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Real Vs. Virtual – Road America

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

Number 11 in the series is from Road America. Thanks again to Jay Bonvouloir for his generous permission to use his excellent source photography.

The iRacing recreations come by way of the iRacing Road America 200, which was a special race event in the 2010 iRacing World Tour. You can read my post on the iRacing Road America 200 by clicking here.

A static page containing all the source images can be seen here, and you can see the previous sets in the series by clicking here.

World Tour Visits Road America

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

The start of the iRacing Road America 200 Road America 200 results (iRacing members only!)

The iRacing World Tour continued with the Road America 200, 50 laps with the Nationwide Impala B at Road America. I had a decent quali and was set to start 22nd in the main event (which was broadcast on

It was a pretty aggressive start with not a lot of room being given by anyone. That said, I managed to get through the first few turns without major incident. That soon changed after I was hit during braking into turn 5 (I think a car came spinning out of control from way way back) and I dropped to the back of the pack, but luckily my car seemed to be OK from the contact.

I raced on, picking up a few spots up to 14th but disaster struck on lap 18 – my PC overheated and crashed! First time its happened and couldn’t have occured at a worse time!

I scrambled to reboot the box and rejoined the race – 2 laps down and in 21st position. The worst thing was that there was no-one else on the same lap as me so basically I was in a race all by myself. I raced on, picking up positions from retirements and finished in 14th place and with no extra incidents. A pretty good result, but I was on track for an easy top ten had the PC not crashed.

Started : 22nd of 34
Finished : 14th, 3 laps down, 127 points (4 incident pts)
iRating : +14
Safety Rating : A/4.99 (no change)

The next round in the World Tour features the Lotus 79 at Silverstone. Not my favourite car, and not my favourite track, but I’ll still be racing to see what happens.

Leaving a mark at Talladega…

Sunday, April 25th, 2010
I don't think this is going to end well... (I'm far left)

I don't think this is going to end well... (I'm far left)

The next two events in the World Tour were the double events at Talladega, to coincide with the real world races in the Nationwide and Sprint Cup series respectively.

I went into both races with the same approach – just stay at the back of whatever pack I was in, try to keep single file as much as possible and when double file leave ample space to account for any sudden moves by anyone.

It worked ‘reasonably’ well – certainly better than the Daytona 500 event, but still managed to pick up a huge number of incidents, and in both races I was wrecked out with less than 25 laps to go! Talladega 312 results (iRacing members only!)

Started : 31st of 33
Finished : 25th, 24 laps down, DNF (8 incidents)
iRating : -43
Safety Rating : A/4.01 (-0.17) Talladega 499 results (iRacing members only!)

Started :
23rd of 33
Finished : 20th, 20 laps down, DNF (12 incidents)
iRating : -20
Safety Rating : A/3.45 (-0.56)