This Week in iRacing: April 23-29, 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 7, from April 23rd to April 29th, 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 11 is set to take place at Dover Motor Speedway, 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

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 fourth week of competition this week at Barber Motorsports Park, 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 7 Schedule: 

  • Americas (Every ODD hour, :15 after): Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course – Full Course
  • Asia-Pacific (Every EVEN hour, :45 after): Oran Park Raceway – Grand Prix
  • Europe (Every EVEN hour, :15 after): Circuit Zandvoort – Nationaal

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

iRACING CREVENTIC ENDURANCE SERIES

The iRacing CREVENTIC Endurance Series, one of iRacing’s longest-standing team racing challenges, returns in 2024 with a four race schedule through the end of the year. In partnership with CREVENTIC, the organizers of the real-world 24H Series and iRacing’s 24H Series Esports Endurance League, this series of 12-hour endurance events brings a full slate of GT and touring cars to some of the world’s most iconic tracks. The first venue on the calendar is the Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello – Grand Prix.

Competitors can choose between three different classes, featuring the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (992), GT4 cars, and TCR cars. GT4 racers have the choice of the Aston Martin Vantage, BMW M4, McLaren 570S, Mercedes-AMG, and Porsche 718 Cayman. TCR teams can select the Audi RS 3 LMS TCR, Honda Civic Type R, Hyundai Elantra N TCR, or Hyundai Veloster TCR.

Race 1 Schedule: Saturday, 01:00 and 13:00 GMT

For more information on the iRacing CREVENTIC Endurance Series -> 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 7 Schedule:

  • [Legacy] BMW Z4 GT3 at Motorsport Arena Oschersleben – Grand Prix

For more information on the BMW M Power Tour for Week 7 -> 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 fixed setup 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 3 Schedule:

  • Ferrari 296 GT3 at WeatherTech Raceway at Laguna Seca – Full Course

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 7 Schedule:

  • Lucas Oil Off Road Pro 2 Truck at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

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 7 Schedule:

  • Ring Meister: Stock Car Brasil Chevrolet Cruze at Nürburgring Nordschleife – Industriefahrten
  • Draft Master: NASCAR Legends 1987 Cup Cars at Talladega Superspeedway

Official iRacing eSports

Once again, eNASCAR takes center stage in the official iRacing eSports world, switching over from College one week ago to the top level series this week. Dover Motor Speedway hosts two races this week between the Coca-Cola Series and the Qualifying Series.

eNASCAR COCA-COLA iRACING SERIES

The sixth race of the 2024 eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series season takes the top-level series to the “Monster Mile”, with 120 laps scheduled at Dover Motor Speedway. Nick Ottinger is looking for his first win of the 2024 season, and comes in a favorite having won the last three races at the venue. Through five previous races, there have been five different winners, so playoff spots are starting to dwindle with more than half of the regular season still remaining.

DOVER RACE #6 – 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

Once again, the eNASCAR Qualifying iRacing Series returns to the same schedule as the Coke Series, heading to Dover Motor Speedway on Thursday night for the sixth race of the eight-race Round 1 season.

Nearly 600 drivers participated in the last race at Texas Motor Speedway. Blaze Crawford won the Texas Top Split. Following Texas, Brian Mercurio leads the way in the overall standings without factoring in the drop.

DOVER RACE #6 – TOP SPLIT BROADCAST STARTS AT 8:00 PM ET (2:00 GMT)

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

OFF THIS WEEK

  • eNASCAR College iRacing Series
    • Next Race -> Friday, May 3: Race #9 at Homestead-Miami Speedway

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

Around The Community

This week, Blake McCandless’s ‘The Rockingham 508’ benefitting The Dale Jr Foundation returns for a third straight year. Utilizing the 1987 NASCAR Cup Legends cars, community members will have the opportunity to race against well-known, real-world drivers at Rockingham Speedway on Wednesday, April 24th. Qualifying starts on Monday night at 7:00 pm ET. The action will be live on twitch.tv/ftf_gg.

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