by David Phillips on February 19th, 2014
Real world racers and sim-racers alike are preparing for the biggest stock car race of all: the Daytona 500. This year 50,000 iRacers worldwide can compete in an online version of the full NASCAR Sprint Cup Season in the NASCAR iRacing Series (NiS), which kicks-off this week with iRacing’s version of the Daytona 500. From this week’s season opener at Daytona International Speedway through to the finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November, the NASCAR-sanctioned sim-racing series exactly mirrors the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule. Driving virtual Chevy Impalas and Ford Fusions, iRacers will compete on precisely recreated laser-scanned versions of tracks on the same weekends as the “real” tracks host the likes of Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski and Dale Earnhardt Jr as they vie for a spot in The Chase. [...]
by David Ifeguni on December 2nd, 2013
Chris Shella has been a part of the iRacing community since July of 2010. Since then, he has given us 182 reasons why he is one of the top competitors on the service. Specifically, he has scored 172 wins in nearly 1400 oval starts and ten victories in 177 starts on road courses. This year, he has won nearly 20% of the oval races he has started and has finished in the top five, over half of the time. Chris hasn’t stopped at race wins either. He won the championship for his division in the iRacing.com Grand Touring Cup in 2011 Season 4. No question, Shella is one of the top iRacers in the Carolina Club. I got the chance to talk to him (and ask him some questions) in [...]
by David Ifeguni on September 3rd, 2013
This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing iRacer Brandon Trost. If you look at his career statistics, you would think he is a sim-racing addict. Since joining iRacing in June of 2012, he has started 1669 oval races, winning 124 times and taking 502 top five finishes, along with 152 pole starts. The majority of Brandon’s oval starts came last year but he has still made his fair share of races this year. The 13 year old from Erie, Pennsylvania has raced in over 700 oval events in 2013 (so far!) and has won about 10% of the races he has entered. One of Brandon’s biggest achievements on iRacing would have to be winning the 2013 Season 1 iRacing.com IZOD IndyCar Oval Fixed Series championship for Division 2, and [...]
by David Ifeguni on June 24th, 2013
Right now, it probably isn’t the best time to be a Jeff Gordon fan. So far though, in the summer he has finished in the top 12 in three of the past four races, including a third at Dover and a runner up finish at Sonoma yesterday, giving his fans something to smile about — especially his biggest iRacing fan Josef Miele. Josef Miele, an 18 year old from Schenectady, NY, has been on iRacing since May of 2009. Since joining iRacing, he has run hundreds of races and won in several different cars at several different tracks, but there are many interesting things about him that many of you probably don’t know. Why is his favorite track Dover International Speedway? Which NASCAR driver does he dislike the most? How [...]
by David Ifeguni on April 15th, 2013
Last week in the first part of my interview with the 22 year old Guy Driggers, we discussed his sim-racing career, and his feelings on it up until now. This week, we talked about his painting career in racing, how he started painting, who he has painted for, and why he loves to paints race cars. So sit back, read, and get to know the “colorful” side of Guy Driggers… Q: How did you get started in sim painting? A: I can trace my sim-painting roots back to 2006, but I didn’t actually start until June of ’08 when NASCAR ’09 came out on the consoles. The biggest feature of the game was the capability to design a paint scheme on the computer and then upload it to use in [...]
by David Phillips on March 25th, 2013
As the saying goes, “art imitates life.” Or is it the other way around? Does life imitate art? In the case of iRacing’s Gen-6 Chevy SS and Ford Fusion, it’s both. Read on . . . Just two days after Jimmie Johnson drove his new Generation-6 Chevrolet SS to victory in 2013 Daytona 500 on February 26, iRacing released its digital version of the Gen-6 Chevy. A little more than a week later, iRacing made its Gen-6 Ford Fusion available and, on March 8, Jason Karlavige drove iRacing’s virtual Chevy SS to victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the top-rated split of the new NASCAR iRacing Series. No matter how you cut it, making a digital version of the new platform for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series available a [...]
by David Ifeguni on March 25th, 2013
If you look up improvement or persistent in the dictionary, you’ll probably find a picture of Steven Eszenyi. Steven has been on iRacing since July of 2010. Statistically, he didn’t get off to a very great start. In 2010 he ran 217 oval races and three road races, and although he won a total of 17 times, his average incidents per race on the oval side was 8.21 and on the road side, 18.66. The 17 year old driver from Trumbull, Connecticut has definitely had a long and a rather messy road towards being one of the top drivers on the oval side of iRacing. In 2012, in Eszenyi’s words, “(I) decided to take this seriously” and he definitely got results. He started 931 oval races and earned 157 checkered [...]
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.
by David Ifeguni on January 21st, 2013
This week, I interviewed a driver who is no stranger to painting cars on iRacing.com. Along with racing the cars on iRacing, he also paints them. As the owner of N.D.D (Nick Del Campo Designs), he paints cars on iRacing as well as real world racecars. Many people know him for the signature lime green logo he places on many of the cars he paints, and if you haven’t guessed by now, the driver I interviewed for this week, is Nick Del Campo. For some iRacers, it might have taken weeks or even months until they got their first win on the service. Nick Del Campo took three days. He scored his first win on October 16th of 2010 in the Legends car at South Boston Speedway, and since then [...]
October 28th, 2012
Jimmie Johnson jumped back up to the lead of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup with his fourth win of the season and his seventh at Martinsville Speedway. The victory puts Johnson two points ahead of Penske’s Brad Keselowski with just three races to go. Johnson got maximum points after a gruelling 500 laps
by Jameson Spies on September 8th, 2011
Atlanta Motor Speedway has built its physical world reputation as being fast, slick, and downright tough to get a grip on . . . literally. All the same characteristics transferred over to iRacing’s virtual version of the facility and it showed as only the best of the best were able to make a charge at the aging track. Although its 1.5 mile layout may tempt some to classify AMS as a typical “Cookie Cutter,” competitors in the NASCAR iRacing.com Class A Series learned that claim is half-baked. In the week’s top slit, Steve Sheehan and Bob Bryant had a dogfight to the finish, much resembling Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson’s ten lap brawl to end the Sprint Cup race early Tuesday. Unlike Johnson, Sheehan was able to track down the [...]
by David Allen on June 4th, 2011
Editor’s Note: inRacingNews is pleased to introduce David Allen who will be contributing a regular column focusing on the technical side of iRacing. A long-time sim racer himself, David brings two decades of experience to bear on some the technical challenges associated with sim racing. Ray Bryden fans relax. He’ll still be contributing to his, er unique perspectives to inRacingNews. In other words, it’s a win-win situation for our readers. Building a competitive race car can cost a considerable amount of money right? If you’re a racer, rookie or not the decision on how to spend that money to run up front can be a brain-numbing decision. Racing on a simulator in your game room can be the same way. Confused yet? Don’t worry that’s why I’m here. As a [...]
by Steve Potter on February 11th, 2011
The Great American Sim-Race Is Open to Everyone Practice starts tomorrow (February 12) for the iRacing.com Daytona 500, a virtual version of NASCAR’s 2011 season-opening event that runs on February 19, the day before the real Daytona 500. Unlike the NASCAR Sprint Cup race that more than 200,000 will view from the grandstands at Daytona International Speedway and another ten million will watch on television, participation in this virtual version of the Daytona 500 is open to everyone – all that’s needed is a PC and a broadband internet connection. The iRacing.com Daytona 500 is the second event in the 2011 World Tour of iRacing.com, a for-fun nine-race series that samples a variety of motorsport – ranging from street-stock racing on short ovals, to world-famous events including the Indy 500, [...]
January 27th, 2011
Jimmie Johnson (left) and Jamie McMurray (HHP Photos) DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The names are magical. The accomplishment is legendary.
January 9th, 2011
Jimmie Johnson (left) chats with actor Patrick Dempsey during testing for the Rolex 24 At Daytona Saturday at Daytona Int'l Speedway. (Grand Am Photo). DAYTONA BEACH, Fla
December 26th, 2010
CHAMPION: Jimmie Johnson It wasn't easy, but somehow Jimmie Johnson claimed his fifth-straight NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title in 2010. (HHP/Harold Hinson Photo) Jimmie Johnson rallied from 33 points behind with two races remaining and won his fifth-consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup championship. While Johnson secured the title with a second-place finish in the finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the season was not the typical one of domination by the Hendrick Motorsports No
December 16th, 2010
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Eighteen drivers (or riders) are among those nominated for the annual Speed Performer of the Year Award, with the winner taking home the 100-pound bronze Mario Andretti Trophy designed by artist Elie Hazak. Representing both four-wheel and two-wheel efforts across the globe, the Mario Andretti Trophy goes to the racer who puts a premium on winning races, shines on his/her sport’s biggest stages and does it with a measure of sportsmanship and class.
December 15th, 2010
Jimmie Johnson won the Driver of the Year Award for the fourth time.
December 14th, 2010
Based on his tremendous season, Chip Ganassi was named the Economaki Champion of Champions for the 2010 racing season. (NSSN Staff Photo) HARRISBURG, N.C.
December 2nd, 2010
Jimmie Johnson (left) and Chad Knaus posing with the Sprint Cup trophy earlier this week. (NASCAR photo). LAS VEGAS — Hendrick Motorsports’s celebration of a fifth consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship got off to a fast start Thursday afternoon at the Bellagio located on The Strip in Sin City.