Skip Barber Formula iRacing Series Race Preview: Road Atlanta
February 9th, 2023 by Chris Leone
The second event of the 2023 Skip Barber Formula iRacing Series takes top open-wheel sim racers to Road Atlanta. Coverage kicks off tonight at 8PM ET across iRacing social media channels.
About the Series: The Skip Barber Formula iRacing Series is where future stars of real-world motorsport prove themselves in the virtual one. Using the iRacing Formula iR-04, drivers take part in an open qualifier each week, and the top racers are selected to compete on Thursday nights. Drivers can earn Skip Barber Racing School credits and courses each week, and the top three drivers earn a five-day Competition Licensing Race School at SBRS to compete in the real-world Skip Barber Formula Race Series—with a full season at stake for the champion.
Last Race: Returning veteran Harley Haughton took the lead from Michael Janney on Lap 5 of the first race in the season-opening round at Lime Rock Park, leading the rest of the way to take the checkered flag over 2022 Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup champion Diogo Pinto and Sebastian Wheldon, son of open-wheel racing legend Dan Wheldon. That same podium held in the second race, but with Wheldon on top; he made the winning move on Haughton, who had led most of the race from the pole, with two laps to go.
Track Facts: Now best known as the home of the Petit Le Mans, which debuted in 1998, Road Atlanta has been hosting top-tier road racing in the United States since 1970. The 2.540-mile, 12-turn course challenges racers with a heavy braking first turn before going into the Esses, a tricky chicane at the end of its longest straightaway, and a downhill right-hander into an off-camber run across the finish line.
Next Up: The Skip Barber Formula iRacing Series season continues next Thursday at Circuit of the Americas. Registration is available to take part in next week’s event through today, and qualifying takes place from Friday through Sunday. To sign up to compete, click here.
For more information on the Skip Barber Racing School, visit www.skipbarber.com. For more information on iRacing and for special offers, visit www.iracing.com.