Series of 14 Virtual Events to Track Real-World Counterparts

Starting next month members of iRacing.com will able to participate in the iRacing World Tour, a series of same-weekend virtual versions of more than a dozen of the world’s top motorsport events.  Beginning in January with the Grand-Am Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway’s road course, and then continuing with the Daytona 500 in February, the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring in March, and including the Indy 500 and British Grand Prix at Silverstone, iRacers will have the opportunity to compete in a total of 14 events ranging from American short-track classics to Formula One and Australian V8 Supercars.  The series concludes in November with the running of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series finale at Miami-Homestead Speedway.

From the start it has been the plan for iRacing.com to duplicate the real world of global motorsport in the virtual space,” said Tony Gardner, president of iRacing.com.

“The more than 15,000 subscribers who’ve signed up over the past year range from veteran simracers to gamers looking for more challenging driving games to amateur and professional racing drivers aiming to hone their real-world skills.  What they all have in common is a love of driving race cars and for the sport of auto racing overall.  They tend to follow the major global series, so we’re providing all of our members, regardless of their iRacing license level, with the opportunity to race appropriate cars at the same venue on the same weekend as these marquee events.”

iRacing's Special Events Calendar kicks-off with the 2010 Rolex Series opener at Daytona International Speedway.

iRacing's Special Events Calendar kicks-off with the 2010 Rolex Series opener at Daytona International Speedway.

While iRacing’s virtual events will run on millimeter-accurate versions of the same track as the real world races, the iRacing events are scheduled so as not to preclude members watching the real-world event on television.  In the case of endurance sports car races, the virtual events bow to the reality of real-world schedules by condensing races to a few hours duration.

Don’t look for 5,000 iRacers to be running side-by-side and nose-to-tail around Daytona International Speedway; the iRacing service is capable of scheduling as many iterations of a given race as necessary to accommodate every member who signs up, and then assigning the entrants to each iteration according to their experience and skill level.

iRacing will host the virtual Indianapolis 500 in May.

iRacing will host the virtual Indianapolis 500 in May.

At the most popular events, we could have as many as a couple hundred races running simultaneously,” said Steve Myers, iRacing’s executive producer.  “And each race will be hard-fought because the racers will all be of similar skill level.  We think it will be neat for our members to have the chance to race in their own Daytona 500, Indy 500 or British Grand Prix the same day as the real-world race.  It’s fun and it’s a way to get closer to that event.”

Myers noted that appropriate cars from iRacing’s vehicle inventory will be used at each event.  “We’ll have the Chevy Impala SS for the Daytona 500, the Dallara IC 09 for the Indy 500, the Riley Mk XX for the Rolex 24, and the Corvette C6.R for the Mobil 12-Hours of Sebring.  Our drivers will be competing not just on an absolutely exact duplicate of the track, but in cars that are painstakingly and accurately engineered to perform exactly like their real-world counterparts.  You can’t get closer without actually racing the real car on the real track.”

Myers noted that for the British Grand Prix the car currently scheduled for use is Mario Andretti’s 1978 Formula One World Championship-winning Lotus 79, “unless of course a contemporary Formula One car shows up in our inventory before then.”

2010 iRacing Special Events schedule:

January 30 – Grand Am – Rolex 24 – Daytona International Speedway road course
February 13 – NASCAR – Daytona 500 – Daytona International Speedway
March 20 – ALMS – Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring –Sebring International Raceway
April 25 – NASCAR – Aaron’s 499 – Talladega Superspeedway
May 29 – IRL – Indy 500 – Indianapolis Motor Speedway
June 5 – Grand Am – Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen – Watkins Glen International
June 12 – SK Modified – Coors Light Modified 100 – Stafford Motor Speedway
July 10 – Formula One – British Grand Prix – Silverstone
July 24 – NASCAR – Brickyard 400 – Indianapolis Motor Speedway
August 21 – NASCAR –Sharpie 500 – Bristol Motor Speedway
September 11 – V8 Supercars –L&H 500 – Phillip Island
October 2 – ALMS – Petit Le Mans – Road Atlanta
October 16 – Late Model – Whelen Late Model 300 – South Boston Speedway
November 20 – NASCAR – Ford 400 – Miami-Homestead Speedway

Schedule as of 12/21/2009.  Specific details to be posted on iRacing.com member site.

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40 Comments

…. I hope it’s a typo, but iRacing does know that the Bailey’s 300 (or whatever they’re calling it in 2010) is run at Martinsville Speedway, NOT Sobo, correct? Sobo has a big year-end event, but it’s NOWHERE near the prestige of Martinsville (or even Myrtle Beach).

Tony Stevens
December 21st, 2009 at 7:06 pm

Thats a pretty cool series of events for next year. Very exciting.

Ryan Cornes
December 21st, 2009 at 7:09 pm

sobo would be 10 times better racing anyway

Keith Mac
December 21st, 2009 at 7:12 pm

Are these races for everyone or just Pro level or…?

Bob
December 21st, 2009 at 7:17 pm

Bob – everyone.

Tim Wheatley
December 21st, 2009 at 7:45 pm

Great move by iRacing, should be really exciting! Please put a $20 gift certificate for the winner of every split and we’re golden.

Sam Hazim
December 21st, 2009 at 8:15 pm

Now will there be a chance for free trials during these weekends? I live up in Western New York near Watkins Glen and will be attending the 6-hour event there. I’d love to see some sweet deals on it, as well as a free trial so i could potentially sign up.

J. Canute
December 21st, 2009 at 8:15 pm

I’m not sure I quite understand what makes this any different from the rest of the entire service. We just did Bristol with the Impala last week so what is going to distinguish these events from the rest? Hopefully there’s at least one iteration that everyone tries to qualify for and broadcast it so there’s at least one iteration that is “special” by definition.

Bryan
December 21st, 2009 at 8:16 pm

I like it! It will cost me my kidneys, but i must race in V8’s! 😀

Kid
December 21st, 2009 at 8:43 pm

“unless of course a contemporary Formula One car shows up in our inventory before then.”

Hahaha way to tease the audience guys, nice one. Really looking forward to the ALMS and V8 Supercar events, should be awesome. Any indication of the race lengths? Surely they need to be longer than the standard 30-40 laps?

Derrin Drew
December 21st, 2009 at 8:55 pm

Sebring 12 hours.. so we’ll have the ability to make driver changes by then?

Sandeep Banerjee
December 21st, 2009 at 9:09 pm

“unless of course a contemporary Formula One car shows up in our inventory before then.”

Sounds promising. Looks like talks to acquire a contemporary F1 car may have begun. 🙂 No promises, but that’s very interesting.

This sounds terrific. iRacing has so many plans, that many of us don’t realize. Remember the NASCAR Hall of Fame doesn’t even open until May 11th and thousands of vistors will try iRacing there every week. It just keeps getting better! 🙂

I know iRacing is planning for driver changes, so hopefully we’ll have that in place by the time some of the longer races happen. I don’t expect 24 hour races to be 24 hours even with driver changes, but certainly something longer than 1 hour. Maybe 4 to 6 hours. I’ve done 3 hour races by myself so a team of 2 to 4 drivers could handle something longer.

Lincoln Miner
December 21st, 2009 at 9:44 pm

Forgot to mention. Hope they add some prizes to make these races more special. Also, I wonder if grids will be based upon qualy times and not iRating. Qualy times would allow new guest aliens to get put in the correct grids. Otherwise signing up for iRacing to race these events would lump all the new guys together regardless of ability, because they wouldn’t have time to increase their iRating.

I’d like to see the grids based upon qualifying times. 🙂

Lincoln Miner
December 21st, 2009 at 9:46 pm

ok first question is will anyone in any class be able to race these events? like im a rookie so would i be able to run the daytona 500?

second we would have to buy the track/cars in order to race these events correct?

and third would it cost manything to sign up for this or as long as we are a paid member of iracing we can run???

please reply asap

stephen conway
December 21st, 2009 at 9:56 pm

@Stephen Conway,

ok first question is will anyone in any class be able to race these events?

Sounds like it, = so we’re providing all of our members, regardless of their iRacing license level.

like im a rookie so would i be able to run the daytona 500?second we would have to buy the track/cars in order to race these events correct?

Yes, you’d definitely need to own the car and track. Cars are currently $12 and the tracks are $12 to $15.

and third would it cost manything to sign up for this or as long as we are a paid member of iracing we can run???please reply asap

Probably not. It would probably be part of the existing membership.

I suppose we’ll get more details very soon in time for The Rolex 24 Hour Event.

Lincoln Miner
December 21st, 2009 at 11:08 pm

Kool Kool

This sounds awsome, F1 hey, well with the US team entering this year there is no guessing on what car they will be using for F1 if it does come.. V8’s @ PI for a 500km event sound OHHH so good but Bathurst in October would really be a killer 🙂

Adam Bampfield
December 21st, 2009 at 11:33 pm

I would love to attend these events just as soon as iracing sends me 10 bucks for signing up a friend.

Steven Almindo
December 22nd, 2009 at 2:29 am

FANTASTIC!!!!!

Can’t wait, everyone one of those events sounds magic!!!

Hope the Silverstone GP is the historic layout, cause that’s awesome for the 79’s.

V8’s, Indy, Daytona, GT’s, WOOHOO!!!!!!!

modern f1.. hello!!!!

🙂

awesome.

Dave M
December 22nd, 2009 at 6:47 am

This looks great!

I hope another IRL race can be squeezed into to the schedule somewhere, the Indy 500 wil be awesome.

Iain Mabbott
December 22nd, 2009 at 2:22 pm

Really looking foward to the ALMS and Grand-Am mixed class events! 🙂
Keep it up iRacing!

MM
December 22nd, 2009 at 6:27 pm

Nice set of events, but the V8 Supercar event should be the Bathurst 1000. Its the bigger race.

Simon Topham
December 22nd, 2009 at 6:48 pm

“unless of course a contemporary Formula One car shows up in our inventory before then.”

Nice, Steve… Tease us, why don’t you… LOL.

Looking forward to the series!!!

Julio C. Chacon, Jr.
December 23rd, 2009 at 4:03 am

Love the idea of mirrorin the real world races ,and it would be nice if iracing setup seperate practice servers for these events so that we can go in and practice with other cars on the track.

Todd Laribee
December 23rd, 2009 at 10:30 am

Man, I would love to run a full 500 at Indy. Unfortunately, I will be at the real thing (as always), so I guess I will never get to do the virtual 500. Maybe in the future you could run the virtual versions in the middle of the week instead of (or in addition to) race weekend?

Dan Ensch
December 23rd, 2009 at 2:52 pm

What an great idea. I would love to run the 24hrs. of Daytona but I will be gone then.
Is the Indy 500 going to be full length?

Larry Krupp
December 23rd, 2009 at 5:09 pm

This is what I have been waiting for. Racing on the track that the real guys are running on that particilar weekend. Maybe the 12 week schedules in the future could run in conjunction with the real guys as well..That would be really nice…

Tim Hamilton
December 23rd, 2009 at 9:49 pm

What about the Canadian F1 Grand-Prix in Montreal? Too far from Boston? 😉

peeH
December 24th, 2009 at 2:58 pm

Yea, im going to race the Whelen 300 at Sobo, way to research iRacing….

Yo..
December 24th, 2009 at 6:35 pm

Man if those Ausie v8 cars drive anything like in toca they will be a huge hit. They are a blast to drive and the racing is real tight. The only thing I disliked about the toca version was the use of the E-brake.

Hopefully they will get most of the series tracks someday also as they are great race tracks.

Jeff Wubker
December 25th, 2009 at 9:00 pm

How will the driver switches occur? I assume that team members can be located anywhere in the world and not necessarily in our homes???

Bob
December 28th, 2009 at 1:56 am

@Bob, Driver switches will likely happen in the pits, but they haven’t demoed the exact process, but should be pretty simple. And it won’t matter where you are in the world.

Lincoln Miner
December 29th, 2009 at 7:55 pm

I’m confused….

so will we be able to run the World Tour from our house, or do we have to travel to the track that the world tour is at????

Kyle
December 29th, 2009 at 11:42 pm

@Kyle, from your house using http://www.iracing.com software and a wheel and pedal set.

Lincoln Miner
December 30th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

That is an awesoem series, but why dont they add more racess since more people like it?

jared
December 30th, 2009 at 7:00 pm

I’would love to do the 24 hrs with driver changes, that would be awsome!

J Helie
January 7th, 2010 at 10:57 pm

Any updates on the 12 hour of Sebring event? Is this going to be a 12 hour race, or compressed to 10% distance, just like the Rolex 24 hour became a 2.4 hour race.

M Bott
March 1st, 2010 at 2:51 am

how come the aarons 499 is only letting rookie to class d to get in

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