iRacing fixes a real-life glitch
When something didn’t seem quite right with the Chili Bowl racetrack in Tulsa, OK, track organizers consulted iRacing, who scanned the track in 2018, to figure out the problem.
It’s a fascinating story and perhaps one of the first documented times iRacing data affected a real-life track.
He used the data to redesign the corners overnight.https://t.co/glFKd2yymf
— Matt Weaver (@MattWeaverAW) January 15, 2020
After 2 nights of abuse we pulled measurements on the berms last night. We are within 6? of the reference points we created from the data provided by @kiannarelli and @iracing. Can?t express the value of the partnership that @cbnationals and @iracing have. @MattWeaverAW https://t.co/jm6MsbaTZH pic.twitter.com/zKlNYRVkCc
— Brad Chandler (@Chilibowlgravel) January 17, 2020
— Jonathan Merryman (@J_Merryman) January 17, 2020
iRacing enthusiast Dale Earnhardt Jr. teamed up with former spotter TJ Majors to compete in an iRacing endurance race – and, yes, it’s probably the only time we’ll see Dale drive a BMW.
Ran my first ever endurance race on @iRacing today with @Tjmajors. Qual p18 out of 50. Finished p10. It was a 2 hour race. We split the driving duties between us two. So much fun. pic.twitter.com/YIUXqm6fUf
— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) January 12, 2020
iRacing’s 24 Hours of Daytona is in the books
An annual tradition each January, iRacing held its own version of the famous 24-hour endurance race over the weekend, where thousands of drivers – including eNASCAR stars – came together to run over a million laps on the virtual Daytona road course.
— iRacing.com (@iRacing) January 20, 2020
— BurtonKligermanEsports (@BurtKligEsports) January 19, 2020
After 24 hours of racing and 860 laps we ended up P2 in the @iRacing @DISupdates 24 hour race! Great job @JustinBolton99, @GarrettLowe_6, @Neebs57 and @erb224 looking forward to doing it again next year.@SHR_eSports – @JustinBolton99 @DDuval42 @woodbrothers21 – @GarrettLowe_6 https://t.co/D622MhL8Df
— Dylan Duval (@DDuval42) January 19, 2020
— Jim Beaver eSports (@JBeavereSports) January 18, 2020
Root on the rookie ?
— Bobby Zalenski (@bobbyzalenski) January 18, 2020
— Casey Kirwan (@CaseyKirwan23) January 17, 2020
— Blake Reynolds (@breynolds_66) January 19, 2020
Awesome to see the variety of drivers in the @iRacing #24HoursofDaytona! Real-life drivers, pro oval sim-racers, road pros, etc. I remember running this race a few years ago and I can?t believe how far it?s come! #Esports @IMSA @DISupdates
— Michael Conti (@MikeConti5) January 18, 2020
Could Dale Jr. show up in 2021?
(OK, maybe we could see him in another unfamiliar car after all.)
At roughly 4 drivers per team that?s a lot of sim racers. I hate I had to miss this years event. Dialing it in for next year for sure. https://t.co/93BoM4n1Lw
— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) January 18, 2020
Solo racing for 24 hours – for a cause
Twitch streamer 924RARChevette (Ian Plasch) raced the entire iRacing 24 Hours of Daytona on his own. Yeah, no driver swaps for 24 hours, in the name of Extra Life, supporting Children’s Miracle Network to the tune of $4,371.
Running the @iRacing 24 Hours of Daytona solo for the 6th year in a row! Your support each and every year is inspiring <3
— Chevette (@924RARChevette) January 17, 2020
This year's @iRacing 24/HR completely blew my expectations out of the water; SO many lives were changed for the better thanks to you, this AMAZING community!
823 laps completed solo by myself (New world record) with @Aeroteq coming in at 777.
$4371.05 raised for @ExtraLife4Kids pic.twitter.com/5RVcPvAZxh
— Chevette (@924RARChevette) January 19, 2020
No burnout feels any sweeter, every single year. Here's to another successful solo 24 Hours of Daytona in 2021! pic.twitter.com/XARHX1REYN
— Chevette (@924RARChevette) January 20, 2020
Plasch’s teammate MrAeroHD (Keenan Kusan) also raced solo for the duration of the race – 777 laps’ worth – contributing to the donation.
I?m so proud of us.
I?m so proud of the Hotboiz.
I?m so proud of @924RARChevette
I?m so proud of sim racing.
Until 2021, Daytona. pic.twitter.com/TtDEOsXb74
— ???? !~ (@Aeroteq) January 19, 2020
This was the sixth year Plasch has raced solo for a cause, completing 823 laps this time around.
You go, guys! But not too quickly. Ease back into it after driving for an entire day.
Woke up and said "wow, my legs feel great today somehow"
walked through a Walmart for some food, INSTANT regrets
— Chevette (@924RARChevette) January 20, 2020
I fear I may never get the use of my knees again
I also just shovelled a foot of snow after doing a 24hr straight race.
Time for McDunnolds and to sleep for the next two days.
— ???? !~ (@Aeroteq) January 19, 2020
eNASCAR Heat Pro League qualifier testing
NASCAR Heat dropped some news about the second season of the eNASCAR Heat Pro League on Twitter.
We will be testing the Pro League qualifiers this weekend and we need your help! Come and race your heart out this Saturday – Cup Series at Atlanta and Sunday – Xfinity Series at Texas! #NASCAR #NASCARHeat #eNASCAR pic.twitter.com/BiYhL5j4kD
— NASCAR Heat (@NASCARHeat) January 17, 2020
— NASCAR Heat (@NASCARHeat) January 19, 2020
You could say in terms of the iRacing Street Stock Series points, Tim Dugger is … Gettin’ There.
— Tim Dugger (@Tim_Dugger) January 9, 2020
— Tim Dugger (@Tim_Dugger) January 20, 2020
Ryan Preece’s new rig
It looks like JTG Daugherty Racing’s Ryan Preece is spending his NASCAR Cup Series off-season turning laps in style. How wide is that monitor?!
— Ryan Preece (@RyanPreece_) January 9, 2020
Just another Saturday night
What do you do with your Saturday nights? Go out with some friends? A quiet evening at home? How about racing with Dale Earnhardt Jr.?
— Josh Bilicki (@joshbilicki) January 12, 2020
It’s pretty likely Junior was faster than No. 88 NASCAR Cup Series spotter Kevin Hamlin, at least. Yeah, we went there.
— Kevin Hamlin (@KevinHamlin) January 16, 2020
eNASCAR stars on SiriusXM
Josh Parker, the first driver to win in both the eNASCAR iRacing World Championship Series and the eNASCAR Heat Pro League, shared his story about how sim racing provided him with real-racing opportunities on the radio.
Was a privilege to share my story with @TheMikeBagley and @PPistone on #TMDNASCAR. As technology grows the bridge between @iRacing and the real world will just keep getting smaller. Here is how @iRacing led me to a real world ride at @StaffordSpeedwy pic.twitter.com/JfpoZPU4fR
— Josh Parker (@JoshParker81) January 14, 2020
Michael Conti of JR Motorsports also repped sim racing in an interview on SiriusXM with Dave Moody. Well done, gentlemen.
This weekend sparked a lot of good conversation so I?m looking forward to continuing that tonight at 6PM ET! pic.twitter.com/066UBjDNtd
— Michael Conti (@MikeConti5) January 13, 2020
Brawlin’ with Byron
The story of William Byron’s sim-to-Cup career path is well-documented, but Byron – the NASCAR Cup Series driver and also eNASCAR team owner – is known to still hop on iRacing from time to time. Considering, here, he’s battling with eNASCAR iRacing World Championship Series driver Logan Clampitt, Byron’s still got it.
Always fun to brawl with someone that's also competitive! pic.twitter.com/j9SzU1IJca
— Logan Clampitt (@lclampitt44) January 20, 2020
Indy road course prep
Following the recently-announced news the NASCAR Xfinity Series will race the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course for the first time ever in 2020, racers quickly turned to iRacing to start learning the track – six months in advance.
Indy road course in an Xfinity car. Very challenging track. Oval Turns 1&2 are wrecking loose. Tight though the infield. Not a lot of grip.
Should put on a great race! @iRacing pic.twitter.com/VzU61cxoDP
— Noah Gragson (@NoahGragson) January 15, 2020
eNASCAR iRacing Series silly season
Several eNASCAR iRacing World Championship Series drivers announced their 2020 driver lineups.
Get to know my drivers for the 2020 ?@iRacing? championship series. ?@KeeganLeahy? and ?@CaseyKirwan23?. Happy these 2 proven guys took a chance and signed with a new team in DHR. https://t.co/PHyjVFv6ZE
— Denny Hamlin (@dennyhamlin) January 17, 2020
NEWS: Stewart-Haas #eSports has named its two drivers for the 2020 #eNASCAR @iRacing World Championship Series, promoting one accomplished simracer from within @StewartHaasRcng and selecting another veteran simracer from outside the United States.
— Stewart-Haas eSports (@SHR_eSports) January 14, 2020
— Austin Dillon (@austindillon3) January 16, 2020
We're pumped to introduce Nathan Lyon and Kollin Keister as our two newest team members in the @iRacing World Championship this year!#eNASCAR | #UpXDownR1LeftCircleRight Square, L2, L1 pic.twitter.com/7MSBz9RMxO
— Roush Fenway (@roushfenway) January 18, 2020
The 2 car is BACK in 2020! We will be chasing championship number five for Virtual Racing School. Car to be unveiled soon! pic.twitter.com/U2WamKjPYx
— Ray Alfalla (@rayalfalla) January 17, 2020
Paint Scheme of the Week
James Gutta painted Greg Biffle’s 2006 NASCAR Cup Series ride for iRacing if you’re into throwbacks (and 200-mph American flags).
Video of the Week
I know, I know. We share a lot of crash avoidance videos. But this one, shared to iRacing from racer Matias Piris, might just take the cake for the best we’ve ever seen at Talladega.
— iRacing.com (@iRacing) January 14, 2020