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Wide World of Esports: New iRacing teams, a four-wide salute, and Conti vs. Ottinger


iRacing reaches 100,000 active users

Everybody’s favorite racing sim reached an impressive milestone last month: six digits’ worth of active subscribers.

The achievement called for some celebration at iRacing’s Massachusetts headquarters.

It was a big year of new features for iRacing.

Look out: Kevin Hamlin’s back

Veteran NASCAR spotter Kevin Harvick is spending his offseason behind the wheel on iRacing after a half-decade hiatus.

It looks like his return has started out just perfectly.

Hamlin, Larson, Byron join eNASCAR iRacing World Championship Series

Is this the Big 3? Well, maybe. NASCAR Cup Series stars – and sim racers themselves – Denny Hamlin, Kyle Larson and William Byron will all field teams in the 2020 eNASCAR iRacing World Championship Series, joining a stacked lineup of 20 total organizations.

Read more on NASCAR.com

Hamlin also dropped some fun knowledge last week – he met Dale Earnhardt Jr. through sim racing.

Ray Alfalla wins iRacing Pro Series

Four-Time is back on top. He’ll compete in the 2020 eNASCAR iRacing World Championship Series – along with 19 other graduates – following the offseason iRacing Pro Series.

Nathan Lyon won the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, placing third in points and handily returning to the top iRacing series.

With the conclusion of the iRacing Pro Series, it means the 2020 eNASCAR iRacing World Championship Series field is set. The 40 drivers and 20 teams are currently undergoing a free agency negotiation period that will determine the 2020 lineup.

Casey Kirwan voted eNASCAR iRacing Series Most Popular Driver

A friendly competition hosted among eNASCAR iRacing World Championship Series drivers names the league’s Most Popular Driver each season, determined by community votes.

Casey Kirwan, who broke through to earn his first series victory at Bristol for Clint Bowyer Racing this summer, claimed the most popular title – perhaps due in part to his entertaining Twitch channel.

Logan Clampitt, Ray Alfalla, Malik Ray and Michael Conti rounded out the top five.

Throwback: Landon Cassill Qualifying Challenge

In 2010 and 2011, NASCAR Cup Series driver Landon Cassill held a series of qualifying shootouts on iRacing, finding the drivers who could handle the pressure of setting the fastest time trial laps against some of the best racers online.

Might the LCQC come back for the 10th anniversary of the challenge? Maybe, says Cassill.

An impromptu tribute to Junior Johnson

Following the death of NASCAR legend Junior Johnson, some iRacers decided to pay tribute to Johnson by forming a four-wide salute under caution.

You love to see it.

Good enough, Brett Moffitt

While NASCAR Gander Trucks champion Brett Moffitt didn’t quite get the Christmas iRacing rig he’d hoped for, that’s OK, it turns out.

Watching iRacing on TV: the new thing to do

Rodney Childers, crew chief for Kevin Harvick, tweeted a photo of his TV set to an iRacing dirt race, asking if it’s weird.

For the record, it’s not weird – says Dale Jr., at least. We trust his taste.

#ContivsOttinger

The offseason is no time to rest if you’re a sim racer – particularly eNASCAR iRacing World Championship Series drivers Michael Conti and Nick Ottinger. The two traded hot-lap videos on Twitter throughout the week, constantly one-upping each other to set the fastest time in a Gander Trucks-style truck at iRacing’s Lime Rock Park road course.

It was all fun and games until both Conti and Ottinger were bested by Bobby Sandt Jr.

Back to the drawing board.

NASCAR Heat December DLC is here

The NASCAR Heat team announced the December DLC package, featuring more than 50 paint schemes, has dropped.

Paint Scheme of the Week

Cameron Coulby painted a modern Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 version of Dale Jr.’s Gray Ghost tribute car, showcasing iRacing’s new chrome painting features in a beautiful way.

If you’re keeping track, that means this car is an updated version of a paint scheme that throws back to a classic design. We’re like three levels deep here.

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Video of the Week

Ah, the genuine excitement of an iRacing rig for a Christmas gift. We’re jealous.