This Week in iRacing: May 21-27, 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 11, from May 21st to May 27th, 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 – COKE 600 | iRACING SPECIAL EVENT!

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 14 is set to take place at Charlotte Motor Speedway, a 400-lap event which utilizes the NASCAR Next Gen Stock Cars from Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota. This is the second of four full-length special events on the 2024 NASCAR iRacing Series calendar.

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
For more information on the iRacing Coke 600 -> 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 sixth week of competition, this week back on the oval at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for a 125-lap event, utilizing the Dallara IR-18. This is separate from the iRacing Special Event scheduled for next week, the iRacing Indy 500, which will be a full 200-lap event in both open and fixed environments.

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 11 Schedule: 

  • Americas (Every ODD hour, :15 after): Watkins Glen International – Classic Boot
  • Asia-Pacific (Every EVEN hour, :45 after): Winton Motor Raceway – National Circuit
  • Europe (Every EVEN hour, :15 after): Algarve International Circuit – 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 11 Schedule:

  • BMW M4 GT4 at Nürburgring Nordschleife – Industriefahrten

For more information on the BMW M Power Tour for Week 11 -> 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 7 Schedule:

  • Ferrari 296 GT3 at Okayama International Circuit – 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 11 Schedule:

  • Toyota GR86 at Fuji International Speedway – Grand Prix

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 Daytona for the final four weeks of 2024 Season 2.

Week 11 Schedule:

  • Ring Meister: Radical SR8 at Nürburgring Nordschleife – Industriefahrten
  • Draft Master: NASCAR 1987 Legends at Daytona International Speedway

OFF THIS WEEK

  • CREVENTIC Endurance Series
    • Next Race -> June 28 at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli – Grand Prix (2024 Season 3, Week 3)
  • iRacing Nurburgring Endurance Championship
    • Next Race -> July 13th and July 14th (2024 Season 3, Week 5)

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

Official iRacing eSports

eNASCAR is back on the menu this week as the top level series and the first rung of the Road to Pro ladder return, both at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

eNASCAR COCA-COLA iRACING SERIES

The eighth race of the 2024 eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series season takes the top-level series to America’s Home for Racing, Charlotte Motor Speedway. Tucker Minter is tired of being the bridesmaid this season, having three second place finishes in the last four races, the other being a third place run. What better track to break into victory lane than the venue of his second career victory, which came last season in a brawl against Casey Kirwan, Jimmy Mullis, Matt Bussa, and Garrett Manes.

COCA-COLA 160 | CHARLOTTE RACE #8 – 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

The eNASCAR Qualifying iRacing Series concludes on Thursday night with the final race of Round 1 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The top 70 drivers will be eligible for a chance at advancing to the second round of the series, where from there, the top 20 will be eligible to move on to the eNASCAR Contender iRacing Series.

Nearly 400 drivers participated in the last race at Darlington Raceway. Logan Clampitt took the victory in the Top Split. Following Darlington, Brian Mercurio has all but clinched the title over Joe M Armstrong. Armstrong would need more than 335 points at least to have a chance, not considering what Mercurio scores in the finale. A second split win two weeks ago netter Armstrong 376 points, so it is plausible.

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

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

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