October 19th, 2012
American racing legend Mario Andretti will demonstrate a Lotus Formula 1 car at the opening of the new Austin grand prix venue in Texas on Sunday. The Circuit of the Americas will host its first F1 race on 18 November, and is being officially opened this weekend.
by David Phillips on June 11th, 2011
Not all iRacers belong to Generation X or Y. There’s plenty of baby-boomer sim racers out there, and no small number are probably identify more with Geritol than Generation X, Y or Z. I wouldn’t be so presumptuous as to guess Scott Green’s generational affiliation, but the fact the Albuquerquean lists his birth date as “quite some time ago” leads me to believe his contemporaries in a famous local clan are familiarly known as Big Al and Uncle Bobby, rather than Little Al and Bobby, Jr. And the fact that his favorite cars on the iRacing service are the Silver Crown sprint car and Mustang FR500S also suggests Green is “old school.” Did I mention the person he most admires is a fellow named Mario Andretti? While he may be [...]
December 21st, 2010
Mario Andretti (IndyCar Photo) CONCORD, N.C. — Many in the auto racing industry realize the sport has a lot of older racing fans and attracting younger spectators is a priority
December 15th, 2010
Jimmie Johnson won the Driver of the Year Award for the fourth time.
November 10th, 2010
Mario Andretti prepares to drive the IndyCar Series two-seat Indy car at Homestead-Miami Speedway. INDIANAPOLIS — Mario Andretti will be earning his frequent flier miles this winter. Andretti, the 1969 Indy 500 winner and 1978 World Driving Champion, has confirmed his participation in the Indy 500 Centennial Tour, which will visit U.S
by Jason Lofing on August 11th, 2010
The second season of mixed class online racing in the iRacing Prototype Challenge (iPC) began with a journey to Ontario for the start of Season Three. Like most series in iRacing, the iPC had its schedule restructured for this upcoming season, with Mosport International Raceway occupying the Week One slot of the twelve week season. The ten turn track checks in at just a hair under 2.5 miles, with the Riley MkXX Prototype owning roughly a 1.5 second advantage over the Radical SR8 due to its speed advantage on the long, uphill “Mario Andretti” straightaway. On the Prototype side, Marcus Saari edged ahead of the pack with his three wins on the week in three starts. The Scandinavian was dominant in all of his starts, leading wire-to-wire and winning by [...]
by Ryan Terpstra on July 9th, 2010
I hope all of you sim racers are looking forward to this weekend’s Historic British Grand Prix (aka Round Eight of the iRacing World Tour) like I am. This week’s online racing event features the most under-rated car in iRacing’s virtual garage, the Lotus 79 as driven by Mario Andretti to five of his six victories and the Formula 1 world championship in 1978. <http://www.formula1.com/teams_and_drivers/hall_of_fame/242/> The event will run on the historic layout of Silverstone simulating a historic British Grand Prix. While some of you may be quick to point out that the historical details aren’t perfect, please enjoy the event for what it is. The iRacing World Tour event will feature 25 car splits, and will be open to all license levels. The race distance is set for 60 [...]
June 22nd, 2010
It didn’t take long before end-of-the-19th century automobile owners were challenging each other to tests of speed. Proving one’s ponderous, wood-rimmed, thundering machine faster, better handling or better accelerating than another was natural from the time horseless carriages began chugging down streets.
by Divina Galica, iRacing.com Director of Partner Relations on January 1st, 2010
1978 was an interesting year for me, as it was the year I was named to drive the Hesketh 308E in the FIA Formula One Championship. I would be on the tracks with the great drivers of that time, six of whom were or would become World Champions: Emerson Fittipaldi (1972 and ’74), Niki Lauda (‘75, ‘77 and ’84), James Hunt (’76), Jody Scheckter (’79), Alan Jones (’80) and Mario Andretti, who would become that year’s champion. Plus, the iconic Gilles Villeneuve and Ronnie Peterson were in the mix as well.” In all there were 27 drivers and 14 teams entered for the first race, which was held at the Oscar Galvez track outside Buenos Aires on January 15th. There was no pre-training on simulators those days or even straight [...]
by iRacing.com on July 30th, 2009
Three decades on from their Olympic-winning performances, human athletes are invariably long past their prime. But today, as the Lotus 79 becomes available to members of the iRacing.com service, this remarkable racecar is every bit as fast as it was in its halcyon days 31 years ago, when it carried Mario Andretti to the 1978 Formula One World Championship. And by any standard of measurement it’s still a very quick racecar. Just how fast is the Lotus 79? With its light weight and road-hugging ground effects, the Lotus 79 is about quick enough to match the road-circuit lap times of a modern IndyCar. “It’s neat that the first historic racecar we’re introducing to the service is one with contemporary performance,” said Tony Gardner, iRacing’s president. “The braking and cornering ability [...]