This Week in iRacing: March 19-25, 2024

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!

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 the second week of 2024 Season 2, Week 2, from March 19th to March 25th, 2024.

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.

SEBRING 12 HOUR – iRACING SPECIAL EVENT!

The next special event for the 2024 calendar is the iRacing Sebring 12 powered by VCO. Inspired by the real-world Sebring 12 Hour event on the Sebring International Raceway, this year’s iRacing special event will feature the usual array of vehicles among the GTP, LMP2 and GTD (GT3) classes. Also, do note that all cars in the field will be rain enabled…

This weekend, from March 22nd to the 24th, there will be four chances to participate in the multi-class endurance event. Team racing is enabled, and at least two drivers per team are required to classify.

SEBRING 12 Schedule: Friday, 22:00 GMT; Saturday, 07:00 GMT, 12:00 GMT, and 16:00 GMT

For more information on the iRacing Sebring 12 -> CLICK HERE
For more information on the 2024 iRacing Special Events calendar -> CLICK HERE

NASCAR iRACING SERIES

Back in 2024, the NASCAR iRacing Series (Open Setup and Fixed Setup) follows the NASCAR Cup Series schedule for a 36-week racing season. Week 6 is set to take place at Circuit of the Americas this week, utilizing the NASCAR Next Gen Stock Cars from Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota. This week will utilize the Sports Car license for iRating splits.

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 19:00 GMT; Saturday, 01:00 GMT; Sunday, 14:00 GMT

For more information on the NASCAR iRacing Series -> CLICK HERE

INDYCAR iRACING SERIES

With the return of INDYCAR, the INDYCAR iRacing Series (Open Setup) predominantly follows the real world INDYCAR schedule. It will have full length races on road courses while utilizing amended race distances for the ovals during the 16-week racing season. The series returns for it’s second week of competition this week. It’s the first Oval of the year. Auto Club Speedway, once again utilizing the Dallara IR-18.

Schedule: Thursday, 01:00 GMT; Friday, 20:00 GMT, Saturday, 18:00 GMT; Sunday, 02:00 GMT

For more information on the INDYCAR iRacing Series -> 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. Europe North and Europe South have combined into one singular Europe region in 2024 Season 2.

Week 2 Schedule: 

  • Americas: Autódromo José Carlos Pace – Grand Prix
  • Asia-Pacific: Fuji International Speedway – Grand Prix
  • Europe: Red Bull Ring – Grand Prix

RACING PRODIGY MAZDA SPEC MX-5 GOLDEN TICKET SERIES

For a special seven-week series that spans the end of 2024 Season 1 and 2024 Season 2, Racing Prodigy will have an official road racing series (a Sports Car licensed series once the road license split happens) for their Mazda Spec MX-5 Golden Ticket Series. The top-48 leaders in the final points from the series advance to enter the Series Finals which start on Sunday, April 7.

While the ranked series is open to all iRacing members to participate in, those looking to enter for Racing Prodigy’s program need a Racing Prodigy Membership (RPM), either the PRL iRacing Game Pass or the PRL Combo Game Pass will suffice in order to be considered for the top-48. The car that will be used is the legacy Mazda MX-5 from 2010.

There will be seven time slots to participate in every weekend during the seven-week series:

  • Friday:
    • 5:00 p.m. ET / 21:00 GMT
  •  Saturday:
    • 5:00 a.m. ET / 09:00 GMT
    • 12:00 p.m. ET / 16:00 GMT
    • 5:00 p.m. ET / 21:00 GMT
  •  Sunday:
    • 5:00 a.m. ET / 09:00 GMT
    • 12:00 p.m. ET / 16:00 GMT
    • 5:00 p.m. ET / 21:00 GMT

Week 6 Track: Oulton Park Circuit – International

For more information on the Racing Prodigy Mazda Spec MX-5 Golden Ticket Series -> CLICK HERE

iRACING WEEKLY CHALLENGE

iRacing’s latest new series concept returns for 2024 Season 2—the iRacing Weekly Challenge. If you’re into all forms of road racing, this is the series for you—it’s 12 weeks of different car and track combinations, with no repeats on either, for a season-long championship. Prove you’re the best at everything from sports cars to open-wheel racers on a global tour of some of iRacing’s most popular circuits.

Each week will feature points races every hour, leading up to a main event on Sunday at 20:00 GMT that features splits by weekly points. Races will be 20 minutes long and are open to iRacers with Class D licenses and higher. A separate set of points will also be tracked for the top splits of the Sunday main events on their own landing page. In addition, $5 in iRacing credits will be awarded each week to a random driver who makes the top split of the Sunday main event.

Week 2 Schedule:

  • Hyundai Elantra N TCR at Long Beach Street Circuit

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. This season, the setups are fixed in both series, which means it’s all about jumping in and racing the combination at hand.

The Ring Meister Ricmotech Series (Races on every odd 2 hours | Qualifying every even 2 hours at :30) 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 now three tracks—Daytona International Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway, and now iRacing Superspeedway as of 2024 Season 2—and now four NASCAR vehicles—the 2009 Impala COT, Craftsman Trucks, 1987 Cup cars and the current-day Next Gen—that each track will cycle through. This series will take on the new track, iRacing Superspeedway in the first four weeks of 2024 Season 2.

Week 2 Schedule:

  • Ring Meister: Renault Clio at Nürburgring Nordschleife – Industriefahrten
  • Draft Master: NASCAR Craftsman Trucks at iRacing Superspeedway

Official iRacing eSports

This week is light on the eSports side of the sim. Last week had three of the official series on the menu, but this week, it’s only the College Series taking on Talladega on Tuesday night.

eNASCAR COLLEGE iRACING SERIES

The seventh race of the 2023-24 eNASCAR College iRacing Series takes the 40 top-rated collegiate iRacers to Talladega Superspeedway for 60 laps of racing in the NASCAR Craftsman Trucks. Matthew Zwack took the most recent victory in the series last month after holding off the likes of Daniel Faulkingham, Logan Clampitt, and others at Darlington. This is the series’ first trip to the 2.66-mile venue.

TALLADEGA RACE #7 – BROADCAST STARTS AT 8:00 PM ET (00:00 GMT)

For more details on the eNASCAR College iRacing Series -> CLICK HERE

OFF THIS WEEK

  • eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series
    • Next Race -> Tuesday, March 26: Race #4 at Richmond Raceway
  • eNASCAR Qualifying iRacing Series
    • Next Race -> Thursday, March 28: Race #4 at Richmond Raceway
  • Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup
    • Next Race -> Saturday, March 30: Race #6 at Imola Circuit

For more details on the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series -> CLICK HERE
For more details on the eNASCAR Road to Pro Ladder -> CLICK HERE
For more details on the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup -> CLICK HERE

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