November 12th, 2015 by KevinB
iRacing.com, the world’s foremost online motorsports simulation service, is increasingly becoming part of the fabric of mainstream motorsports around the world. Whether it’s televised coverage of sim races, professional drivers competing in sim races sanctioned by the world’s premier racing organizations or young sim racers transitioning to “real” racing, iRacing.com is no longer considered “just” a racing game by motorsports industry.
This past summer Motors TV began televised coverage of the British Sim Racing Touring Car championship to the British Isles and more than 20 countries across Europe every Wednesday. Broadcasts of the virtual KIA Optima-based series have attracted upwards of 25,000 viewers per show and generated advertising support from the likes of Liverpool Victoria, Postcode Lottery, Amigo Loans, Go Compare and BT. More recently, the 16th Street League – organized in partnership with the Verizon IndyCar Series and Racer magazine – has seen professional IndyCar drivers including 2014 champion Will Power and 2012 Rookie of the Year Simon Pagenaud competing head-to-head with amateur sim racers on digital versions of the tracks on the Verizon IndyCar schedule; similarly V8 Supercar stars like Shane Van Gisbergen, Scott McLaughlin and Matt Halliday often appear in the iRacing.com V8 Supercar Series, the official sim racing series of the V8 Supercar Series.
Elsewhere, emerging Formula One superstar Max Verstappen revealed in August that he has joined legendary Team Redline whose lead driver – Greger Huttu – recently captured his fifth iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series title and, in process, pushed his career earnings in the series over the $60,000 mark. Meanwhile, Kenny Humpe, 2015 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series champion, will be awarded more than $15,000 in cash and prizes – including a NASCAR championship ring — during the NASCAR season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway the weekend of November 20-22.
“It’s at once gratifying and exciting to see the motorsports community embracing iRacers and iRacing,” says Tony Gardner, President of iRacing.com. “It’s gratifying in that so many people have worked so hard to make the iRacing experience as authentic as possible; exciting in that I honestly believe the best days of sim racing are yet to come.”
But wait, there’s more . . . much more. The top rated iRacer of all time – Ty Majeski – captured his second consecutive ARCA Midwest Tour championship in his iRacing.com Super Modified Ford Fusion this past season while, for the second consecutive year, a pair of iRacers – Richard Eklund and Glenn McGee – have been selected as finalists in the Mazda Road to 24 Shootout. Two of the top finishers in the iRacing.com Mazda MX-5 Cup series, Eklund and McGee competed with drivers from a variety of grassroots racing fields November 9-10 to earn a scholarship to race in the 2016 Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup. The winner of the $100,000 racing scholarship will be announced on November 19.
See why Power, Van Gisbergen, Verstappen, Huttu, Humpe, Eklund, McGee and more than 60,000 other sim racers enjoy competing on the world’s most authentic online motorsports simulation service.