iRacing.com held its first open house on Friday, October 15 and, if the enthusiasm and good times generated by the event are any indication, it won’t be the last time the Bedford, MA-based online racing service opens its doors to its membership.  The event attracted more than fifty members and, while most of the attendees hailed from in and around the Northeast, several members made longer treks to the home of iRacing. John Paul Jones and Gregory Miles flew-in from Florida; ditto Arizona’s Matt Rogers.  But the “longest tow” award went to Jeroen van de Sande, who came from his home in The Netherlands to attend the open house . . . and take-in some short track racing at Thompson Speedway over the weekend!

The winners of the first iRacing Open House raffle.

The winners of the first iRacing Open House raffle.

The program included guided tours of the iRacing office, along with informal presentations by chief executive/technical officer Dave Kaemmer, vice president of art and production Greg Hill and vehicle dynamics engineer Ian Berwick,  not to mention a multi-million calorie “continental” breakfast and a similarly nutritious lunch that temporarily depleted the Northeast’s stock of pizzas.

Dave Kaemmer shares some thoughts on iRacing's new tire model.

Dave Kaemmer offers some insights on iRacing's new tire model.

The event was highlighted by a raffle drawing for a cornucopia of highly coveted iRacing gear including banners, hats and jackets, as well as copies of Ray Bryden’s iRacing Paddock: Beginner’s Guide to Road Racing on iRacing.com, a Danica Patrick bobble head figure, a diecast model of the iRacing.com Toyota-Camry autographed by Marcos Ambrose and a Logitech G27 steering wheel.

Attendees also had the opportunity to try some of the new features on tap for the 2010 Season 4 build including the new Mazda Miata MX-5 and Roadster and the Williams-Toyota FW31.  Another of the day’s highlights took the form of a 20 lap race in the Williams-Toyota at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.  Charles Stout drove his Williams-Toyota FW31 to victory, putting his name in the record books alongside of Giuseppe Farina, who won the first modern Formula One World Championship race at Silverstone more than sixty years ago.  Where we’ll all be sixty years from now remains to be seen, but one thing is far more certain: it won’t be sixty years until the next iRacing open house.

What could be better than driving the AT&T Williams for the first time in front of an audience?

What could be better than driving the AT&T Williams for the first time before a live audience?

“The enthusiasm of our membership never ceases to amaze me,” said iRacing president Tony Gardner.  “It shouldn’t, given that I speak with many of them by phone, chat with them on the forums and meet them all the time at trade shows and other events.  Today’s open house is another indication of the passion our members have for iRacing.  Just as I hope they got a big boost from today’s event, I know I speak for everyone at iRacing when I say we feel energized after spending the day with some of our strongest supporters.”

Thanks to all who attended and to those who couldn’t make it, we look forward to seeing you at the iRacing Open House II.

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Very cool! Wish I could have attended but I plan to be at the next one! Glad everyone enjoyed the event.

Tim Doyle
October 18th, 2010 at 5:58 pm

Wish I could have been there… my one mid term on friday was re-scheduled.

Chris Cunningham
October 18th, 2010 at 6:26 pm

Hoping to beat Jeroen’s record at the next one.

Sandeep Banerjee
October 18th, 2010 at 6:56 pm

I had a blast… Too bad I had to leave at 1:30 for the sake of travel plans.

First time in the area in my life, great people all around in Massachussetts – ‘specially at the iRacing.com HQ! Dave Kaemmer sure is one amazing dude… Every staff member was amazing. 🙂

I must say, Sean did a great job it was worth the trip and I wouldn’t bat an eye at doing it again!

Matthew Rogers
October 18th, 2010 at 11:46 pm

Great day all around! The Williams was fun to drive, took a few laps to get used to its power but once I got the hang of it I was able to push it deeper into the turns. I also purchased Ray’s book (autographed by the man himself) and have enjoyed tremendously. In fact I have been racing in leagues on the NR2003 program for the past 4 years as well as driving here at iRacing since May. Friday after the Open House I decided to run iRacing full-time starting in 2011 but as of today, I decided to make the jump full-time immediately.

Thank you guys and girls! You have an awesome product that gets better each and every day. And the best part is, you guys don’t rest on your laurels, you’re constantly trying to improve the overall experience. Great job!!!

Rick Underwood
October 19th, 2010 at 2:38 am

I have always given the iRacing crew a lot of atta-boys over the last few years for their ambition and drive to create the best possible racing sim, but it took this open house visit to clearly see that iRacing is here to stay and I will be a loyal customer for many years to come. What I saw was a group of low keyed very professional staff that is working very hard day in and day out to provide this one of a kind racing experience that we all use to keep score every day.

Additionally, an unexpected bonus was creating the friends along the way.

Many thanks to all the staff for being so open and treating all of us like we are were not only customers but part of the iRacing.

Thanks to everyone, for making this a great trip, well worth the time.

Regards,

J. Paul

ps. Sean Cole you need to make sure you give Jessica my message…lol

J. Paul Jones
October 19th, 2010 at 4:33 pm

What a fantastic event. Wish I could have been there too but a really great effort by those that attended and especially the iRacing crew to feed us mortals with information on tyre model, F1 cars, Mazda MX5’s and other stuff too… brilliant!

Andy Kirschetorte
October 20th, 2010 at 3:02 am

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