This Week in iRacing: March 26-April 1, 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 2024 Season 2 Week 3, from March 26th to April 1st, 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.

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 7 is set to take place at Richmond Raceway, a 200-lap event which utilizes the NASCAR Next Gen Stock Cars from Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota.

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

FIA F4 ESPORTS REGIONAL TOURS

FIA F4 Esports Regional Tour races are a little different this season and moving forward. These series move to an every two-hour format. 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 3 Schedule: 

  • Americas (Every ODD hour, :15 after): Road America – Full
  • Asia-Pacific (Every EVEN hour, :45 after): Winton Motor Raceway – Club
  • Europe (Every EVEN hour, :15 after): Rudskogen Motorsenter

For more information on the FIA F4 Esports Regional Tours -> CLICK HERE

BMW M POWER TOUR – FIXED SERIES

The BMW M Power Tour returns in 2024 in part thanks to a collaboration between BMW and iRacing. The fixed setup series features a varied selection of BMW M Motorsport cars competing across the world’s top tracks on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, every even two hours, with prizes on the line for the top three drivers in the overall standings at season’s end.

Week 3 Schedule:

  • [Legacy] BMW Z4 GT3 at Okayama International Circuit – Full Course

For more information on the BMW M Power Tour for Week 3 -> CLICK HERE

iRACING NURBURGRING ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP

The iRacing Nurburgring Endurance Championship returns for the first time in 2024 for a nine-race season spanning through the end of October. This is the first week of the competition. There will be four timeslots to compete in—Saturday, March 30th at 7:00 GMT or 17:30 GMT, and  Sunday, March 31st at 1:00 GMT or 13:00 GMT. Drivers will race on the Combined Gesamtstrecke VLN course.

Participants can choose between five different classes. GT3 includes the Audi R8 LMS EVO II, BMW M4, Ferrari 296, Mercedes-AMG, or Porsche 911 GT3 R (992). GT4includes the Aston Martin Vantage, BMW M4, and Porsche 718 Cayman. TCR includes the Honda Civic Type R TCR or Hyundai Elantra TCR. The Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (992) and Toyota GR86 will run as their own single car classes.

For more information on the iRacing Nurburgring Endurance Championship -> CLICK HERE

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 7 Track: Virginia International Raceway – Full Course

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 20:15 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 3 Schedule:

  • Super Formula Lights at Okayama International Circuit – Full Course

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 3 Schedule:

  • Ring Meister: Ligier JS P320 (LMP3) at Nürburgring Nordschleife – Industriefahrten
  • Draft Master: NASCAR 1987 Cup Cars at iRacing Superspeedway

OFF THIS WEEK

  • INDYCAR iRacing Series
    • Next Race -> April 16 at Long Beach Street Circuit (2024 Season 2, Week 5)

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

Official iRacing eSports

A full slate of iRacing eSports return this week, starting on Tuesday night with eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series action at The Action Track. Thursday will also host Richmond action with the eNASCAR Qualifying iRacing Series. On Saturday, Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup action returns for the penultimate race of 2024 at Imola.

eNASCAR COCA-COLA iRACING SERIES

The fourth race of the 2024 eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series season takes the 40 top eNASCAR drivers to Richmond Raceway on Tuesday night. The event will feature two-25-lap Heat races to set the field, then a 70-lap Feature race. Last season, Bobby Zalenski was victorious. Kollin Keister leads the way in the Segment 1 Standings, that of which ends on Tuesday night.

RICHMOND RACE #4 – BROADCAST STARTS WITH COUNTDOWN TO GREEN AT 7:30 PM ET (1:30 GMT)

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

eNASCAR QUALIFYING iRACING SERIES

As it’s been in the 2024 eNASCAR Qualifying iRacing Series season, the Truck-based series will once again mirror the Coke Series, but for the last time, as they also take on Richmond Raceway this Thursday. Nearly 800 drivers participated in the last race. Brian Mercurio won the last Top Split outing two weeks ago at Atlanta, while it’s Andrew Navarro leading the way in the overall standings.

RICHMOND RACE #4 – TOP SPLIT BROADCAST STARTS AT 8:00 PM ET (2:00 GMT)

For more details on the eNASCAR Road to Pro Ladder -> CLICK HERE

PORSCHE TAG HEUER ESPORTS SUPERCUP

Only two races remain in the 2024 Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup season. Through five events, Sebastian Job has been dominant, winning two Sprint races and three Feature races thus far. Diogo Pinto, however, still sits in range for an upset, 25 points behind despite having no victories yet in the season. The last time the series visited Imola was in 2021. Job won the Sprint race while Joshua Rogers wound up winning the Feature.

IMOLA RACE #6 – BROADCAST STARTS WITH ALL-STARS AT 2:00 PM ET (18:00 GMT) – SUPERCUP AT 3:00 PM ET (19:00 GMT)

For more details on the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup -> CLICK HERE

OFF THIS WEEK

  • eNASCAR College iRacing Series
    • Next Race -> Tuesday, April 16: Race #8 at Nashville Superspeedway

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

For more information on iRacing and for special offers, visit www.iracing.com.