April 4th, 2016 by David Phillips
iRacing.com and Eldora Speedway today announced plans to add the legendary half mile clay oval to the popular online motorsport simulation service’s catalogue of race tracks. The world’s leading centralized racing game platform, iRacing revealed on April 1 that it plans to add dirt race tracks and racing cars to its online motorsports simulation service.
Click here for a video of iRacing’s dirt track announcement.
Founded in 1954 in Rossburg, Ohio by the late Earl Baltes, Eldora Speedway is home of The Biggest Dirt Races In The World™ — including the World 100®, Kings Royal®, Dirt Late Model Dream®, and the Four Crown Nationals®. Three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart purchased Eldora in 2004 and has continued Baltes’ legacy with continual facility improvements, significant purse increases and the addition of a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event, the only NASCAR National Series race held on dirt.
“We’re ecstatic to partner with iRacing in bringing dirt track racing to sim racers around the world,” said speedway Promoter and General Manager Roger Slack. “Eldora has a history of firsts that have produced the biggest and best events in dirt track racing, so it’s fitting that the World’s Greatest Dirt Track® will be available on the world’s greatest sim racing service.”
“It’s fitting that the World’s Greatest Dirt Track® will be available on the world’s greatest sim racing service.” – Roger Slack
“We’re really thrilled to be adding the world’s premier dirt track to our service,” said Tony Gardner, President of iRacing.com. “Last week’s announcement that we’re bringing dirt track racing to iRacing generated a tremendous amount of interest throughout the motorsports community, and we’re honored that we’ll be able to offer our members the opportunity to race at Eldora.”
Among the iRacers delighted to hear Eldora will be coming to iRacing is NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Kyle Larson.
“This is great news,” said Larson, who swept all three USAC divisions at the Four Crown Nationals at Eldora in 2011. “iRacing adding dirt racing, and Eldora Speedway, is really exciting. I’ve had some fantastic races at the Big E and can’t wait to go there virtually. As a long-time member of iRacing, I’ve offered my help as they develop dirt, so I am looking forward to contributing to the project.”
“iRacing adding dirt racing, and Eldora Speedway, is really exciting.” – Kyle Larson
iRacing.com goes to extra-ordinary lengths to simulate real racing for its enthusiastic customer base across a wide range of motorsport from stock cars, sports cars and touring cars to open wheel racing, sedan racing and showroom stock racing. iRacing is home to hundreds of private leagues as well as dozens of official series, many run in partnership with the world’s foremost professional racing organizations including NASCAR, INDYCAR, IMSA, SRO Blancpain and the V8 Supercar series.
iRacing.com, which has had over 200,000 members join since 2008, is available 24/7 to join or race. After completing a user-friendly enrollment process on their personal computers, iRacers in more than 150 countries compete against one another from their homes using an inexpensive gaming racing wheel/pedal set connected to their PCs.
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The company was founded in 2004 by Dave Kaemmer and John Henry and subsequently released iRacing.com in August 2008. Kaemmer was co-founder of Papyrus Design Group, developers of award-winning racing simulations including “Grand Prix Legends” and NASCAR 2003.” Henry is principal owner of the Boston Red Sox and Liverpool Football Club, as well as co-owner of NASCAR’s Roush Fenway Racing. iRacing.com has developed dozens of formal partnerships in the motorsport industry to help create the most authentic racing simulation in the world including with NASCAR, IndyCar, International Speedway Corporation, Speedway Motorsports, the SRO Motorsports Group, Mazda Motorsports, McLaren Racing, Williams F1, Audi, BMW, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, the Skip Barber Racing School and General Motors.
About Eldora Speedway
Since carved from a cornfield in the natural amphitheater that existed between the Eldora Ballroom and the Wabash River by bandleader Earl Baltes in 1954, Eldora Speedway has grown to be a frontrunner in motorsports growth and stability. Baltes chose to sell the legendary high-banked clay oval to motorsports entrepreneur and NASCAR, IndyCar and USAC champion Tony Stewart in 2004. Celebrating its 63nd season in 2016, Eldora hosts the biggest events in short-track racing including the 22nd annual Dirt Late Model Dream by Ferris Mowers; the 33rd annual Kings Royal Weekend; the fourth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on dirt; and the 46th annual World 100. The complete schedule for Eldora’s 63rd consecutive season, including ticket and campsite information, is available at www.EldoraSpeedway.com and can be requested by phone at (937) 338-3815. Fans can get behind-the-scenes access of Eldora Speedway by following @EldoraSpeedway on Twitter, hitting ‘Like’ at www.facebook.com/EldoraSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/EldoraSpeedwayInc.