Welcome back to This Week in iRacing, our weekly post that details all you need to know about what is going on in the world of iRacing!
It’s a special Week 13 edition of the post as the service gears up for the latest build and new content for members to enjoy. As always, This Week includes topics ranging from official eSports to some of the top community-driven events, and everything in between.
Here’s what you should know for Week 13 of 2023 Season 4, from December 5th to the 11th.
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. While many of the main series have ended their battles for Season 4, there will still be plenty to jump into during Week 13, both official and unofficial.
Here are a few of the highlighted series taking place this week.
WEEK 13 SERIES
On Tuesday, December 5th, the 2024 Season 1 build is scheduled to release with new content and updates across the service. Members who want to get in on the new content will get the chance to do so in some of our curated week-long series. New content this build includes the the Audi R8 LMS EVO II GT3, the Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello, and Slinger Speedway. For Oval racers in particular, Phase 1 of the Oval Refresh is to be shipped with the build, and will also feature in the Week 13 festivities.
New Content and Features Series for 2023 Season 4 Week 13:
- 13th Week GT3 Challenge – Fixed: GT3s (includes Audi R8 LMS EVO II GT3, Mugello)
- 13th Week Shiny New Shakedown: Super Late Model at Slinger
- 13th Week Ridiculousness: Mugello and NDM cars (HPD ARX-01c, Lotus 79, Street Stock)
- 13th Week iRacing Xfinity Challenge: Oval Refresh – Phase 1
For more information regarding the Week 13 schedule -> CLICK HERE
IMSA ESPORTS OPEN CHALLENGE -> TIME ATTACK!
Announced just before the third round of the IMSA Esports Global Challenge at Sebring, the final round of the 2023 IMSA Esports Global Championship at Daytona International Speedway on December 16th will feature a support race titled the IMSA Esports iRacing Open Challenge, a 20-minute GT4 event featuring 25 drivers among five different GT4 cars.
From December 6th to the 10th, Time Attack sessions will be available for members to attempt to qualify for the event. The five cars included will be the Aston Martin Vantage GT4, BMW M4 GT4, McLaren 570S GT4, Mercedes-AMG GT4, and the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR. Each car will have a Time Attack to take part in. The fastest five eligible times for each car will be invited to race.
Members may attempt to qualify for multiple cars to try and get a spot on the grid, but those who have competed in the Global Championship are not permitted entry.
For more information regarding the IMSA Esports iRacing Open Challenge -> CLICK HERE
WINTER NASCAR iRACING SERIES
There’s no NASCAR iRacing Series until the 2024 NASCAR Cup Series season begins, so in its place for the winter is the Winter NASCAR iRacing Series (WNiS), a similarly-structured fixed and open setup series which will utilize the 1987 NASCAR Cup Series cars. Week 5 will feature the 1987 cars at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The races this week are scheduled for:
Fixed Schedule: Wednesday, 21:00 GMT; Friday, 02:00 GMT; Saturday, 10:00 and 17:00 GMT; Monday, 02:00 GMT
Open Schedule: Thursday, 02:00 and 19:00 GMT; Saturday, 02:00 GMT; Sunday, 15:00 GMT
For more information on the Winter NASCAR iRacing Series -> CLICK HERE
Official iRacing eSports
As the calendar year comes to a close, most of the official iRacing eSports are either on hiatus or gearing up for their 2024 seasons. IMSA Esports only has one race to go, in the middle of December. The eNASCAR College iRacing Series won’t return until January 2024. Before the end of the year, however, there will be three more iRacing World of Outlaws events to watch, the next one scheduled for Monday night.
iRACING WORLD OF OUTLAWS THRUSTMASTER SPRINT CAR SERIES
Thrustmaster is onboard for the 2023-24 season of the iRacing World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series. The top of the standings were shook last week when the incoming points leader, Alex Bergeron, failed to qualify for the feature race. Timothy Smith had a perfect night, leading every lap after putting down the fastest lap in qualifying, winning convincingly at Williams Grove. Next up for the top ranked dirt oval drivers is a trip to Lincoln Speedway, also in Pennsylvania, for Race #4 of the season.
LINCOLN SPEEDWAY RACE #4 – BROADCAST STARTS AT 9:00 PM ET (02:00 GMT)
For more details on the World of Outlaws Thrustmaster Sprint Car Series -> CLICK HERE
OFF THIS WEEK
- IMSA Esports Global Challenge
- Next Race -> Saturday, December 15: Race #4 at Daytona International Speedway
- eNASCAR College iRacing Series
- Next Race -> Tuesday, January 23: Race #5 at Michigan International Speedway
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