müller on December 1st, 2010
In the midst of celebrating the centennial era of its namesake circuit, the iRacing.com IZOD IndyCar Series came back to the unique 2.5 mile oval that is the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Built in 1909, the track hosted the first 500 mile event (the so called “Sweepstakes Race”) in 1911 and has since lured the world’s best oval and road course drivers in quest of their own imaginary bottle of milk. Every single inch of pavement and every single seat in the grandstands could tell thousands of impressive and touching stories . . . This week wrote many stories of its own: it saw no less than 23 individual drivers with 43 online races in just four race days – one of the most competitive weeks this series has ever seen. [...]
November 13th, 2010
IZOD IndyCar Series drivers and members of the ICONIC Committee stand in front of a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro and Al Unser's 1986 Indianapolis 500 winning car. (Ron McQueeney/IndyCar Photo) AVONDALE, Ariz. — Chevrolet is king in NASCAR, where it won the Manufacturer’s Championship for the 34th time in the Sprint Cup Series this year
by Judy Stropus on November 5th, 2010
Conor Daly, of Noblesville, Ind., has been selected to receive the 18th annual Gorsline Scholarship, presented by The Gorsline Company. Daly, 18, is the 2010 Formula Star Mazda champion, the son of professional racing champion Derek Daly and an iRacing member. The Gorsline Scholarship recognizes aspiring drivers and presents a program that provides tools that will assist these drivers in developing skills on and off the track to attain their professional goals. As the scholarship winner, Daly will work with Dr. Jacques Dallaire, Director of Performance Prime, to create an individually-designed performance-enhancement program, courtesy of The Gorsline Company. “Conor is a perfect candidate for this scholarship,” said John Gorsline, principal of The Gorsline Company, the leader in high-risk motorsports insurance. “In his short career, he has demonstrated an ability to [...]
October 15th, 2010
Danica Patrick CONCORD, N.C. — Danica Patrick will return to the NASCAR Nationwide Series for a second season of limited competition.
September 19th, 2010
By Bruce Martin MOTEGI, Japan — Not even Helio Castroneves’ impressive victory in Sunday’s Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Motegi could take the spotlight away from the battle for the IZOD IndyCar Series championship between Dario Franchitti and Will Power.
July 27th, 2010
EDMONTON, Alberta — When Jimmy Vasser became a team owner, he wanted to one day emulate a team owner that he achieved much of his success with as a driver — Chip Ganassi. And while Vasser’s KV Racing Technology team was a winner in Champ Car and has been competitive in IndyCar, the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series season has been too much like Ganassi’s 2005 IndyCar campaign with a series of crashed race cars and costly equipment. That certainly isn’t what Vasser had in mind when he wanted to be compared Ganassi
July 20th, 2010
TORONTO — Few drivers in the IZOD IndyCar Series needed a better finish than Danica Patrick. Despite her star-power as the most visible driver in IndyCar and her attempt at competing in a limited NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule, this has been a frustrating season for the female race driver.
July 18th, 2010
TORONTO — Will Power has gone two-in-a-row for the second time this season driving to victory in Sunday’s Honda Indy Toronto for his fourth win in the IZOD IndyCar Series season. Power passed race-leader Justin Wilson on a lap-71 restart. Wilson would spin out on that lap and that set the battle between Power and Dario Franchitti
July 10th, 2010
JOLIET, Ill, — Kyle Busch ho-hummed his way through most of the Dollar General Powered by Coca-Cola Friday night at Chicagoland Speedway, then launched a green-white-checker charge to beat Joey Logano to the finish under the yellow flag. Busch, who led 110 of the 203-laps, appeared snookered behind series points leader Brad Keselowski as the field came down for the “overtime” green flag, but Keselowski ran out of fuel as the field approached the start-finish line. Busch moved alongside Logano’s GameStop Toyota for the restart, then outran him to the white flag and coasted to victory when a seven-car crash on the final lap ended it.
June 22nd, 2010
NEWTON, Iowa — Every race track has its own unique obstacle. At Iowa Speedway, it’s a bump in between turns one and two that turns the seven-eighths-mile oval into an “obstacle course.” The bump is just over the infield tunnel that allows traffic into the track.
June 20th, 2010
By Bruce Martin NEWTON, Iowa — In a battle of Brazilian boyhood pals, Tony Kanaan got the best of Helio Castroneves, making the race-winning pass in the third turn with 10 laps to go. Kanaan drove on victory in Sunday’s Iowa Corn Indy 250 presented by Pioneer at Iowa Speedway. It was Kanaan’s first IZOD IndyCar Series win since Richmond (Va.) Int’l Raceway in June 2008