This Week in iRacing: April 16-22, 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 6, from April 16th to April 22nd, 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 10 is set to take place at Talladega Superspeedway, a 94-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

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 third week of competition this week. Back on the streets, the series takes on Long Beach, 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

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 6 Schedule: 

  • Americas (Every ODD hour, :15 after): Willow Springs International Raceway – Big Willow
  • Asia-Pacific (Every EVEN hour, :45 after): Suzuka International Racing Course – West w/chicane
  • Europe (Every EVEN hour, :15 after): Circuito de Jerez – Ángel Nieto – Grand Prix

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 6 Schedule:

  • BMW M4 GT3 at Algarve International Circuit – Grand Prix

For more information on the BMW M Power Tour for Week 6 -> CLICK HERE

iRACING NURBURGRING ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP

The iRacing Nurburgring Endurance Championship returns for the second time in 2024, a nine-race season spanning through the end of October. There will be four timeslots to compete in—Saturday, April 20th at 7:00 GMT or 17:30 GMT, and Sunday, April 21st 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

RAIN MASTER

Announced in Week 5 of 2024 Season 2, Rain Master is the latest Special Series on iRacing. For the remaining eight weeks in 2024 Season 2, those looking for some wet weather racing can jump into the Ferrari 296 GT3 at eight different road courses around the world. The forecasts will include light rain throughout.

Week 2 Schedule:

  • Ferrari 296 GT3 at Sonoma Raceway – NASCAR Short

For more information on Rain Master -> CLICK HERE

iRACING WEEKLY CHALLENGE

One of iRacing’s latest new series concepts 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 6 Schedule:

  • Legends Ford ’34 Coupe at Sonoma Raceway – NASCAR Short

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 now heads to Talladega for the middle four weeks of 2024 Season 2.

Week 6 Schedule:

  • Ring Meister: BMW M8 GTE at Nürburgring Nordschleife – Industriefahrten
  • Draft Master: NASCAR Craftsman Trucks at Talladega Superspeedway

Official iRacing eSports

For now, it’s all about eNASCAR in the official iRacing eSports universe. While the Coca-Cola iRacing Series and the Qualifying iRacing Series are both off this week, both returning at Dover next week, the eNASCAR College iRacing Series will wrap up its Regular Season with a trip to another concrete venue–Nashville Superspeedway.

eNASCAR COLLEGE iRACING SERIES

The eighth and final Regular Season race of the 2024 eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series season takes the 40 top-rated collegiate iRacers to Nashville Superspeedway for 90 laps of racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series vehicles. Garrett Lowe took the most recent victory in the series last month, holding off Elliot White and Daniel Faulkingham at the line. The last time the series visited Nashville in 2022, Steven Wilson was victorious.

NASHVILLE SS RACE #8 – 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, April 23: Race #6 at Dover Motor Speedway
  • eNASCAR Qualifying iRacing Series
    • Next Race -> Thursday, April 25: Race #6 at Dover Motor Speedway

For more details on the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series -> CLICK HERE
For more details on the eNASCAR Road to Pro Ladder -> CLICK HERE

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