This Week in iRacing: May 28-June 3, 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 final regular week of 2024 Season 2, Week 12, from May 28th to June 3rd, 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.

IRACING INDY 500 – iRACING SPECIAL EVENT!

The next special event for the 2024 calendar is the return of the iRacing Indy 500. This iRacing special event is held in virtual Speedway, Indiana, at the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Members will utilize the Dallara IR-18 for the 500-mile, 200-lap oval racing event.

This weekend, from May 31st to June 2nd, there will be eight chances to participate in the online version of the World’s Greatest Spectacle, four with open setups and four with a fixed setup. Qualifying will take place separately during the week before, from May 28th to the 31st.

INDY 500 Schedule (OPEN SETUP): Saturday, 01:00 GMT, 13:00 GMT, and 17:00 GMT; Sunday, 13:00 GMT
INDY 500 Schedule (FIXED SETUP):
Saturday, 05:00 GMT, 09:00 GMT, and 21:00 GMT; Sunday, 17:00 GMT

For more information on the iRacing Indy 500 -> CLICK HERE & CHECK OUT OUR LATEST iRACING 101!
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 15 is set to take place at World Wide Technology Raceway, formerly known as Gateway, a 120-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 seventh week of competition, this week back on the streets on the Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle circuit, utilizing the Dallara IR-18 for 70 laps of racing.

Week 7 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 12 Schedule: 

  • Americas (Every ODD hour, :15 after): Long Beach Street Circuit
  • Asia-Pacific (Every EVEN hour, :45 after): Suzuka International Racing Course – Grand Prix
  • Europe (Every EVEN hour, :15 after): Knockhill Racing Circuit – International

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 12 Schedule:

  • BMW M Hybrid V8 at Circuit des 24 Heures du Mans

For more information on the BMW M Power Tour for Week 12 -> 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 8 Schedule:

  • Ferrari 296 GT3 at MotorLand Aragón – Grand Prix

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 12 Schedule:

  • GT1’s at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli – Grand Prix

NOTE: The iRacing Weekly Challenge will NOT return for 2024 iRacing Season 3. 

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 12 Schedule:

  • Ring Meister: Formula Vee at Nürburgring Nordschleife – Industriefahrten
  • Draft Master: NASCAR Next Gen Cup Series cars 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

In case you missed it, two new eSports were announced last week. The INDYCAR ButtKicker iRacing Pro Series is slated to start on September 19th, with Qualifying series taking place in July and August. The FIA F4 eSports Global Championship also starts in September, with members able to qualify for the series throughout the official races in 2024 iRacing Season 3, which begins in June.

For more information on the INDYCAR ButtKicker iRacing Pro Series -> CLICK HERE
For more information on the FIA F4 eSports Global Championship -> CLICK HERE

The eNASCAR Qualifying iRacing Series Round 1 wrapped up last week, and the top 70 drivers in the final standings have earned a chance to be invited to the second round of the series, which begins on June 27th at Chicagoland Speedway.

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

eNASCAR COCA-COLA iRACING SERIES

The ninth race of the 2024 eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series season takes the top-level series to Darlington Raceway for a Throwback extravaganza, the Sunoco 120. Casey Kirwan took the victory last season, a spin-and-win, if you will, while driving a throwback to Tony Stewart’s NASCAR Cup Series championship-winning scheme in 2011.

SUNOCO 120 | DARLINGTON RACE #9 – 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

Around The Community

Yes2Motorsport is teaming up with Jim Beaver eSports to present the third annual running of the VORTEX Misadventure Great Lakes 100 this week, on Thursday, May 30th, at Bark River International Raceway. A multi-class off-road team racing series, the VORTEX schedule will feature three events this season, this being the first. The multi-class off-road racing event, which will include four different vehicle classes, will last for 100 minutes, and will be broadcasted on Racecraft TV starting at 9:00 pm ET.

For more information on the VORTEX Misadventure Great Lakes 100 Presented by Jim Beaver eSports -> CLICK HERE

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