Some changes coming to iRacing

By | 11th January 2019

Back in May 2018 I began a subscription to iRacing. If you don’t already know, iRacing is one of the best racing simulators around. Note that this is very much a racing simulator rather than your typical arcade style racer, so it’s for people who take their sim-racing seriously and you won’t find any AI bots racing here. Most areas of racing are covered : road (open wheel and closed-wheel) , oval and dirt. However, I’ve noticed a slight tendency for iRacing to focus on Nascar. For instance, the spotter calls are clearly geared towards oval racing with it’s call to go ‘high’ or ‘low’ when there’s a crashed or spun car ahead. I think this because Nascar are a big sponsor of iRacing and so it tends to get a bit more attention. Both the Monster Energy and Xfinity series are fully represented here. A recent sponsorship deal with Porche, however, has seen the introduction of a Porche Pro Qualifying Series which began in early January 2019. The best qualifying drivers from this series will get a chance to race in the Porche World Championship Series which begins later in the year with a considerable prize fund of $300,000 to be shared out among the top drivers.

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iRacing 2019 Prize Funding

Unfortunately, this is all at the expense of the McLaren MP4-30 based Pro Qualifying Grand Prix Series (or Road to Pro) and World Championship Grand Prix Series which have now been scrapped. This is a shame as I enjoy watching these, but I’m guessing it’s because they weren’t able to secure any meaningful sponsorship deals for these series and money talks! Hopefully, in the future, they will secure sponsorship and these will return to iRacing as an official series. I will certainly miss watching reigning champion Martin Krönke defend his title next season.

A full review of iRacing can be found here.