iRacing.com – Darlington Available

Without prior announcement, iRacing has added another track to their lineup today by making the Darlington Raceway available for purchase.

Located in Darlington, South Carolina, Darlington Raceway is a somewhat unusual 1.33 mile egg-shaped oval. Nicknamed the “Track too tough to tame”, the oval features two very different ends as turns 3 & 4 are much more narrow than turns 1 & 2, giving the track a unique layout.

Due to the fact that the racing line through those turns is very close to the wall, the track is also known as the “Lady in Black” as many cars make contact with the wall during the race, turning the once white walls black. The track is hosting annual NASCAR Sprint Cup & Nationwide rounds which are followed by 65.000 spectators.

The track is now available to be purchased for $20, only one configuration is available. In related news, iRacing has also announced a new partnership with the Sports Car Club of America, making iRacing the official SCCA motorsport simulation. SCCA members can take advantage of a special $75 annual rate, more than 50 percent discount on the regular price.

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  • Klaas Jan

    Just in time for the Southern 500 this Saturday. :cool:

    Another great track added to an already impressive lineup of NASCAR tracks!

  • Dave

    Great track for the all the Nascar series! Now we just need some new tin tops and road courses!

    Come on AuntieChuckles..bring on the your same witty remarks.

  • UncleChuckle

    That’d be my wife then. Sweet. I shall have to tell my wife her presence was requested.

    Just don’t say my name three times while looking in a mirror, or I’ll cut your head off with my hook hand.

    As for this news… I am SO in the wrong line of work…

  • stabiz

    Too tough to tame? The guy who said that should do a few laps on the Nordschleife.

  • tigeraid

    stabiz: Too tough to tame? The guy who said that should do a few laps on the Nordschleife.

    the Nordschleife does not require you to run 3″ away from a concrete wall at 180 mph for 4 hours straight, on a track surface that absolutely destroys tires in a manner of a few laps.

    Both tracks are among the most challenging in the world, for different reasons.

  • ermax18

    Heh, I wish I hadn’t let my SCCA membership lapse.

  • UncleChuckle

    Any NASCAR driver would probably die on their first lap of the Nordschleife… “What’s this coming up… It doesn’t turn left… IT DOESN’T TURN LEFT!!! ARGHHHH!” *fireball*

  • GeraArg

    UncleChuckleTheEMO you sure is the reincarnation of Senna…

  • http://www.racinglinedevelopments.com the.cosmic.pope

    UncleChuckle:
    Any NASCAR driver would probably die on their first lap of the Nordschleife… “What’s this coming up… It doesn’t turn left… IT DOESN’T TURN LEFT!!! ARGHHHH!” *fireball*

    Boris Said. NASCAR Driver, Sportscar Driver, Nurburgring 24 hour winner.

  • http://www.virtualr.net Montoya

    I guess the “NASCAR drivers can’t drive on road courses” cliche never gets old…despite the fact that various NASCAR drivers have already proven themselves in top class road racing events.

  • HoW Monty

    the.cosmic.pope:
    Boris Said. NASCAR Driver, Sportscar Driver, Nurburgring 24 hour winner.

    Someone call the BURNS UNIT and the waaaaaaaaaaaaaaahmbulance.

  • ermax18

    Don’t you have that backwards? Boris Said was a sportscar driver which was initially hired to run the few RCs in NASCAR only. But later he ended up running the ovals too. Boris Said is a bad example. As are several of the other failed F1 drivers that got greedy and moved to NASCAR.

  • http://www.virtualr.net Montoya

    The list of drivers that are both good NASCAR pilots and road racers is long…

    Jeff Gordon
    Tony Stewart
    AJ Allmendinger
    Jimmie Johnson
    Robby Gordon
    Juan Pablo Montoya
    Casey Mears

    ..just to name a few. Heck, even Carl Edwards managed to beat Michael Schumacher in a Fiat 500 at the ROC last year…so who dares to say that these guys can’t drive?

    The other way around is much more interesting. Those “greedy failed F1 drivers” showed how difficult NASCAR racing is, the list of notable drivers that failed to make it is pretty long.

    Jacques Villeneuve
    Dario Franchitti
    Christian Fittipaldi
    Scott Speed

    Four excellent road racers, three of them former F1 drivers and one former world champion, who failed (or are in the process of failing) to make it in NASCAR. How can that be if driving on ovals is that simple?

    In fact, JPM is the only world class road racer who ever managed to truly make it…and it took him more than two years just to become consistent.

    Looks like there is more to it than just turning left…

  • secretagent

    I wouldn’t call Scott Speed a Nascar failure yet…

  • http://www.racinglinedevelopments.com the.cosmic.pope

    ermax18:
    Don’t you have that backwards? Boris Said was a sportscar driver which was initially hired to run the few RCs in NASCAR only. But later he ended up running the ovals too. Boris Said is a bad example. As are several of the other failed F1 drivers that got greedy and moved to NASCAR.

    Boris Said is a perfect example. It doesn’t matter what order he did it in, the fact is he is/was a NASCAR driver. In fact he owned his own team with Brian Simo and ran Roush equipment too. So good stuff.

    Boris won the Nurburgring 24 for BMW. One of the most special endurance races, at perhaps the most special circuit in the world. He has also won the Daytona 24, and a whole bunch of other impressive events and series. Yet despite this, and despite running his own NASCAR team in top notch equipment, he has never ever won a NASCAR Sprint Cup event. In fact, NO road course ringer in history has ever won a NASCAR Sprint Cup event, even at the Road Courses.

    The fact of the matter is, whilst NASCAR Drivers have a bad reputation for road course racing, that isn’t supported by the history or the results. The reputation solely originates from the series being oval based with only a couple of RCs. But when they get to the RCs the facts show they not only hold there own against the road course experts, they have so far never lost to them.

    So. Waambulance to the burns ward?

    Montoya, I must disagree with most of the drivers you listed. Villeneuve was doing fine, but failed to secure the sponsorship required to get the seat (at Bill Davis Racing). Unfortunatly with many good drivers about and not many seats, coupled with the fact we have so many good cars that some good teams are DNQing, meant JV had no real chance.

    Franchitti was finally getting to grips with the COT (he did well in the Nationwide chassis) when sponsorship was getting bad for Ganassi and Chip offered him a seat in the Indy Car team. Had Ganassi secured sponsorship and the team been kept alive, I’m sure Dario would have been fine.

    Scott Speed has had a rough time but hasn’t failed yet. Some of his runs have been quite good.

  • ral42

    I saw Boris Said in a NASCAR Busch North race at Lime Rock Park awhile back. He did great. Can’t remember if he won but if not, he was near the front. I didn’t know who he was at the time, but I remembered his name after that race.

    I wonder how his # of Sprint Cup races entered compares with the # of races entered to # of wins ratio for other Sprint Cup drivers.

  • http://www.racinglinedevelopments.com the.cosmic.pope

    Boris has made 33 Sprint Cup starts, 18 Nationwide Starts, and 65 Truck Starts. I don’t know where to get stats for series such as Busch North and the Canadian Tyre Series, etc.

    In terms of win ratios, it is the worst possible ratio, lol. He has never won a Sprint Cup event. He has always been beaten by one of the regulars, despite the poor reputation the regulars have.

  • ral42

    Ok, so he’s made 33 Sprint Cup starts. That’s useful info. Obviously his win ratio is 0 if he’s never won a race. But what are the win ratios like for the *other drivers*, especially the ones that are beating him on road courses?

  • tigeraid

    Thank you all for pointing out that there are tons of stockcar drivers who kick ass. I’ll also list Mark Martin, who won at Darlington last night–he’s a Daytona 24 Hrs winner, and has multiple wins on road courses in IROC, Nationwide and Cup.

    Funny, if you go in the opposite direction–very few road racers have ever had any success in stockcar racing.

    The only race Montoya won was a road course (although I think he’s improving every day and will break out with an oval win soon)..

    Casey Mears sucks…

    Dario Franchitti sucked…

    Jacques Villeneuve sucked…

    Christian Fittipaldi sucked beyond compare…

    Boris Said has shown a lot of promise but has yet to win anything…

    Max Papis sucks…

    Ron Fellows kicks ass but he only shows up for road course races, so we’ll never know…

    It’s also fun to point out that, in the entire history of the International Race of Champions, using 100% equally prepared cars where ONLY the driver matters–Formula 1 drivers have won a grand total of two races. In the entire series history. And one was Mario Andretti, and he wins everything, so it doesn’t really count. Every single time a bunch of European sports car and F1 drivers suit up in equal cars with stockcar drivers and Indy car drivers, they get their asses handed to them. On ovals AND road courses.

    As I’ve said time and time again, comparing one motorsport to the other in terms of skill is for idiots who don’t understand the complexities of motorsport. And it’s personally insulting to me and anyone else who participates in the sport.

    Stockcar racing is challenging–it’s just a different KIND of challenge to F1. Michael Schumacher cannot pilot a Top Fuel Dragster… Kyle Busch would be lost in a Swamp Buggy…. Max Papis would be a little lost in a Hydroplane… Different skills. Not more. Not less.

    Anyone who thinks we in stockcar racing “just turn left” has no understanding of the sport, or of physics. Every corner on every track is different, there’s just four of them instead of twelve (although some ovals have 5). We undergo g-forces that approach that of a Formula 1 car, often for more sustained period of time, and 150 degree cockpit temperatures, trying to muscle a 3600 lb car around a track with tires that are way way too small for the job. Oh and we do it while 42 other guys try to beat us.

    Grow up please. :roll:

  • http://www.virtualr.net Montoya

    I don’t agree that Max Papis sucks, he’s doing very respectable considering he doesn’t know most of the tracks.

    Another road racer I´ve completely forgotten that managed to make the switch is Marcos Ambrose. He’s been running some very solid races this season and was even plagued with some bad luck.

  • http://www.racinglinedevelopments.com the.cosmic.pope

    I don’t think Mears, Franchitti, Papis or Villeneuve sucks/ed.

  • tigeraid

    I’m a big Ambrose fan, he’s been doing awesome this season for such an underfunded team. You’ll notice I didn’t make an effort to make a “complete” list–unlike some uneducated morons, I know that there are drivers that can switch disciplines and do quite well.

    And I don’t mean that any of those drivers suck as drivers–the fact is, if you make it to any major form of motorsport, you’ve proven yourself and paid your dues. I mean that their performances on oval tracks in stockcars sucks. Despite being road racers, which according to some you have to be, in order to be any good at motosports.

  • GeraArg

    Do not forget to Juan Manuel Fangio II :sd: :sd: :sd: :sd: :tongue: :tongue: :tongue:

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