Away from the carefully crafted live broadcasts featuring only the best sim racers competing in the $10,000 iRacing Peak Anti-Freeze Series virtual stock car championship, one YouTube account has been meticulously documenting the other, lesser-known side of the iRacing service; one which gives the public lobby crashfests of Forza Motorsport 6 a run for their money. Operating under the name of Leila R. Wilson is a YouTube channel featuring an abundance of embarrassing ranked and unranked iRacing events, where what appears to be a group of close Discord friends take advantage of the simulator’s spectating feature to drop in on random races that have the potential to descend into absolute chaos.
What follows is a truly pathetic display of hardcore sim racers paying top dollar to compete in online races that are supposedly leaps and bounds cleaner than the console offerings they claim to be above, yet in reality the races manifest themselves into something akin to Burnout: Revenge. It’s definitely strange to see such a serious piece of software presented in a manner that makes it look no better or worse than a generic racer on Xbox Live, but it also serves to shatter the perceived notion that merely signing up for iRacing means you’re somehow establishing yourself as an elite sim racer.
There are a lot of videos to dig through, and most of them do a good job of highlighting a side of iRacing both the staff and developers would like to keep on the down-low. Sure, iRacing is designed to offer an allegedly clean and respectful online racing environment, but Wilson’s videos simply do not portray that. Instead, the stereotypical iRacing rednecks that are casually mentioned in forum conversations almost as an inside joke are now front and center – giving those on the outside a decidedly different sample of a simulator the user base work ever so diligently to protect the reputation of. While the iRacing subreddit cucks like to pretend there is no place for foul language or aggressive driving on the service – which has now increased in price to $110 for a base one-year subscription – Wilson’s videos clearly display the exact opposite. It’s kind of a mess.
Now given how sensitive iRacing can be over any type of social media posts that make their game out to be anything less than perfect, my question surrounding all of this is how long Leila’s account will last on the service before being permanently disabled? Last summer, a 2,500 word essay detailing the poor physics and overall lackluster experience that is the Rookie oval series on iRacing warranted a lifetime ban from the service for both myself and Sev – a ban which has still been upheld to this day. The articles we published last year merely described an experience exactly like you see in the above videos, so is it a stretch to imagine Wilson will also be met with a swift swing of the ban hammer?
Absolutely not. It is simply the price you pay for daring to show what iRacing is like away from the waves of fanboys heavily affected by post-purchase rationalization.