iRacing.com has announced plans to increase the size of the race fields across the breadth of its online race simulation service. The revisions within the service are part of a long-term plan to make race registration and scheduling simpler and more convenient for members which will increase the size of race fields and the service overall.

laguna1First, a revised minimum official race field requirement will take effect at the start of the next race week on Tuesday, September 15.  There is no change in the minimum requirements for Rookie or Pro licenses.  A minimum of six drivers must register for rookie events in order for those races to be considered “official,” while twelve drivers will still be required to register for professional level iRacing events.  All races at license class levels D, C, B, and A now require only eight registered drivers in order to be deemed official. The maximum number of competitors per race remains the same at all levels except D which is now a maximum field of sixteen.

“The new minimum race field requirements are designed to help foster more official races to take place on schedule,” said Tony Gardner, President of iRacing.com.  “In the past, there’s been a tendency for members to put-off registering for a given race until that race has attracted the minimum number of registrants.  This ‘which comes first the chicken or the egg’ situation sometimes resulted in an unacceptable delays to get the required number of drivers registered.  The new minimums being put in place at the start of the next race week are designed to reduce that issue.”

The iRacing.com competition committee developed the simplified system in response to concerns raised by the iRacing.com members.

“In most cases people join a race once they see it will be official,” said competition committee member Dale Earnhardt, Jr.  “In the past when a B class event was trying to fill, it would sometimes take forever to get the required amount of drivers. But once people saw the race would be official, the amount of registered drivers would jump by 4 to 8 people per race.

pir1“The competition committee is aiming to create more official races which will draw the same field size, if not larger, in many cases.  Once people see these races going off with more ease, they will join earlier and more often and also be more alert to the sometimes complicated timing of the schedule.”

Gardner went on to say that additional functionality which is under construction in the service will make scheduling races much easier for members.  “The design phase has been completed and construction has begun on functionality that will allow members to view an extended race schedule and indicate to other members through a reservation system that they plan to participate in an upcoming event.  Members will know days in advance that other drivers plan to participate in an event and can plan accordingly” he said.  “The combination of changing the minimums, adding race reservation functionality, and giving members the ability to view race participation schedules days in advance should help immensely in creating larger fields for races.”

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Great news, now I can run more race that count!!! Thanks Guys!

Mike Perry
September 11th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

This is a great move! The longer pre-race registration period really should help numbers in races.

Scott B. Husted
September 11th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

i think this is a good idea for Iracing. i would also like to suggest more times for the less run series such as the Radical and the Silver Crown. Both of these series offer great racing but the schedule is so limited that racers are staying away. I’m farly new to Iracing, so maybe things have happened in the past to cause a reduction in schedule, but since i’m paying a monthly fee, i feel that the schedule for all series should be plentiful for all members.
Maybe trying more times on weekends would be a good start, this would allow more international racers to join in.
thanks

john williams
September 11th, 2009 at 5:00 pm

Excellent news.

I think these changes will be as instrumental to encouraging more racing as open practice was.

Sam Hazim
September 11th, 2009 at 5:26 pm

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September 11th, 2009 at 6:23 pm

Fantastic!

I love how iRacing is so willing to continue to evolve to improve the service based on member feedback. Bravo!

Paul Kelly
September 11th, 2009 at 6:45 pm

Awesome news.
I always aimed and hoped for this.
Good work guys
Bring up the fatnastic workservice!

MaxD
September 11th, 2009 at 7:09 pm

Great. I really appreciate how responsive iRacing is to member input.

Joel Martin
September 11th, 2009 at 7:13 pm

Allowing race registering a week/days in advance and lowering the minimum requirements for official races is a monster improvement.

I’m so impressed with iRacing’s ability to keep listening to the community and making positive changes. Great stuff!!!! +1,000

Lincoln Miner
September 11th, 2009 at 7:31 pm

I don’t know about reducing the field size minimums for C, B, and A, but it is good that they are trying new things to see how it will work. The race scheduling feature is awesomes, though.

JA28
September 11th, 2009 at 7:31 pm

Why are we reducing the truck fields from 20 to 16?

Chris
September 11th, 2009 at 8:10 pm

One benefit of smaller truck fields might be that there will be more splits. This obviously will result in more of a chance of racing with drivers of your own capabilities.

Grinch
September 11th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

Actually, the trucks will stay the same, the max field size won’t change for C,B or A, just the minimum…

Grinch
September 11th, 2009 at 8:22 pm

Nice change! I have some doubt about the minimum field size to make a race official, but it may works: looking forward to see if it’s true!

Fabrizio Cuttin
September 11th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

Considering ALOT of C and B races get stuck with 8 or 9 drivers (and thus not go official) in my timezone, this makes makes me very happy 🙂

David Beattie
September 11th, 2009 at 10:23 pm

Great News !!!

Hopefully will be running Class A and B races more than once week with this new concept. Really been a disapointment to register for races and just miss having it be official for most of the week. Looking forward to some great racing again.

Tom Cabral
September 11th, 2009 at 11:55 pm

excellent!

Dave
September 12th, 2009 at 1:47 am

Awesome! That’s a step in the right direction. However, I’ll still need to register each week. Why don’t you just allow us to enter our schedule? I want to race the DP on Sunday at 19:30GMT/3:30PM EST/12:30 PST. I know a lot of other drivers that also want to race at that time all over the world. If we could just enter our schedule into the service and view the total # of drivers registered for that schedule then we could see if it matches with other drivers so that we would have a better idea of which schedules would be the best bet for an official race.

Steve Wood
September 12th, 2009 at 2:19 am

Excellent work iRacing.

This calendar/schedule functionality is exactly as I and others had submitted in suggestions via feedback channel, so it is clearly evident that iRacing are following through on their promise of providing a premium service to their customer base.

This makes the expensive fees worth every dollar – to know that we can influence the shape of the future of the sport and community.

This level of ongoing development is truly world class.

iRacing is going to be out of this world in 5 years time at this rate…

Ben Styles
September 12th, 2009 at 9:44 am

If it cost less than a $1000 to race a computer game you would have more participants in the races.

iRacer
September 12th, 2009 at 5:23 pm

iRacer, It doesn’t cost $1,000. You’re mis-informed.

Lincoln Miner
September 12th, 2009 at 7:19 pm

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