Having read a lot of this thread, it seems like the same old points are coming up over and over so I wanted to post in a bit of an FAQ-style to clear some of these up.
I don’t want to have to install Steam to use iRacing
That’s fine. You wouldn’t need to use it through Steam. You could if you wanted to, but wouldn’t have to.
Steam is a buggy piece of crap
Put simply, no, it’s not. Steam itself works fine. Like any software, it has a few rough edges, and might struggle a little on slower machines or for those with large game collections, but most people have issues with specific games on Steam, and the issue lies in the game itself.
Besides, if you have issues with Steam, you don’t have to use it, as mentioned above.
I don’t want lots of n00bs playing with keyboards in my game because they will ruin it for everyone
They will start as rookies. Most of us have now progressed to higher licenses, and you can only do that in iRacing if you have a reasonable skill level. (I am not claiming that NO bad drivers or racers ever progress beyond Rookie.)
Steam has the ability to mark a game as “controller required” on the purchase/download page, so it should be possible to mark iRacing as “wheel required”. It won’t stop people from trying it without one, but it will at least give out….. Read more
NASCAR iRacing Class C Series – 2013 Season 4 Chevrolet Silverado
Week 1 (2013-10-29) Texas Motor Speedway – 70 laps
Week 2 (2013-11-05) Phoenix International Raceway – 70 laps
Week 3 (2013-11-12) Homestead Miami Speedway – 60 laps
Week 4 (2013-11-19) Bristol Motor Speedway Night race, 110 laps
Week 5 (2013-11-26) Charlotte Motor Speedway Night Race – 70 laps
Week 6 (2013-12-03) Iowa Speedway – Oval Night race, 90 laps
Week 7 (2013-12-10) Chicagoland Speedway 70 laps
Week 8 (2013-12-17) Indianapolis Motor Speedway -40 laps
Week 9 (2013-12-24) Las Vegas Motor Speedway – 70 laps
Week 10 (2013-12-31) Richmond International Raceway Night race, 110 laps
Week 11 (2014-01-07) Rockingham Speedway – 100 laps
Week 12 (2014-01-14) Daytona International Speedway -50 laps Read more
2013 iRacing.com Daytona 500
Friday February 22nd at 9pm Eastern / (02:00 GMT Saturday) and Saturday February 23rd at 2pm Eastern / (19:00 GMT Saturday)
Chevrolet Impala (Not the Gen 6 racecar)
Daytona Oval – Day lighting
Qualifying – Qualifying begins on Monday evening February 18th, 2 lap qual every hour at 45 past the hour. Qual will last until the races begin.
Race splits will be set by iRating, order on the grid will be based on qualifying time.
Practice – open all week prior to race
43 racecars per split – full course cautions
The top split of this event will be broadcast live on http://www.glaciertv.com/
If you use Twitter to channel your inner Brad Keselowski, please use these…
by Jamie Teague
It’s tough to understand just how in the track the front end of these stockcars or trucks are along with the rear grip. The attitude or rake of the truck just keeps the front end compressed into the track with loads of bite and feedback to the driver. This isn’t a Sprint Car where throttle control is key, this is a LCOG, wide track, good bit of downforce racecar. Nothing about iRacing’s physics on the suspension of these cars works like it should, not to mention the tire model. The front end doesn’t lift or compress like Read more
By John Burgess
It’s pretty clear there are two constituencies here: those who want to treat this as more of a ‘serious hobby’, a simulation of racing including longer races and increasing levels of realism (the ‘hardcore’); and those who enjoy racing as a less serious entertainment, including shorter races and ‘arrive and drive’.
What we really want iRacing to do, is not pussyfoot about with appearing to talk out of both sides of its mouth at the same time. I want them to actively acknowledge BOTH sets of requirements, and do what is necessary to construct a service with offering SPECIFICALLY TARGETTED to each segment. But they don’t do that; instead they use a single mechanism of ‘official series’ and try to walk the tightrope to give both what they want in the same structure. It can’t ever work.
What they did this time was take some official series, and in fact some of the most popular ones, and redefine them in ways the participants did NOT want. They blantantly do not understand the right approaches to take, despite the fact that many on here have laid out exactly what they need to do over a period of YEARS. These suggestions all exist in the forums and have been discussed ad nauseam; all we ever get is the same crap, or at least, it only ever seems to go in one direction. THAT is what is frustrating the user base. The numbers speak for themselves in that this approach has alienated the ‘hardcore’ crowd; my belief is at this point they are leaving in significant numbers.
By Ryan Norton
Given the nature of this post I would like to first point out this is just my opinion and is being presented as such. I suspect that much of what I am going to say will be shared by a lot of people but it remains just a single drivers opinion. By presenting this in a public forum I hope it will gain support that would not have been otherwise possible however.
I know iRacing is very busy so for their sake I will try to be concise, to the point and appreciative of their time. The new schedule changes are both very promising and yet bring various levels of disappointment at the same time. Below is a short list of issues I foresee and solutions to them:
Open series moved to two separate six week schedules.
Participation for the open series has not been great and while I understand where iRacing is coming from this move by itself is not a good one. The Indycar has been about two separate disciplines combined into one overall championship, there are oval/road champions crowned but the overall championship is the most coveted. Changing the series to this format without an accompanying combined championship is just less racing for the people that wanted to race their favorite discipline each week.
Tonight Weds Dec. 12 at 8 PM EST is the second annual iRacing Pro Race of Champions (watch it live here) where real drivers from around the globe compete head to head on two virtual race tracks for an overall title. iRacing will make a $2500 contribution to the favorite charity of the overall winner based on the cumulative results from both races. As the excitement builds, a poll was taken on the iRacing forum and here are the top five drivers according to iRacers. There are a couple surprises.
In fifth spot is Richie Stanaway. Richie is proudly part of the Lotus F1 Team’s young driver program and currently competes in the Formula Renault 3.5 championship.
I was trying to explain iRacing is to a buddy’s spouse who understands just enough about NASCAR and auto racing to confuse us both, a daunting task indeed. One of the first questions was “So, do you get paid for this?” I chuckled and said, “Well Ray Alfalla does, for the rest of us, not really!”
After telling her about wheels and pedals that actually plug into the PC (I didn’t think she needed to be burdened with prices of said peripherals, much less racing rigs) and the laser scanned tracks I made a leap of faith and tried explain the difference between the lucky dog and the pass around..mostly to a glassy eyed stare.
Then I grabbed a laptop and Read more
Does iRacing do a good job of keeping the community informed on pipeline developments? There are certain topics that continually cycle through the forums, some due to a newbie’s inability to locate the search box, but others because they make a lot sense. Puzzling would be an apropos description of their non-existence four full years after IR’s launch.
iRacing started their own forum thread that was supposed to list on-going developments, but aside from track scanning on the horizon and new cars on the drawing board, essentially mum is the word. With ‘Deadline Wolves’ bearing fangs at the gate and always on alert, it’s easy to understand why information is trickled to the community. From the outside looking in it’s tough to gauge iRacing’s specific itinerary and priorities. We’re tossed golden nuggets on occasion with Read more
As your making your iRacing rounds on the Daytona Road course…be cautious of Detour signs!!
Enjoy this supurbly entertaining clip by Kevin Hennings!