Testing track layouts in iRacing
What’s the best way to test out a new possible track configuration rather than physically building a track (which sounds expensive and tiresome)? Turns out it’s iRacing. Jordan Bianchi of The Athletic shared how iRacing’s track-building tools helped NASCAR dream up new track layout possibilities for Auto Club Speedway.
How did NASCAR determine the feasibility of the Auto Club Speedway short track layout? They made a phone call to iRacing. https://t.co/zoKYd31pWP
— Jordan Bianchi (@Jordan_Bianchi) September 11, 2020
If I was going to build a track/spend millions of dollars, I?d absolutely get iracing to create a virtual model to test and mold. Especially a risky project such as this one.
— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) September 10, 2020
It’s not the first time iRacing stepped in to help out in the real world of racing.
iRacing has a pretty good track record when it comes to their data and measurements. https://t.co/WxlDIPT1bY
— Bozi Tatarevic (@BoziTatarevic) September 10, 2020
Now, iRacing, all that’s left is to release the track concept. What do you say?
I am sure when everyone is happy with the final product we will get permission to release it. Ideally, we get some of the real world @NASCAR drivers testing it soon to get their feedback as well.
— Steve Myers (@iRacingMyers) September 10, 2020
Good enough for now.
iRacing Season 4 build released
Wednesday marked the release of iRacing’s latest quarterly build, featuring all sorts of new content and updates. From an oval-racing perspective, the biggest release was the long-awaited Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway, though updates like driver customization and ambient environment sounds continue to add to the sim’s realism.
Well, what are you waiting for?? Get out on track!
Our deployment period is complete and we are back online!
Thank you for your patience. ??? pic.twitter.com/zgfB7NxZiY
— iRacing.com (@iRacing) September 9, 2020
— Anthony Alfredo (@anthonyalfredo) September 10, 2020
— Rajah Caruth (@rajahcaruth_) September 10, 2020
Why no Newman?
Ryan Newman spoke about why he didn’t participate in this year’s eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series. Turns out that while he’s a self-admitted sim-racing lover, he wanted his return to racing to come in the real race car. We get it!
— Roush Fenway (@roushfenway) September 14, 2020
Coca-Cola iRacing Series: Leahy wins at Darlington
Keegan Leahy’s back in eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series Victory Lane for the third time in 2020 after winning Tuesday night at Darlington Raceway.
Leahy dominated the event, holding off hard-charging pole-sitter Michael Conti. Leahy’s No. 32 Denny Hamlin Racing Toyota was painted much like Ricky Craven’s famous Darlington-winning NASCAR Cup Series car from 2003 – the magic is real.
CRAVEN GOT EM! Not a door banger photo finish, but I'll take em nice and contact-free any chance I can get. Amazing but EVIL car. Shoutout to @PashalisGergis for being my fill-in spotter tonight. @realVRS #DirectForcePro pic.twitter.com/IVGEwzqZsz
— Keegan Leahy (@KeeganLeahy) September 9, 2020
— iRacing.com (@iRacing) September 10, 2020
Just two races remain in the regular season. Las Vegas Motor Speedway awaits the world’s fastest sim racers next Tuesday.
Before there was iRacing…
For National Video Game Day September 12, KeepIt35 shared a video outlining the complete history of NASCAR-themed games and sims before iRacing. It’s a fun trip down memory lane.
iRacing paint scheme of the week
Sure, NASCAR has moved on from throwback weekend at Darlington Raceway, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still appreciate a good retro paint scheme.
Brantley Roden painted Brandon Jones’ race-winning NASCAR Xfinity Series Toyota Supra for iRacing in all its glory.
Video of the week
Turns out Dale Jr. can drive a crab-walking car just about as fast as an undamaged car.
— Freddie Kraft (@FreddieKraft) September 15, 2020