Introducing This Week in iRacing, a new weekly post which details all you need to know about what is going on in the world of iRacing!
From official eSports to some of the top community-driven events, and everything in between, here’s what you should know for Week 5 of 2023 Season 4 (October 17-23).
Official iRacing eSports
While the newly announced IMSA Esports Global Championship and the World of Outlaws Thrustmaster Sprint Car Series not due until November, there are still plenty of official iRacing eSports to indulge in this week. eNASCAR fans will be excited for a Tuesday two-fer while the open-wheel racing fans have a street course event to look forward to on Thursday. There is also the World of Outlaws Qualifier to keep an eye out for on Monday night.
iRACING WORLD OF OUTLAWS SPRINT CAR QUALIFYING SERIES
First up on Monday night (October 16) is the fourth round of the iRacing World of Outlaws Sprint Car Qualifying Series, taking place at Lincoln Speedway.
The Top 20 points finishers who aren’t already qualified, have an A Class dirt oval license, and are in good standing with iRacing will be considered for a Pro/WC license and entry into the iRacing World of Outlaws Thrustmaster Sprint Car Series which begins on November 13.
More details on the iRacing World of Outlaws Sprint Car Qualifying Series -> CLICK HERE
eNASCAR DOUBLEHEADER – COLLEGE AND CONTENDER
There’s a double dose of eNASCAR happening on Tuesday night (October 17) as both the eNASCAR College iRacing Series powered by NACE Starleague and the eNASCAR Contender iRacing Series are set to go head-to-head, live on both NASCAR and iRacing’s social media channels.
The main show will be the College Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway. 40 of the top-ranked collegiate sim racers have qualified in for 90 laps around the 1.5-mile oval in Concord, NC. Drivers such as the 2023 eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series Champion Steven Wilson will be in the field, fighting against last semester’s dominant force in Logan Clampitt.
A month ago, the first race of the 2023-24 academic year took place at Daytona Int’l Speedway and saw Daniel Faulkingham defeat Anthony Burroughs in a photo finish.
Neither driver will be in attendance, however, as they will both be fighting for a spot on the 2024 eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series roster, competing in Contender, happening at the same time, at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Last week, it was Kaden Honeycutt who was dominant at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the opening round of the season.
More details on the eNASCAR College iRacing Series -> CLICK HERE
More details on the eNASCAR Contender iRacing Series -> CLICK HERE
BROADCAST STARTS AT 8:00 PM ET (00:00 GMT)
GRAND PRIX TURN RACING iRACING SERIES
With half of the 2023 Grand Prix Turn Racing iRacing Series in the rear-view, there is finally some definition on who to watch out for in the fight for the championship. Coming into the season, it was believed that it would be an Apex Racing Team versus Altus Esports championship, but neither team has had any of their drivers fully find momentum so far.
Instead, Poland’s Przemyslaw Marek Lemanek for Drago Racing is in full stride following a victory at Silverstone Circuit two weeks ago and a runner-up result last week at Circuit Zandvoort. It was one from the Altus camp, namely the VRS stables in Edoardo Leo, taking control and his first career victory at the newly-rescanned and updated Zandvoort.
This week, the series takes on street course racing for the first time as the 26 top-rated open-wheel iRacers are set to compete at Detroit Belle Isle on Thursday (October 19) for the sixth race of the 2023 season.
More details on the Grand Prix Turn Racing iRacing Series -> CLICK HERE
BROADCAST STARTS AT 3:00 PM ET (19:00 GMT)
OFF THIS WEEK
Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup Contender Series
Next Race: October 28 at Long Beach Street Circuit
More details on the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup Contender Series -> CLICK HERE
iRacing Special Events
Fresh off of last week’s iRacing Crandon Pro 4 Championship, the 2023 Special Event calendar has another fun one coming up this week in the form of the iRacing SCCA Runoffs.
iRACING SCCA RUNOFFS
Based on the real-world event, the iRacing SCCA Runoffs will be taking a multitude of different racing disciplines and putting them on display at VIRginia International Raceway this weekend (October 21 and 22).
The Formula Vee, Spec Racer Ford, Global Mazda MX-5, USF2000, GT4 class and Renault Clio for the B-Spec division will all be on display. Races held on Saturday will be broadcasted on the iRacing social channels starting at 11:00 a.m. ET (15:00 GMT).
Saturday, October 21 Schedule:
15:00 GMT: Formula Vee
16:00 GMT: Spec Racer Ford
17:00 GMT: Global MX-5 Spec Miata
18:00 GMT: USF2000
19:00 GMT: GT4
20:00 GMT: Renault Clio
Sunday, October 22 Schedule:
02:00 GMT: Formula Vee
03:00 GMT: Spec Racer Ford
04:00 GMT: Global MX-5 Spec Miata
05:00 GMT: USF2000
06:00 GMT: GT4
07:00 GMT: Renault Clio
For the Members: iRacing Official Series Highlights
Every week, iRacing offers daily, even hourly racing that members can get into, based on where their license level is at. There are also some special series that run at specific times that anyone can jump into, with the right credentials, that offer a more meaningful sim racing experience. Here are a few of the highlighted series taking place this week.
NASCAR iRACING SERIES
Following the NASCAR Cup Series schedule the NASCAR iRacing Series (both Open Setup and Fixed Setup) will head to Homestead-Miami Speedway for the third-to-last race of the 2023 schedule.
Fixed Schedule: Wednesday, 21:00 GMT; Friday, 01:00 GMT; Saturday, 10:00 and 16:00 GMT; Monday, 01:00 GMT
Open Schedule: Thursday, 01:00 and 18:00 GMT; Saturday, 01:00 GMT; Sunday, 14:00 GMT
FIA F4 ESPORTS REGIONAL TOURS
Every week, FIA F4 Esports Regional Tour races take place on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:00 PM, 9:00 PM, and 11:00 PM in time zones appropriate for each region. While all iRacers are eligible to run in any region’s event, the servers will always be set to the most appropriate iRacing server for each region.
Week 5 Schedule:
Americas: Long Beach Street Circuit
Asia-Pacific: Okayama International Circuit Full
Europe-North: Circuit Zolder Grand Prix
Europe-South: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya National
OFF THIS WEEK
BMW M Sim Cup
Next Race: November 5 at Circuit Zandvoort Grand Prix 2023
Creventic Endurance Series
Next Race: December 12 at VIRginia International Raceway Full
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