|Rd #||Date||Race||Venue||Laps||Race Time|
|1||22nd March 2014||The 4th Annual ISOWC Kickoff @ Miami||Homestead Miami Speedway||228||6PM|
|2||29th March 2014||The ISOWC Indy Grand Prix of Sebring||Sebring International Raceway||42||6PM|
|3||12th April 2014||The ISOWC Indy Grand Prix of Long Beach||Long Beach||60||6PM|
|4||25th April 2014||The ISOWC Indy Grand Prix of Alabama||Barber Motorsports Park||67||4PM|
|5||9th May 2014||The ISOWC Indy Grand Prix of Indiana||Indianapolis Road (GP)||60||6PM|
|6||31st May 2014||The 4th Annual ISOWC Michigan 400||Michigan International Speedway||200||6PM|
|7||7th June 2014||The ISOWC Showdown In Texas||Texas Motor Speedway||250||6PM|
|8||14th June 2014||The ISOWC Richmond 250||Richmond International Raceway||250||6PM|
|9||28th June 2014||The ISOWC Shootout at the Glen||Watkins Glen International Classic||40 x 2||6PM|
|10||5th July 2014 *||The 2014 Pocono 500 World Tour Event||Pocono Raceway||200||7PM|
|11||12th July 2014||The ISOWC Iowa Corn 300||Iowa Speedway||300||6PM|
|19th + 20th July||ISOWC Indy 500 Qualifying Weekend||Indianapolis Oval|
|12||27th July 2014||The 4th Annual ISOWC Indianapolis 500||Indianapolis Oval||200||4PM|
|13||2nd August 2014||The ISOWC Mid Ohio Classic||Mid Ohio Sports Car Course||68||4PM|
|14||16th August 2014||The ISOWC Milwaukee Fest||Milwaukee||225||6PM|
|15||23rd August 2014||The ISOWC Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma||Sonoma Raceway||64||6PM|
|16||30th August 2014 *||The 2014 Auto Club 500 World Tour Event||Auto Club Speedway||250||7PM|
Before I go on
Last year, I said that this may be the last year I ran the ISOWC. Then I got convinced to do it for another year. This year was the same. It’s seeing 50 people spend a weekend trying to get 4 laps perfect, seeing drivers form friendships, having 300+ Mile green flag runs and (generally) drive with respect that keeps me doing this. I know this year’s schedule is much different than before, and I’ll get some love and some hate for it, but hopefully, you’ll continue to enjoy the ISOWC as much as I do. Thanks again for making it an enjoyable experience for me.
The first thing you will notice, is that the schedule has COMPLETELY changed. Less races, and the majority of events on a Saturday. There are a couple of reasons behind this:
1: I wanted to find a way of lining up the series with the iRacing World Tour events, and use the series as a mock Premier Series. I know that many people have asked for something which resembles the Premier Series format we had in 2011, so I’ve worked along that premise as much as possible.
2: It seems like people enjoy running at whatever time I schedule a race on Sunday. Sunday’s are yours SOF, do what you want with it. Just leave Saturday alone!!!!!!
3: There’s less clashes with other events, RL and Sim Racing on Saturdays. Sure, the iRacing NASCAR series is on a Saturday, however this is IndyCar, not NASCAR, and I’m sure as heck not afraid of saying that whilst there may have been SOME crossover, I’ll take my chances.
Wherever we have the track (Except for Indy), we’ll run it on the same weekend. 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. Some didn’t make the cut, tough. Indy’s been moved back from late August to Late July to slot into the gap around the RL Toronto races, as I’ve learned from experience that going toe to toe with W1/2 of the NFL is a recipe for disaster.
This year, I’ve gone with 75% race distance on Road Courses, and 100% race distance on Ovals. Why? Because the Road Guys are right in saying that the race lengths were too long last year. If needs be, I may shrink them down a tiny bit more, however, I want to keep them longer than the Official Series races for obvious reasons.
Implementation with iRacing World Tour
The iRacing.Com Pocono 500 and Auto Club 500 (Subject to them running said events) will make up part of the ISOWC Schedule, and form 2 of the 3 Triple Crown races. The reasons for this are pretty simple, as it can be a bit of a drag forcing drivers to run two identical events in 2 weeks. We shall not be using the iRacing Indy 500 as part of the ISOWC schedule, as quite frankly, I enjoy running that event too much to toss it to the kerb.
For these races, points will be awarded to all whom manage to race in the TOP SPLIT. I’ve considered doing a sliding scale of points, but honestly, it’s too hard for me to justify, as there’s a ton of loopholes and exploits that people can use to try and get more points. Simple is simple, and as for the ISOWC Indy 500, there’s extra incentive to put the time in to qualify. Many ISOWC drivers were also in the Top Split of Indy/Pocono this year, so I don’t see it being too big an issue.
I considered doing the same with the two Road Warrior races, however, the times don’t line up at all to allow full participation with EU/US drivers. Therefore, for these two races, the race times will be set to 4PM GMT, allowing plenty of time for drivers to rest in case they want to run the 8PM GMT Road Warrior race.
The rulebook will remain the same for 2014, with simple tweaks where needed. Of course, the Pocono and Auto Club races will be run strictly to iRacing’s FIRST Sporting code only, however I will take into account participant off track behavior for these races.
One thing I am going to crack down on even more this year is the inability for people to just move on, and lambast other drivers.
Some people don’t like each other. I get that. However, don’t bring it into my races. If you try, you’ll be punished. Simple message, if you can’t race fairly, cleanly, and with respect to others on and off the track, you’re applying to the wrong series.