iRacing.com and V8 Supercars announced an agreement today that will see the organizers of the successful V8 Supercar Championship officially sanction the popular online racing service’s V8 Supercar series, which will be known as the iRacing.com V8 Supercars Series presented by BigPond.  V8 Supercars thus joins NASCAR, INDYCAR and GRAND-AM as partners in sanctioning competition on the iRacing service.

“As the world’s leading online racing service, it’s both appropriate and gratifying to announce our first international sanctioning partner,” said Steve Myers, executive vice president of iRacing.com.  “Many of our most enthusiastic members hail from Australia and New Zealand, and iRacing is proud to be associated with V8 Supercars.

“Our NASCAR-, INDYCAR- and GRAND-AM-sanctioned series have introduced new fans to NASCAR, INDYCAR and GRAND-AM and, of course, have been instrumental in the strong growth iRacing has enjoyed since going public in 2008.  We fully expect this new partnership to be similarly beneficial to iRacing and V8 Supercars.”

The iRacing.com V8 Supercars Series presented by BigPond is now the officially-sanctioned online racing series of the V8 Supercar Championship.

Australia is the fastest growing country within the ranks of the iRacing.com membership.  In 2010, iRacing added a second server farm in Australia to its system in order to ensure its members throughout Australia, New Zealand and Asia experience the best and fastest Internet connection possible.

“We’re delighted by the chance to partner with iRacing.com in sanctioning their online V8 Supercar competition,” says V8 Supercars CEO Martin Whitaker. “The iRacing.com V8 Supercars Series presented by BigPond will enable race fans around the world to experience V8 Supercar racing in a dynamic and exciting fashion.  Although the V8 Supercar Championship is an Australian and New Zealand-based series, we are always looking to expand our horizons internationally, as witnessed by our existing event in Abu Dhabi and the recent announcement that the V8 Supercars will be racing in Austin Texas, USA at the Circuit of the Americas beginning in 2013.  Our new partnership with iRacing.com is another vital component of our efforts to bring the excitement of V8 Supercar competition to our international audience.”

Claire McFarland, Director Online and Mobile Media said, “The BigPond team is very excited about this partnership with iRacing. As the official online and mobile portal of V8 Supercars it’s fantastic for BigPond to be able to bring this experience to Australia’s racing fans.  iRacing is such impressive technology, it’s as close to the real thing as you can get, and streets ahead of anything like it in the market.”

iRacing.com introduced the Ford Falcon FG V8 Supercar to its service in 2010.  The Ford Falcon has been featured in both the iRacing.com Pro Series (Road Racing) and the iRacing.com V8 Supercar Series, the latter of which has seen more than 500 iRacers regularly competing in the Ford Falcon during 2011.  Australia’s scenic and challenging Phillip Island road course is among the more than 50 laser-scanned race tracks available on iRacing.  The service also plans to add a digital version of the Oran Park circuit to its catalogue in the near future, a particularly noteworthy fact given that the physical track (near Sydney) was recently demolished to make room for a housing development.

A number of V8 Supercar drivers past present and future, including Marcos Ambrose, Shane Van Gisbergen, Fabian Coulthard, Scott McGlaughlin, are among the growing ranks of iRacers.  Although they use the service to help sharpen their skills and prepare to race on unfamiliar tracks, they agree that iRacing is just plain fun.

“iRacing is an amazing simulation system and it has helped me tremendously as I’ve tackled NASCAR Sprint Cup competition,” says Ambrose.  “It’s the closest thing to racing in the physical world that you can get.  (But) iRacing.com is for everyone . . . a terrific social venue for racers to find like-minded friends from all over the world.  It is a fantastic service for individuals or a bunch of mates who want to get together regularly, wherever they are in the world, to race.”

“iRacing is the best racing simulator, hands down,” says Van Gisbergen.  “Not only for the accuracy of the laser scanned tracks and cars, but anyone can sign up and be racing against professional drivers from across the world who, like me, use iRacing as a tool to improve driving skills . . . Come take us on!”

Racers can do just that by taking advantage of a special offer for two free months on the iRacing service with the purchase of one month of racing.   New members will be just in time to enjoy the host of new features and content (including two cars and tracks) available with last week’s release of iRacing 2.0.  For a look at iRacing 2.0 featuring Dale Earnhardt Jr, Tony Stewart and the iRacing staff, go to http://www.youtube.com/user/iRacingTV.

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Great news for V8 and Australian iRacers! Perhaps we need more tracks of that region? Adelaide anyone?

PS Hopefuly Europe will get at least one/first server farm someday too :]

AY
August 2nd, 2011 at 7:57 pm

Circuit of the Americas? wtf is this some kind of joke?! LOL

Tim
August 3rd, 2011 at 7:13 am

Circuit of the Americas is actually looking to be a pretty good track. Certainly it will be far better than the utter crap that the latest Australian Street circuits are.

Andrew
August 3rd, 2011 at 8:16 am

Andrew your a tosser Aussie street tracks and racing tracks have been designed to race these cars, America is just catching up with the best touring cars of the world, grow up get a life

coops
September 13th, 2011 at 1:02 am

Please can we have Mt Panorama Bathurst circuit? PLEASE?!?!

Andrew
August 3rd, 2011 at 1:01 pm

If iRacing real wants to capitalise on the Aussie market, they seriously need to add Bathurst & a Holden license.
That would be a massive draw card for Australian sim racers & future sim racers!

“Australia is the fastest growing country within the ranks of the iRacing.com membership.” – You wanna multiply & secure your Australian membership? 😀

Andrew H
August 3rd, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Great, great, great news !!!!!!!!!!
This is something important signed.

Julien Apruzzese
August 3rd, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Hidden Valley would be nice. 🙂

Matt
August 3rd, 2011 at 4:47 pm

Well, this sure is good news. Officially sanctioned series give it a legitimacy that you can’t get any other way.

Deep Banerjee
August 3rd, 2011 at 5:27 pm

It would be fantastic if they added a Holden V8 and Bathurst, they could host a virtual 1000

Blake
August 4th, 2011 at 12:19 am

all the v8’s are out classing the australian track so i dont think its worth putting any australian tracks other then hidden valley and bathurst as they already have phillip island.

But im excited to see what they have in store for us 🙂

Troy McGuire
August 4th, 2011 at 2:10 am

im sry but until iracing gets all the Australian tracks and the Holden the series is a joke. you got the name only BIG DEAL

coops
September 13th, 2011 at 1:08 am

what does it matter? the two makes only differ by the badge and the headlights anyway

Dave
August 20th, 2012 at 12:04 pm

does anyone have any definate knowledge of wether iracing will ever get bathurst

Phildo
September 29th, 2011 at 11:42 am

not a member: wont be until the fastest growing region on iracing. starts to look after them by getting down here and scanning our wonderful tracks for our great series
long live v8 supercars

coops
December 7th, 2011 at 11:03 pm

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