Please Note: You will also need to sign up to the iRacing League Page here in order to complete your registration. This form allows leage administrators and broadcasters to prepare for the series, however you can not race until after you have been accepted on the league page.
|Homestead Miami Speedway||21st March 2015||228||6PM GMT|
|Sebring (Modified)||4th April 2015||85||6PM GMT|
|Pocono Raceway||11th April 2015||200||6PM GMT|
|Phoenix International Raceway||18th April 2015||225||6PM GMT|
|Barber Motorsports Park||25th April 2015||68||6PM GMT|
|Brand Hatch Indy||1st May 2015||165||6PM GMT|
|IMS Road||10th May 2015||50||4PM GMT|
|Road America||16th May 2015||38||6PM GMT|
|Circuit Zolder||30th May 2015||53||6PM GMT|
|Texas Motor Speedway||6th June 2015||250||6PM GMT|
|Montreal||13th June 2015||50||6PM GMT|
|Laguna Seca||20th June 2015||65||6PM GMT|
|Auto Club Speedway||27th June 2015||250||6PM GMT|
|The Milwaukee Mile||11th July 2015||250||6PM GMT|
|Iowa Speedway||19th July 2015||250||4PM GMT|
|Watkins Glen International||25th July 2015||45||6PM GMT|
|Mid Ohio Sports Car Course||1st August 2015||68||6PM GMT|
|2015 ISOWC Indy 500||16th August 2015||200||4PM GMT|
|Sonoma Raceway||29th August 2015||64||6PM GMT|
Well, here we are. 5 years after setting on a quest to create a series that would be remembered for being unique, exciting, and most of all welcoming to run in, we arrive at the 5th season of the ISOWC IndyCar Series. This year rolls the lessons learned, both good and bad of the last 4 together, to create a series both drivers and fans will want to be a part of.
The ISOWC is different from it’s competition in that it requires drivers to run full length distance events on the ovals, and events close to 2 hours on the road courses. It’s a model which has seen drivers have to evolve mentally, physically and strategically, and the series holds a distinction for providing clean, safe racing along the way. How can we say that? Well in 2011, the High Banks of Texas saw the first Green Flag run in season history longer than 300 miles. In 2012, the series saw the fastest ever Indy 500 in iRacing history, and a green flag run of 309.8 Miles at Motegi. 2013 saw the most winners in a single season in season history, with on average 4 cautions per oval race, and 2014 saw a total of 48 (Yup 48!) lead changes at Auto Club Speedway, with again long green flag runs and respect being the order of the day.
When drivers do step out of line, the ISOWC has the most detailed rulebook in iRacing to fall back on, setting out exactly what’s expected, and what will land drivers on suspension. Drivers know that poor on and off track behavior will see them suspended, or banned for life. The series isn’t about who’s necessarily the fastest, as the depth of field Is such that drivers of all abilities can enjoy racing. All drivers however share one common theme. A commitment to treat their fellow competitors in a fair and courteous manner.
Add on one of the best broadcasting crews in Sim Racing, the most realistic Indy 500 qualifying weekend in Sim Racing (With the best coverage), extensive marketing and amazing promotional work by our partners, and the ISOWC IndyCar series is THE place to race.
Once again, wherever we have the track (Except for Indy), we’ll run it on the same weekend or as close to possible. With iRacing making a big deal over the Road Warrior Endurance events (And RaceSpot broadcasting it), there’s a need for a bit more moving around. There may be a need to move the Mid Ohio Race therefore, as it clashes with the 24 Hours of Spa.
Where we don’t have the track, I’ve plugged the gaps wherever logical and possible to give a balanced schedule, and a variety of tracks. The schedule, when allowing for the three double point Triple Crown events, is perfectly balanced points wise, hence there being more road courses than ovals. Once again this year, I’ve gone with 75% race distance on Road Courses, and 100% race distance on Ovals.
The majority of races will take place at 6PM UTC on Saturdays. For all intents and purposes, this is also 6PM GMT. Therefore, the summer races will start at 7PM UK time, or 2PM on the East Coast. This timeslot worked well last year, and means that as many drivers as possible can participate. It also means that more races can be broadcasted. Some events will run at 4PM UTC on Sundays where it is not plausible for them to be held on Saturday for other reasons, such as Verizon IndyCar Series Scheduling, or Road Warrior Endurance events.
Qualifying / Transfer etc.
All rounds of the championship (Except Indy, and when I’m away, for which I’ll give prior notice) will have 2 sessions. The first is a practice / qualifying session, which will be followed by a second session, comprising a warm up and a race. This is to ensure that there is ample opportunity for people to race, and spots are not unnecessarily taken up by those who don’t actually want to race. It’ll also make broadcasts that little bit slicker not having to include all those people in the overlays, tickers etc.
For the first round of the season, and where grid spots will be limited, there will be TWO for practice / qualifying, however only one for the race. In a nutshell, the top drivers will qualify, the ones who either fail to qualify / are too slow won’t. There will be NO guaranteed spots, and NO transfer races, as I feel that this is the fairest way. Grid sizes will be limited to 29 cars on Road Courses and Ovals < 1 mile in length, and 35 cars on Ovals > 1 mile in length (Excluding Indy, which remains at 33 cars).
Race Control / Rulebook
First and foremost, drivers who are suspended from iRacing official competition, or who have a forum ban are not welcome in the ISOWC IndyCar series for a period of 6 months. As I am not privy to exactly who is or isn’t suspended, this does unfortunately require a little bit of trust, but there are some very easy mechanisms which can be used to test if a driver is suspended. If iRacing consider you not suitable to partake in Official competition / using the forums, you are not the type of driver we are looking for in the ISOWC.
We’re pleased to announce that Katier Scott will be heading up Race Control for the year. She will be live stewarding all Saturday events and the Indy 500, as well as acting as an impartial body for post-race incident reviews. Katier has a wealth of experience, being a real life race marshal, and acting as Race Control for the iRacing World Cup and RaceSpot TV 24 Hours of Spa.
Drivers however must NOT contact Katier directly, and instead use a specific protest form, soon to be produced. Drivers who attempt to circumvent this process, and berate Katier will be suspended from the league. Drivers who cannot follow simple protocols of respect have no place in this series, and allowing Katier to work in a neutral, unbiased manner, without being inundated by mail is a part of this.
In particular, Race Control will be ensuring that both on and off track conditions are upheld throughout the year. Most drivers have nothing to worry about. They are already in full compliance of the rules, and the rulebook is designed to promote safe, competitive racing, not catch drivers out. For those who feel the need to repeatedly make life a misery for their competition through their action, or who cannot act within the spirit of the rules, the series will cease to welcome you.
Remember.It is not a right to run in the ISOWC IndyCar Series, and we will ensure that the actions of the few do not ruin the enjoyment of the many
The ISOWC Rulebook will be updated in the coming weeks to reflect the changes outlined here. Drivers are reminded that the Rulebook can be updated at any time, and are therefore advised to check for the latest version regularly.
A number of races will be broadcast by RaceSpot TV, featuring the best IndyCar Sim Racing Coverage in the business. RaceSpot TV’s crew have covered hundreds of IndyCar events, including multiple iRacing Indianapolis 500s, and are recognised as being leaders in both their commentary and broadcasting capabilities. RaceSpot TV are also the exclusive home of the iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series, and the iRacing Endurance Championship, the biggest road racing series in Sim Racing.
All broadcasts will be free to air both live and on demand and on YouTube, offering extensive coverage with the latest broadcast innovations. Coverage will include all legs of the ISOWC Triple Crown, and as many events as possible where pre-existing commitments do not dictate a clash. For commercial / sponsorship opportunities, email Wil@RaceSpot.TV.
If you know anyone (Or you want to yourself), sponsor a particular race or championship (Overall, R/O), then Email Wil@RaceSpot.TV. Any money would go towards the cost of broadcasting, maintaining the ISOWC webservers (Important come Indy, and for live Timing & Scoring), prize pools, acknowledging the work of those who contribute to the series, etc, etc.
I made a pledge from day one to keep the series free, because people shouldn’t have to fork out even more money just to race in a friendly environment, and I’ve always maintained that driving standards become more aggressive then money Is charged / awarded. Because of this, I have ran all four seasons to date at a rather substantial loss to myself not only because I love you all, but also as I hope that the series has contributed well to iRacing as a whole.
I would like to suggest a voluntary donation of $5-10 for the season. Of course, if you can’t/don’t want to contribute, there’s no obligation, and I’m not going to make this a pay league. but even $10 for the season is less than 50 cents a race. HOWEVER, just because you donate doesn’t exempt you from the series rules. I want to make that clear right now. There is always the concern that people who donate will have an easier ride in the series, and this will not be the case here. If you’re thinking you can buy your way out of being a bad competitor, please, keep your money.
If you would like to donate, the PayPal address is: firstname.lastname@example.org . If you can donate more than $5, then please do! Rest assured, all money spent will go back into the series, be it the hosting or races, the web server, or prize pools, and it’s not just going in my back pocket.
Thank you all for supporting the ISOWC Indycar series over the years. Have a great season!!!!