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What a perfect real world sport to simulate utilizing the amazing power of the Internet – Motorsport Racing.

I may be a slightly biased but, in my opinion, of all the sports out there racing is the best-suited for the transition to a simulation. Lucky for us sim racers, race gamers, real world racers and racing fans. Whether you’re a serious racer or casual racing fan who wants to get much closer to the action — in fact become the action — there is nothing quite like Internet racing when it comes to matching the excitement of the real thing. My point is not to compare the two, rather to simply point-out that real-world racing transitions so nicely to Internet racing. One main similarity for sure is that skill, racing craft and practice are necessary to be competitive, whether you’re racing in the real world or on the Internet. One of the big differences certainly is the time and money needed. Chalk that difference up as a big plus when it comes to Internet racing.

I may be a slightly biased but, in my opinion, of all the sports out there racing is the best-suited for the transition to a simulation.

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Just think . . . it is pretty cool that you can go racing whenever you want, any time of day or night, 365 days per year. Since iRacing.com launched its service about two years ago, our data logs show there have been multiple people racing every second of every day. That’s pretty amazing when you think about it. I guess that demonstrates the power of the Internet and the convenience of a centralized Internet racing service like iRacing. As the president of iRacing I am always checking the service to see what is going on at all times of day and night. I remember last Christmas Eve . . . once the kids went to bed, I went on the service (in the middle of the night my time) and the servers were chalk-full of racers. I guess having people racing each other from 70 different countries and covering every time zone and walk of life truly makes iRacing a 24/7 service.

The fact that each of our racing series (over 20) has racers from all over the world is pretty cool in its own right. Better yet, you get to talk with and, in some cases, really get to know some of those people from different countries and cultures. I don’t care who you are, not only would you not be able to race all these cars and tracks in the real world without Internet Racing, you probably would never get to talk to so many people from other countries without it. Pretty Cool.

We can also combine this perfect Internet sport with our centralized service and all the power of computers today and the Internet, to create some exciting events that would never happen in real world racing without investing a great deal of time and money.

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For example and speaking of computing, take the Intel GP Series @ Intel’s Extreme Masters now underway at iRacing. We have partnered with Intel to deliver a truly global Internet-based competition. The online competition consists of week-long regional iRacing series that will determine a group of finalists for three regions in the world: Europe, US/Canada and Asia/Australia.) The first series (Europe) just ended with Martin Macjon (Germany), Richard Towler (England), Greger Huttu (Finland), Bastien Bartsh (France), Andre Boettcher (Germany), Sebastian Schmalenbach (Germany), Vit Mistina (Czech Republic), Sven Mitlehner ( Germany), Armelin Weisee (France) and David Williams (England) all qualifying to move on to the next round of the tournament. These 10 guys will compete in a regional event that will be broadcast live from our website www.iRacing.com on August 21, 2010 at 1PM CEST. The top four finishers from that event will be invited to the World Finals Championship Race in Germany in March of 2011 to compete against the other regional finalists from the US/Canada and Asia. All the finalists will actually be physically in Germany for that race. The other regions are yet to play out and there’s still plenty of time for every iRacer from those remaining regions to enter the competition. The total purse for the winner(s) of this tournament is $23,000, and everyone who competes in the full week of regional series events is also entered to win an Intel Core i7 Extreme Processor and Motherboard. iRacing members can find the full details on the iRacing member site.

Real-world racing is great fun but if time, money and courage are not in long supply I would strongly suggest that you try Internet racing. The fun and gratification — although different in some respects — can certainly be just as real and, just as certainly, much more attainable!

Good Racing!

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17 Comments

Nice Blog Tony!

wgjazz
August 11th, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Very interesting!!

Mike Conti
August 11th, 2010 at 6:14 pm

key word here is “sport”.
accept it.

great article Tony!

Alexandre Martini
August 11th, 2010 at 6:27 pm

Certainly motorsport is the pastime or sport most suited to simulation, to the point where the simulated version can take on a life of it’s own. Take the yellow flags in oval racing for example- in the real world it’s needed for safety reasons. In the virtual world that need is negated, yet it’s used in the sim anyway, because it produces the same drama, tension and strategy shake-up as in the real world, and the category would be less without it. I’ve always said if the only wheeled vehicles on earth were wheelbarrows, we would race them. The same with simulated cars and the same hand-feet-eye coordination inputs producing a simulated result. The cars might not be real, but the competition and the feeling of being in an event is very real.

Patrick of Oz
August 11th, 2010 at 11:56 pm

yep, and once we get a high detail damage model with detachable parts and fluids spilling to the track surface combined with some sort of live track and dirt, i bet yellows will be needed for safety reasons too.

can’t wait for all that to start happening. 🙂

Alexandre Martini
August 12th, 2010 at 6:01 pm

“…I may be a slightly biased but, in my opinion, of all the sports out there racing is the best-suited for the transition to a simulation…”
Sorry but you are wrong, chess is too much better for that.

Luis Babboni
August 14th, 2010 at 2:18 am

proud to be in the top-10 🙂

Sebastian Schmalenbach
August 14th, 2010 at 7:34 am

Chess does little to influence blood pressure and heartrates… I have actually tested personally the effects during sim-racing… pulse , pressure , rate, respiration, all increase and decrease during sim-racing.. I would like to see brain waves.. I personally Road Race Karts (VIR, MID-Ohio, Daytona) , and the things I think the game is missing most are… smell of the track… fuels, oils, burning rubber, and BARBECUE.. all conglomerated for your sniffin pleasure… I wonder if you could make scented candles ?

Manfred Dulle
August 29th, 2010 at 10:03 pm

I’m trying to get into iRacing, when I buy it can I go and race in any series or will I be limited to just one for awhile? (Please Respond!!!!)

Dave
August 30th, 2010 at 3:07 pm

Yep, I used to race Road Race Karts too! I find that simulator racing is missing: The mad rush to prepare the kart, clearing the schedule, finding babysitters because wife still has to work, the late, tiring evening loading the trailer for the early morning start, the frustrating long drive and the bleary eyes and cheap coffee, finding a pit space, dealing with annoying scrutineers who are related by marriage to the guy who wants to beat you….

….and so on….

I’d gladly sacrifice some of the realism if I can avoid all of that. Obviously I’m not as much of an enthusiast as I used to be, perhaps a little older and more easily exhausted. So, to that end, sim racing is better! You can always throw on a BBQ or Pizza outside the sim rig cave :).

Patrick of Oz
August 31st, 2010 at 1:18 am

Hi Dave

No you can’t go into any Official Series, it is a ladder system and you work your way up based on being a relatively clean driver in terms of accidents. We do that to mirror the real world as a way to keep the races cleaner. In the real world you would not purposely smash folks for the most part because it could hurt you physically and financially. Our safety rating system is aimed at having the smae impact. Anyway, you start with two series that you can race right away and work you way up from there. The feeling of accomplishment is also fun as you work your way up. We also have special events and fun racing every weekend that is open to everyone. Plus you can join private leagues or hosted race sessions that are also open to anyone and require no special license or anything.

Tony Gardner
August 31st, 2010 at 11:18 am

Is there a Mac version available? Will there ever be one?

Glenn Austin
September 4th, 2010 at 5:27 pm

hi tony , i used to race in the CCCRL league untill about 5 years ago. looking forward to joining iracing and starting over.

jim larner
September 8th, 2010 at 1:08 pm

Hi Tony

Thanks for the update, it’s nice to get some of the little details that you get with your overviews. Sometimes it gets a little technical and you have to strain to follow…..thanks for taking some of the techi talk out! lol nice job

J. Paul
September 18th, 2010 at 5:19 am

No Mac version currently but can run iRacing on a Mac if Windows operating system is working.

Hope you join Jim- lot of fun!

Good to hear J. Paul Will try to keep the overviews coming from the staff.

Tony Gardner
September 20th, 2010 at 7:17 am

you should put some dirt late model racing to iracing like the world of outlaws series

Travis Hopkins
December 23rd, 2010 at 7:48 pm

I agree Travis, dirt cars for iRacing would be insane. I would buy everything dirt for it.

Joe Long
December 29th, 2010 at 5:26 pm

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