iRacing.com Is Home To Five NASCAR Series

screenhunter_07-jan-20-1636A vision that Bill France Jr. articulated more than fifteen years ago will become reality this season with the formation of the NASCAR iRacing.com Series, an official NASCAR racing series.

On February 9th online racing competition commences with the first event of the inaugural 18-race, 39-week NASCAR iRacing Drivers World Championship. This series will feature the 50 top-rated drivers currently racing in iRacing’s Pro Series and will include NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., who recently clinched entry into this elite series.

Selected races from the series will be carried over the internet on iRacing.com. Weekly iRacing news coverage and standings will be featured on NASCAR.com and inRacingNews.com.

NASCAR and iRacing have worked together since the announcement of the partnership in 2009 to refine the structure of the series, establish a “sporting code” or rule book, as well as develop an identity for the series.

NASCAR CEO/Chairman Brian France announces the NASCAR iRacing Series.

NASCAR CEO/Chairman Brian France announces the NASCAR iRacing Series.

While entry for the NASCAR iRacing Drivers World Championship is limited to the top 50 drivers, iRacing will also host five NASCAR amateur series open to all NASCAR fans through membership in the iRacing.com online service.

Just below the World Championship series, the 2010 NASCAR iRacing Pro Series is reserved for the 250 top-ranked oval-track iRacing drivers and commences in May to determine eligibility to participate in the 2011 NASCAR iRacing Drivers World Championship.

“Bill France Jr. was ahead of his time when he initially had the vision of an online racing series. Thanks to evolving technology NASCAR fans can virtually compete at their favorite track and have their chance to end up in a victory lane,” said NASCAR Senior Vice President Paul Brooks.

The NASCAR iRacing Driver World Championship will feature the top-50 iRacing oval drivers.

The NASCAR iRacing Driver World Championship will feature the top-50 iRacing oval drivers.

Tony Gardner, iRacing’s president, explained that iRacing’s staff has been busy fine-tuning the infrastructure and creating the organization that supports the vision of NASCAR online racing.

“We’ve created our online racing service for racers and fans,” Gardner said. “We’ve done the hard work to make it simple and easy for NASCAR fans to join iRacing and get behind the wheel. You don’t have to be a computer engineer to do this. PC owners with a broadband connection only need to purchase an inexpensive wheel-and-pedal set from their local consumer electronics store or online. In an hour, they can be racing. It’s that simple. Everything an aspiring racer needs to know to get started is on our Web site, at www.iracing.com.”

The opportunity for NASCAR fans to have extremely affordable but highly meaningful racing careers of their own will become a reality with the launch of these NASCAR-sanctioned amateur online racing series organized and hosted by iRacing.com.

Featuring four 12-week seasons each calendar year, these series feature modifieds, late models, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series trucks, NASCAR Nationwide and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars and mirror the skill ladder that NASCAR athletes typically follow, beginning with short-track racing and proceeding through virtual versions of the three premier real-world NASCAR series.

     The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series: one of five NASCAR-sanctioned amateur online racing series organized and hosted by iRacing.com.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series: one of five NASCAR-sanctioned amateur online racing series organized and hosted by iRacing.com.

While iRacing competition licenses to participate in organized races are issued in progressive skill levels, all members are permitted to practice with any car on any track. In conjunction with the Daytona 500, the spring NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Talladega race and the NASCAR season-ending Championship Weekend at Homestead- Miami Speedway, as part of its 2010 World Tour, iRacing will organize races that are open to any member of the service, regardless of license level.

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The Nascar series sounds great looking forward to racing in it. The Nascar iRacing logo looks great hope to see the logo on cars and tracks. Keep up the great work. Thanks Mike

Mike Arn
January 21st, 2010 at 9:36 pm

I want to see these events on speed channel. I also would like to see some of the retired veteran drivers compete in iRacing. That would be a blast to watch.

Jeff
January 22nd, 2010 at 9:45 am

I agree with Jeff. SPEED should get something going with iRacing. Something like the Race of Champions but playing in race simulators. Retired racers against the top iRacers. This really is turning out to be the future of racing. Good luck in 2010!

David Minnesota
January 22nd, 2010 at 7:55 pm

That’s along the lines of what I was thinking David. Imagine how entertaining it would be to pit some of the worlds best former and present race car drivers together in some sort of an iroc type series or even just a one time charity race. Some of the past greats that have retired for one reason or another, that may still have quite a bit of their race skills but just can no longer compete in a real race car. I would love to see some of the past greats compete with some of today’s best drivers.

I think a few keys to making it work in a TV format would be to make sure it’s done in H.D. picture quality and that it have some more recognizable names to start out with. I would think there are all kinds of advertising potential here also.

Jeff
January 23rd, 2010 at 9:17 pm

I’ve been looking forward to regular streaming of iRacing races since 2008. Hope it’s going to happen!

Andy Kirschetorte
January 27th, 2010 at 4:19 am

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