All News: Ray Bryden

Grassy Know

February 6th, 2010 by

We may argue for centuries about who killed JFK, but if there was someone suspicious on the grassy knoll, I  can guess he didn’t make his getaway in a car with lots of torque. Given my online racing experience with iRacing, he likely would have been another easy target for Jack Ruby since he’d be … Read the Rest »

Second Shift

January 16th, 2010 by

Alright, I wouldn’t go so far as to call this a retraction, but let’s call it a little clarification of the last article I wrote on the optimum shift RPMs for the Skip Barber car. Based on the calculations of horsepower and RPMs, I put together a prescribed set of shift RPMs for each gear … Read the Rest »

The Power of Skip Propels You

December 19th, 2009 by

Lately I have been running the engine so hard in the Skip Barber F2000 that it wails in such a way that I think I need to call Father Karras. In the past I was kind and gentle to the powertrain, but now I’ve learned that it needs to be pushed closer to the limit … Read the Rest »

Drag’n Slayer

December 5th, 2009 by

I was working on some acceleration tests at Indianapolis with various cars to determine their power curves and stumbled upon an interesting idea. I figured I could estimate the drag coefficient from the cars by capturing some telemetry data. I wanted to remove the aero drag and rolling resistance forces from the data in order … Read the Rest »


November 15th, 2009 by

In the past, when I configured my video each time I upgraded my system, I made sure to check-off the box for V-Sync under the graphics options because the resulting effect on the sim was quite smooth and produced the best moving image quality with little or no stutters or “artifacts”. So I have been … Read the Rest »

Type A Race Debrief

November 8th, 2009 by

I’m a Type B personality. I don’t over-plan my vacations, I don’t make lists, I let things happen. But I concede that there are advantages to the type A personality – not forgetting to pick up things at the grocery store, not scrambling to deal with a lack of available hotel rooms, etc., so I’ve … Read the Rest »

Who Has Pot to Cell?

October 24th, 2009 by

It’s time for an intervention. I read with interest many forum posts on pedals and how different brands, constructions, and components can yield a big gain in performance on track. Every such proclamation made me quite skeptical. My belief has always been that it’s the poor writer who blames his pen, and if ‘aliens’ were … Read the Rest »

Camera Editing Primer

October 17th, 2009 by

Editor’s note:  2009 Season Three saw the introduction of dramatically enhanced camera functions to the iRacing service.  “inRacingNews’” Tech Tip guru Ray Bryden was kind enough to put together the following camera editing primer: To Activate the Editor Hit <Ctrl> <F12> on the replay screen. This brings up the Camera Edit box.  You can edit … Read the Rest »

Fundamental Questions

October 9th, 2009 by

“Do you ever ask yourself fundamental questions?”  Years after taking a class with Dr Y,  one thing that sticks in my head is the memory of him posing that query in his distinctive Eastern European accent.  It’s a thought-provoking question, one that still guides me through life’s difficult problems I’m not thinking of split-second decisions … Read the Rest »

Accuracy v. Precision or the Zen of iRacing

September 24th, 2009 by

Long ago I was taught about the difference in accuracy and precision, but I’d never really applied it outside of scientific pursuits. But as an iRacer, I began to realize that the racing version of accuracy and precision is important in progressing from beyond a novice level. For myself and I’m sure most others, when … Read the Rest »