Welcome back to This Week in iRacing, our 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 8 of 2023 Season 4, from October 31st to November 6th.
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 / SPECIAL EVENT: 2023 iRACING PHOENIX NASCAR FINALE / WINTER NiS ANNOUNCED
Following the NASCAR Cup Series schedule, the NASCAR iRacing Series (both Open Setup and Fixed Setup) heads to Phoenix Raceway for the final race on the 2023 calendar. The year started with a full length race at Daytona, and once again, it will end with a full length contest at Phoenix. The 2023 iRacing Phoenix NASCAR Finale will be just like the real-world event—500 kilometers, 312 laps around the one-mile facility in Avondale, Arizona.
The races this week are scheduled for:
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
During the NASCAR offseason, it was announced that the Winter NASCAR iRacing Series (WNiS) will return for a second season, once again contesting with the 1987 NASCAR Cup Series vehicles. The full schedule is available on the iRacing Forums.
For more information on the NASCAR iRacing Series Special Event -> CLICK HERE
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 8 Schedule:
Americas: Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
Asia-Pacific: Twin Ring Motegi – GP
Europe-North: Nürburgring Grand-Prix-Strecke
Europe-South: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya – Historic
RING MEISTER / DRAFT MASTER COMBINATIONS
Two of the more unique daily racing series added in recent seasons are the Ring Meister Ricmotech Series and the Draft Master Series, where the cars change every week as opposed to the tracks.
Ring Meister (every ODD hour EST/GMT) takes place at the Nürburgring Nordschleife – Industriefahrten and cycles through mostly road-type racing vehicles every week.
As for Draft Master (every hour), there are two tracks—Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway—and six NASCAR vehicles that each track will cycle through. Once again, the series is set to take on Talladega this week.
Week 8 Schedule:
Ring Meister: Radical SR10 at Nürburgring Nordschleife – Industriefahrten
Draft Master: (legacy) NASCAR Chevrolet Impala COT at Talladega Superspeedway
BMW M SIM CUP
The BMW M Sim Cup returns on Sunday, November 5 with another 120-minute, multi-class BMW contest at the all-new Circuit Zandvoort Grand Prix 2023 edition track. Racing starts at 13:00 GMT (and considering that there will be a clock change for the end of Daylight Savings Time this weekend, it will be at 8:00 AM EST as opposed to it’s usual time at 9:00)
For more information on the upcoming BMW M Sim Cup event -> CLICK HERE
OFF THIS WEEK
Creventic Endurance Series
Next Race: December 12 at VIRginia International Raceway Full
Official iRacing eSports
It’s a big week for official iRacing eSport events as both a Qualifying and a Contender Series are set to conclude and a new entry begins the next day. Here’s everything you need to know about all the official iRacing eSports events.
iRACING WORLD OF OUTLAWS SPRINT CAR QUALIFYING SERIES
First up on Monday night (October 30) is the sixth and final round of the iRacing World of Outlaws Sprint Car Qualifying Series, taking place at Volusia Speedway Park.
The top 20 points finishers after considering a drop week in the final standings, who aren’t already qualified, have an A Class dirt oval license, and are in good standing with iRacing, will be considered for the Pro level 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
NO OFFICIAL BROADCAST
eNASCAR CONTENDER iRACING SERIES
On Tuesday night, the fourth race of the 2023 eNASCAR Contender iRacing Series heads to Darlington Raceway. Darlington couldn’t be any more appropriately placed on Halloween night, as many drivers are expected to be dressing up in their favorite throwback scheme, a popular theme at the venue.
Like the World of Outlaws, the top 20 points finishers in the series will be considered for a chance to race in the 2024 eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series, which will start up early in 2024.
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
Thursday afternoon plays host to some top level open-wheel competition in the Grand Prix Turn Racing iRacing Series. A return trip to Austria is in the cards as the eighth race of the season will contest the Red Bull Ring. Przemyslaw Marek Lemanek will be looking to extend his points lead for a fifth straight week as he sets his eyes on the 2023 championship.
More details on the Grand Prix Turn Racing iRacing Series -> CLICK HERE
BROADCAST STARTS AT 3:00 PM ET (19:00 GMT)
PORSCHE TAG HEUER ESPORTS SUPERCUP CONTENDER SERIES
This Saturday, the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup Contender Series will conclude as the contenders take on the Nürburgring Grand-Prix-Strecke in the season finale. Similar to both World of Outlaws and eNASCAR, this series will offer a chance for the 15 highest points-scoring drivers after results finalization to race in the top level of competition in 2024.
More details on the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup Contender Series -> CLICK HERE
BROADCAST STARTS AT 3:00 PM ET (19:00 GMT)
IMSA ESPORTS GLOBAL CHAMPIONSHIP
On Sunday, the first race of the 2023 IMSA Esports Global Championship is set to begin the four-race championship with two hours and 40 minutes of racing at Road Atlanta. This season will be the first to host all four of the current manufacturers of the IMSA GTP class as iRacing now proudly offers members the chance to drive in the BMW M Hybrid V8, Cadillac V-Series.R, Acura ARX-06 and the Porsche 963.
More details on the IMSA Esports Global Championship -> CLICK HERE
BROADCAST STARTS AT 2:00 PM ET (19:00 GMT)
OFF THIS WEEK
eNASCAR College iRacing Series
Next Race: November 7 at Dover Motor Speedway
World of Outlaws Thrustmaster Sprint Car Series
Next Race: November 13 at Volusia Speedway Park
Around the iRacing Community
While there aren’t any Racing Prodigy races for members to get in on currently, we’d be remiss to not mention that Prodigy Week has begun for the first 12 drivers that earned a Prodigy Pass in the previous weeks of competition. Day 1 of Prodigy Week began on Monday, October 30th, and the live streams can be caught on the official Racing Prodigy YouTube channel.
More details on Racing Prodigy -> CLICK HERE
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