Nearly 1400 sim racers took part in the 6th Annual iRacing Indy 500.

The Sixth iRacing Indianapolis 500 is in the record books, and oh what records!  With four time slots over the weekend of May 29-31 the Greatest Spectacle in Online Racing saw nearly 1400 iRacers take part in 62 splits featuring between 31 and 33 drivers.  With some sim racers competing in two, three and even all four of the time slots, a total of 1983 digital Dallara DW12s took the green flag at The Brickyard last weekend. All told, iRacers completed 209,414 laps for a total of 523,535 miles with Martin Miller2 posting the fastest race lap of 39.8741s for an average speed of 225.71 mph. (By comparison, Charlie Kimball set the fastest race lap of the “real” Indianapolis 500 at 39.6979s at a speed of 226.712 mph.)

Of those who went the distance, Andre Castro came out on top of the highest rated split (4261 SoF), starting P14 and leading 87 laps to beat Ricky Hardin and Dillon Raffurty on Saturday to earn 273 championship points.  That’s just six more points than Derek M Murray collected for his win in the same time slot when he led 79 laps in driving from 20th on the grid to best Blade Whitt and Brendan Burcroff in a 4153 SoF race.

Ronny Granzow (aka “Schniep”) celebrates his iRacing Indy 500 win in time-honored fashion.

Other noteworthy winners?   How about professional V8 Supercar standouts Shane Van Gisbergen and Scott T McLaughlin, the latter of whom took a pair of wins from three starts.  Speaking of pros, Allen Boes — winner of this season’s NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series race at Pocono – showed he can get the job done sans-fenders by taking a win on Friday.

Nor was McLaughlin the only multiple winner.  Rashad Craig won both his starts while Robert Clements2 matched McLaughlin’s record by taking two wins in three tries and Pierre Dagle batted .500 (appropriately enough) in winning twice in four races.

Other sim racers to taste the milk of victory included Nigel Marneef, Cam Stark, Jonathan Smith8, Trevor Malone3, Nicolas Parenti, Austin Espitee, Braden Cohen, Ryan Lowe, Corey Davis, Daniel Craft, Tyler Tucker, Naoya Nagai, Zachary Trull, Ryker Anderson, Nicolas Halle, Plinio Ferreira, Nicholas Kronenberg, Andrew Hess, Chuck Chambliss, Fabian Kloth, Michael Gonzales, Brad Prochnow, Brent Pesel, James A Owen, J.J. Tubb, Philip Couturier, Stefan Schlacher, Joe Hassert, Chris Poole, Davy Wittebols, Giorgio Ponti, TJ Massick, Kevin Pape, Hugo Ramos III, Chad Doerr, Mark Ussher, Alex Boffoli, Vincent Brehm, Jurian Groenen, Craig M Hopkins, Adam Fostekew, Christopher DeHarde, Johne Martin, Neil Archbold, Alejandro Poblete, Benjamin Gregory, Ronny Granzow, Simon Herring, Mrs S P Ledger and Cody Voigt.

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No offense David, but you kind of insulted the actual winners of the race by mentioning Andre Castro. He won the no qualifying split which the REAL drivers do not count as a win.

Brandon Trost
June 2nd, 2015 at 10:21 pm

Trost is right top split winners should have more coverage than the top SoFs, even I could win that 😛

Niall McBride
June 3rd, 2015 at 10:56 pm

Great read David:) like my name mentioned 🙂 and i have to agree with Trost but all in all Great read

Austin Espitee
June 3rd, 2015 at 10:57 pm

Shutup trost

Matt Kingsbury
June 3rd, 2015 at 5:52 pm

Seriously, did you really need to even post such a rude comment?

Ray Kingsbury
June 3rd, 2015 at 5:58 pm

Yes Ray, I did feel it necessary. I feel those who won top split races (Nigel, Scott, Cam, and whichever driver won Sunday morning) should be congratulated over the driver who did not qualify into the top split, but chose to take the easier race.

Brandon Trost
June 3rd, 2015 at 7:42 pm

Dandy race!

Mike Barwacker
June 3rd, 2015 at 7:00 pm

As a winner of both the Top SoF in 2013, and the Top Split in 2014, I’m inclined to agree with Brandon. With a good set, Top SoF is a boring, walk in the park against the non-qualified, high Irated drivers, not really worthy of praise. Top Split on the other hand, even with the best set available, is a nail-biting, stomach turning event just to be a part of…and winning one is the single biggest event of a serious Indycar racers simlife

Jonathan Goke
June 3rd, 2015 at 11:04 pm

It seems some of you don’t understand e-mailing the author could’ve been a better solution rather than just bashing them in the comments section…

Ray Kingsbury
June 4th, 2015 at 6:53 pm

Thank you for Indy500 Event, it gave me a lot of fun and I’ll never forget it.

Ronny Granzow
June 4th, 2015 at 8:29 pm

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