iRacing's Dave Kaemmer gets ready for his turn on camera.

iRacing's Dave Kaemmer gets ready for his turn on camera.

Dave Kaemmer and I spent a few days in Indianapolis last week filming portions of the soon to be released iRacing Driving School. The shoot was great, the weather, not-so-much. I could have driven back to Boston in less time than it took to fly!

We are still several months away from launching the school but it is shaping up nicely. The iRacing Driving School will feature about a dozen separate chapters, each being its own stand-alone video on the member site. Many of the chapters will finish-up with exercises designed to help you  practice what you just learned.

The basic idea of the school is to help iRacers become better racers. Many iRacers have no formal racing education and that often leads to reaching a plateau where no matter what you try you don’t seem to get any faster. There are also many iRacers who are completely new to the sport and by teaching them the basics right from the start, we think it will improve everyone’s enjoyment of the service. After all, faster racers means better racing for everyone!

iRacing Driving School host, Chris Agos, gets ready to read through a script in front of the green screen.

iRacing Driving School host, Chris Agos, gets ready to read through a script in front of the green screen.

The school actually began taking shape last year. We started first with the idea; next we needed the curriculum, scripts and exercises. Having just filmed the on-camera instructor we are now ready to move to production and begin incorporating in-sim footage so students can see what we are talking about.

Chapters subjects will include:
•    Vehicle dynamics
•    Fundamentals of the racing line
•    Using your eyes
•    Braking
•    Shifting
•    Race-craft
•    Race starts
•    Pre-race – practice, qualifying and time trials

A lot of work remains to be done on the school to get it ready for launch, but we are excited to have made it this far already. Look for an announcement later this spring for the launch date.

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Really good idea, this will be a very welcome addition to iRacing. Looking forward to it!

19Kilo
February 9th, 2010 at 3:57 pm

Exactly what I’m looking for. Keeping a close eye on the development of this.

Emmanuel Baako
February 9th, 2010 at 4:00 pm

Great to hear.

Kevin O’Keefe
February 9th, 2010 at 4:01 pm

That’s great to hear. Looking forward to it.

Alex Ulleri
February 9th, 2010 at 4:08 pm

Very nice. I look forward to it with great anticipation.

Michael S Wright
February 9th, 2010 at 4:08 pm

Bravo, iRacing!!

Kevin Viebrock
February 9th, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Looks good but I hope we get more then standerd brake here and turn there explenations.
Lots of people need advanced, almost private teaching.

Steve Claeys
February 9th, 2010 at 4:15 pm

Great idea and I sure to use it, but I would also love to see you add a video set-up guide

Michael Hughes
February 9th, 2010 at 4:24 pm

Great to see that this is coming.

Jason Noble
February 9th, 2010 at 4:25 pm

Yes this is true. This covers a lot of the basics, which are needed, but I would also love to see some more advanced teaching for driving techniques and setup work.

Alex Ulleri
February 9th, 2010 at 4:29 pm

This will be fantastic. iRacing just keeps improving, responding to the needs of its users. Thank you!

Paul Kelly
February 9th, 2010 at 4:41 pm

Great to see this finally nearing fruition! I know you guys at iRacing have wanted this in the software since you were in beta still. I hope it becomes what you always hoped it would. Personally speaking, I can’t wait to check it out!

Best of luck!

Vincent Sciuto
February 9th, 2010 at 5:16 pm

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February 9th, 2010 at 5:41 pm

cant w8, hope i can take part…

ryan terry
February 9th, 2010 at 5:44 pm

Very good idea.

A thing like this can only help. Espacially in setting up a car for qualification and racing.

Thank you Iracing

Paul Morin
February 9th, 2010 at 5:52 pm

I’m looking forward this!

If I can bring a suggestion,
(do not delay the release for this but) I would love it if we could show subtitles as option.

English isn’t my language and it’s difficult for me to understand spoken English and stay concentrated. My reading skill is much better. Also, you could (or let fans do it) translate the English subtitles in many different languages.

Vitalogy
February 9th, 2010 at 7:13 pm

Why not release it episode by episode instead of waiting to finish all 12?

Lincoln Miner
February 9th, 2010 at 8:19 pm

Excellent!!! I am very much looking forward to it!! I think Vitalogy has an excellent suggestion. I think having subtitles/transcript in other languages as well as other languages would be extremely helpful not just for people whose first language is not English but those of us (like myself) who don’t have great hearing. Also, as Lincoln said, releasing them episodicallyy would also be nice. (I realize though these may not be logistically or financially feasible.)

Wendy Sarrett
February 9th, 2010 at 9:05 pm

Subtitles would be good for people who dont have english as there first language.

I really hope the school will over more then just the basics.

George Kuyumji
February 9th, 2010 at 9:11 pm

Very nice addition to the servcice.

What I acutally would add is a tutorial on how to build half way decent setups.

No matter what I am tweaking, I am not getting way faster. And always rely on the virtual crew chief page doesn’t help my understanding getting better. 😉

Max S.
February 9th, 2010 at 9:38 pm

An idea whose time has come. Hope to see a nice implementation. The Rally School in Richard Burns Rally was well done, with theory, instruction, a demonstration, then goals to achieve yourself on the track.

Even the Gran Turismo tutorials about line were quite instructive, with the various medals based on times through a set course.

dunc
February 9th, 2010 at 10:11 pm

I hope you include a section titled something like:

“Driving mistakes so very, very bad that making of of them will leave you way more embarrased than that guy who sh*t his pants in the second grade.”

Show replays to demonstrate them.

Kenton Flaig
February 9th, 2010 at 11:08 pm

I hope you’re going to add a class on chassis setups!!

Bob
February 10th, 2010 at 12:48 am

I think along with this it would be awesome to have a detailed setup guide for each car, and explain how each setting works in the sim.

The combination of these video’s and those guides would make iRacing that much more of an immersive experience

Just don’t stop improving 🙂

Bryan Carey
February 10th, 2010 at 12:49 am

great stuff iRacing!

MM
February 10th, 2010 at 3:49 am

Nice, Cant wait to get in the seat lol

Johnny
February 10th, 2010 at 11:42 am

AWESOME!!!!

Dave M
February 10th, 2010 at 1:34 pm

It would be awesome to be able to drive a track (split screen side by side) and see the “pro” synchronized with you.

Alex
February 11th, 2010 at 2:07 am

good news.. think a lot of folks have been lookin forward to this…
take ur time do a 1st class job on it please!

JT
Teamdraft

jeff thomas
February 11th, 2010 at 8:30 pm

Cool Deal! I’ll take all the help I can get.!

Keep up the great work iRacing!

Bob Beach
February 12th, 2010 at 12:39 am

This is great news. I’m going to agree with a number of comments here; please, create an IN-DEPTH chapter(s) on setups!! It has been my experience that many of the skills taught in racing schools would actually come naturally from just doing laps. Car setup is a different matter, and in my opinion is one of the main reasons for the “plateau”.
Most of the cars on iracing are tuned quite well, there are a few that are b…a…d! It would be great to learn more about this “dark art” of racing. (I’m aware of the setup guide pdf. It hasn’t helped me at all, and many of the effects I see and feel from tweaking while using the guide are opposite to what the guide says should happen.)
Also, it would be great if we had ghost cars. I’ve always found them very helpful in improving my times. It’s just an idea.
Thank you!

Quinn
February 13th, 2010 at 2:17 pm

Great, great, great!
But don’t forget the idea of the video set-up guide.

JJ
February 14th, 2010 at 3:48 pm

I just hope there’s Road Racing instruction

Steve Wood
February 14th, 2010 at 9:18 pm

Nice idea and i’m sure like everything else in iracing, it will come with a price tag

Robert Dunn
February 16th, 2010 at 5:44 pm

Set-ups should be the “principles” of set-up. And than let the member work and practice these “principles” to achieve set-ups that work for the individual members driving abilities..

Loren Doolittle
March 23rd, 2010 at 7:42 pm

We need chassis set up training also PLEASE

toby
May 16th, 2010 at 5:04 pm

Yes, Setup Training is very much needed. I think each series should have its own setup class as each car/truck is somewhat to extremely different. Depending on how it’s made up and how long it takes to make everything you could have a class for each course, teaching breaking points on road courses and what the preferred line at the ovals are. I would also recommend a class on passing, what not to do and when to let the other person go by. That would help a lot of the rookies out I think.

Drakon
May 26th, 2010 at 5:31 am

I’d have to admit with you here. Which is not something I usually do! I love reading a post that will make people think. Also, thanks for allowing me to comment!

Domingo Brozie
November 8th, 2010 at 7:11 pm

I like this quote, Mind your own business.

Lawerence Epperheimer
November 12th, 2010 at 11:25 pm

TY for blogging this, it was quite handy and told me immensely

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November 16th, 2010 at 4:50 am

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Amanda Marcum
November 16th, 2010 at 4:12 pm

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