iRacing.com – Indycars Coming Soon?

Here’s an interesting new rumor for open-wheel fans as hints are popping up, suggesting that iRacing could be adding the United States’ most popular open-wheel series to their simulation in the future.

Indycar fans visting the series’ official homepage are currently getting a special deal from iRacing, being able to subscribe for three months for $25. Furthermore, iRacing is now the sponsor of the series’ RaceControl video streaming site.

This raises the question which content in iRacing would be able to attract the Indycar crowd. Most open-wheel racing fans aren’t much in favour of stock car racing, a category which makes up a big part of iRacing’s content portfolio. There are two minor class open-wheelers in the simulation, but it’s doubtful if that would be enough to interest real open-wheel fanatics.

The addition of high-profile open wheel cars would almost complete iRacing’s lineup of American racing cars as the sim already offers cars from all three NASCAR divisions, a Grand Am prototype and plenty of American tracks. Machinery from the American Le Mans series will also join the simulation soon…making open-wheelers the last big gap in terms of American content.

GTOmegaRacing.com

  • http://www.virtualr.net Montoya

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    Discussion is encouraged, that’s what the comments are for. But please do it in an adult manner.

  • navalhawkeye

    I have a feeling they are going to announce it pretty soon. In one of the blogs that one of the developers does, he said they have a big announcement, and the hint being that it has to do with May. The biggest event in May is of course the Indy 500.

  • Gabkicks

    this is very nice :)I’d like to see the developers more forward in development of the physics. race groove, marbles, heat etc. i want a more dynamic racing experience due to the car and track changing.

    IRL would be nice, but i want some nice tintops to race ASAP. I need the mustang and ford gt badly!

  • lauhriz

    i really hope this is true.. That’s something biggest i’ve expect… crossed fingers here :happy:

  • Klaas Jan

    IIRC there is footage of a champcar in the iracing website opening movie..

  • Raikku

    When we get that C6R? I need a vette…

  • Mark

    navalhawkeye: …………. The biggest event in May is of course the Indy 500.

    Monaco :wink:

    ,

  • UncleChuckle

    And they’ll only cost slightly less than a real Indycar!

    Mark: Absolutely. The Indy 500 stopped being relevant well over a decade ago. Some may even say as far back as the 60’s. (Once the likes of Jim Clark stopped coming.)

  • navalhawkeye

    To be honest, I doubt the first major racing event in May that most people think of is the Monaco GP. I would say 75% would say the Indy 500. Plus, I highly doubt iRacing has a F1 contract. Also, John Henry said that a major open wheel oval series is coming…can’t give a much bigger hint than that.

  • xilix

    They’re certainly getting ambitious. I think iRacing knows that if they stand still they’re dead in the water. This is good, because even though I can’t afford iRacing, and I also have severe issues about their past legal disputes, I still think that a service like this has been needed for a very long time, in order for there to be a place for those of us who want to avoid the young punks who’ve saturated the sim community with hatred, disrespect and apathy.

    Whether you like them or not, the fact remains that it’s hard to find a place that offers the same level of seriousness when it comes to sim racing.

  • Tifose

    “If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”

    Montoya:
    Since the comments in the last iRacing story have spun somewhat out of control, please keep any comments on this topic clean this time.
    Discussion is encouraged, that’s what the comments are for. But please do it in an adult manner.

  • http://www.virtualr.net Montoya

    Freedom of speech has nothing to do with cheap insults and childish behaviour.

    You´re free to voice your opinion, all that is asked is to do it in a civilised manner.

  • http://arseforums.com/phpBB/ r8response

    Adding IRL to the iRacing franchise makes perfect sense. They’ve already got the majority of the Ovals in place, and probably the rest in various states of completion.

    Therefore they’d only need a handful of road courses and you’d have a entire season

  • eddiespag

    I just walked in the door from three days at the Long Beach Grand Prix. It was quite a fun filled event. In the ‘Expo Center’, iRacing had a significant presence there, with several simulators and kind and knowledgable associates. I met Sean Siff, Event Marketing Specialist, where we spoke at great lengths about the many virtues of iRacing’s business model and content. He impressed me not only with his commitment but with his passion as well. It seemed to permeate through the rest of the iRacing crew as well. I tell you, after sampling some of the content on a particular top notch race rig (believe me it’s not necessary to get the fullest immersion and enjoyment out of it, but it was cool none the less), I was sucked into the world of motorsports, such was my intense concentration and focus. I couldn’t help it, which tells me this program is created without any compromises or concessions to false pretenses. It will definitely be fantastic for sure if iRacing directs it’s efforts to IndyRacing. If both entities make a deal and collaborate, it will be taken to the next ‘step up the ladder’ and truly be amazing.

  • AeroMechanical

    That’s good news. I hope it turn out to be true.

  • fpol

    navalhawkeye:
    To be honest, I doubt the first major racing event in May that most people think of is the Monaco GP. I would say 75% would say the Indy 500.

    That’s correct here in the U.S. but wonder if that holds world wide (you said 75% as though it means the entire planet). Everyone’s different – when someone says the first big race of the year – I think Daytona 24hrs – NASCAR fans think Daytona 500.

    Anyway – has anyone seen that there is a Tony George Jr of Indianapolis as a member at iRacing? Makes you wonder huh? Well – they have the right tracks, so Indy cars seem a definite possibility. Although it hasn’t been released yet, Long Beach was scanned a couple of years ago. …oh well, they’re the ugliest open wheel cars around, but i guess they’d be fun. I Wonder what they’d replace though? It’s not like there’s been much luck filling the upper level races on a regular basis unless you’re the type who basically sets your night around one possible race.

  • Tony_A

    “Indycar fans visting the series’ official homepage are currently getting a special deal from iRacing, being able to subscribe for three months for $25.”

    What? Where?

    I don’t see any iRacing deal/promo like that on indycar.com

    I’d consider trying iRacing @ $25 for 3 months.

  • altrezia

    Cool – Hope this is real news. Fingers crossed.

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

    They have been dropping hints for a little while now, so I’d be surprised if it wasn’t true. :D

  • FooAtari

    UncleChuckle:
    And they’ll only cost slightly less than a real Indycar!
    Mark: Absolutely. The Indy 500 stopped being relevant well over a decade ago. Some may even say as far back as the 60’s. (Once the likes of Jim Clark stopped coming.)

    You do know that the Indy 500 is the largest attended single day sporting event in the world?

    I’ve watched F1 for many many years, although I stopped rating it as the best motorsport a few years ago now. Being from the UK you would probably think I assoiciate May with Monaco, but I don’t, I associate it with the Indy 500. I’ve always rated Spa as the best F1 race. It’s one of the few “real” racing circuits left on the F1 calander.

    Anyway, on-topic, this is pretty cool news. I’ve found iRacing to be a bit expensive for me, but if they were to expand it to include more varity in cars and tracks I might be convinced to subscribe.

  • jux

    Tony_A:
    “Indycar fans visting the series’ official homepage are currently getting a special deal from iRacing, being able to subscribe for three months for $25.”
    What? Where?
    I don’t see any iRacing deal/promo like that on indycar.com
    I’d consider trying iRacing @ $25 for 3 months.

    I think the promo code was mentioned in the Race Control system. You’ll need to register to open the RC, though.

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

    Raikku:
    When we get that C6R? I need a vette…

    The Corvette C6.R GT1 was planned for a summer release (before June iirc) but that may have changed now, I don’t know. Maybe Tim can shed more light on that.

    For the next season (starting in 2 weeks) the Spec Racer Ford and NASCAR Chevrolet Impala SS Nationwide car will be released.

  • moppenheimer

    i bet the c6r will come at the beginning of the next season

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

    The begining of next season is 2 weeks away. I highly doubt it’ll be ready for then. But I’d love to be wrong.

  • commodore

    Indy cars? More like Indy car. I’m so disappointed with today’s series. Why are there only single-make series? The only free series I know of are fford and f1. That’s really failish.

  • S.Moss

    Both Indy and Monaco are important as each other they are part of the Triple Crown of motorsport :wink:

  • http://timwheatley.org Tim Wheatley (iRacing)

    the.cosmic.pope:
    The begining of next season is 2 weeks away. I highly doubt it’ll be ready for then. But I’d love to be wrong.

    I don’t think the Corvette will be available within 2 weeks.

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

    Well there it is straight from the horses mouth. :) Thanks Tim.

    But we still get the Spec Racer Ford and Nationwide car very soon.

  • superapex

    That’s what I think he’s implying.

    Tim, by omission, does that mean the Spec Racer Ford will be available within two weeks?

    If so, I’m signing back up!

    Thanks!

  • http://timwheatley.org Tim Wheatley (iRacing)

    That is the plan at the moment.

  • Tony_A

    jux:

    I think the promo code was mentioned in the Race Control system. You’ll need to register to open the RC, though.

    Registered–still nothing.

    There’s an iRacing ad on the racecontrol page, but clicking it only brings me to iRacing’s normal website–and normal pricing.

  • moppenheimer

    i meant the season after the one that starts in 2 weeks

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