Twitter can be a pretty crazy place, and the world of auto racing has found a home in the popular social media platform. Fans can often bombard their favorite drivers all sorts of casual questions as if they’re right with them in the autograph line, and sometimes those questions or comments bring driving games into the mix.

A few different Twitter users are discussing the Nationwide Xfinity race before Twitter user Mike Ellis switches the subject to iRacing.

nationwideBoth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Alex Bowman, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Ryan Ellis, voice their pretty blunt thoughts on iRacing, thoughts that when we’ve shared them in the past, lead to an IP ban:

slamThese aren’t old farts on the grid who consider computers as nothing more than expensive Facebook machines, but young kids who are fully capable of setting up a racing sim properly in an effort to get the most out of it – and whaddya know? They’ve come to the same conclusion that we have.


Ryan Ellis, FDNY Racing Chevrolet and Scott Laggase Jr., NTS Motorsports Chevrolet

New Video Shows off the Artistic Side of iRacing Members

A fantastic video with the soothing musical arrangements of none other than Mozart has been uploaded to YouTube by Amadeu de Brito displaying the start of an online GT3 race at Donnington. iRacing is known regarded as the best online racing experience available for consumers, featuring scheduled start times and a much more serious mindset of drivers than you’d see in public lobbies for games like Forza Motorsport and Gran Turismo.

Or maybe that’s a myth and the racing really isn’t any better than your standard racing sim.

iRacing finally adding a feature seen in rFactor 2, Live for Speed, and Assetto Corsa

iRacing released this really neat video today, showcasing a future build where the sim will feature a dynamic racing surface, one that heats up and cools down as the session progresses based on the different lines each car runs. Previously seen in Assetto Corsa, rFactor 2, and Live for Speed, this technology is still yet to be seen in the premiere online racing sim, yet that is all scheduled to change.

Provided they can work out some of the more interesting bugs that have crept up in the most recent build, this will be a welcome addition to the sim, particularly for oval racing fans as the current racing environment

single fileCompare this to the most recent NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan…


Latest iRacing update gives different weather conditions to each driver in a session

YamesiRacing’s newest patch, rolled out today, was intended to address a select few number of members who were having problems with the sim crashing – believed to be related to auto-joining official ranked race sessions.

However, an unforeseen bug popped up that gave every driver in the session individual weather conditions. While one driver could have a track temperature of 110 degrees Fahrenheit and gain mammoth amounts of grip from near optimal conditions, another driver in the exact same session could be dealing with a very slick track temperature of 73 degrees Fahrenheit.11651050_931407934342_1940509637_nSome iRacing members tried to lightheartedly joke about this and compare the random performance advantage to real world equipment quality discrepancies, but the reality is that dynamic weather, a feature that only recently found its way into iRacing, has now been disabled while the dev team works towards a fix.

Top 4 Things iRacing Fanboys Got Wrong When Trying to Shit on Us

Today we experienced a very large increase in site traffic due to Jere Seppala of GlacierTV linking our article detailing our surprise ban from the popular online racing sim, Jere agreed with the majority of the article but could not understand the hostile reaction from 99% of iRacing members, who attempted to discredit the lengthy article just because it was me. Jere’s comments, hacked up from multiple posts to save space, can be viewed here:

jereJere backs up our original article on the Camaro stating that “street stock @ charlotte is a really bad combo”, and “[the] article is pretty accurate (tire model + rookie’s cancer mentality). Jere is a long-time iRacing member who contributes to the community in a big way by helping with broadcasting some of iRacing’s biggest leagues; he’d be the first to know what iRacing’s shortcomings are.

However, what followed were some pretty outlandish accusations and stories, turning the comments section of the article into a warzone between iRacing fanboys and readers. I personally don’t believe in moderation as it goes against the ideology of this site, so the best way to deal with all of these creative stories is to simply just confront the four most repeated comments with facts and get on with ourselves.

iRacingSim 2012-09-20 21-59-24-51#4 . Only five people visit

This isn’t something repeated by just iRacing fanboys, so it’s time to set the record straight. One commenter used a traffic estimation website to take an educated guess at the number of monthly viewers we receive. The site spit out a number of 9,600 views in the past month, and he was pretty certain that this number was accurate:


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Unfortunately for him, WordPress has a Sim City-like statistics screen that you can access at any time.

viewsAlright, onto the next one:

ayy#3 – PRC affiliated drivers were causing problems in the Rookie Series Races

We got a variety of comments of this sort, most of which claimed you were annoying people and spamming the chat. We ran almost 30 races over the past three weeks. Not once were we ever told to shut the fuck up, nor did anyone draw any attention to anything we’d type in the chat box aside from the regular banter, and the entire room, not just us, did their fair share of shit-talking.

Once we all realized iRacing’s Rookie Series was equivalent to the casual environment of Xbox Live, we adjusted our demeanor accordingly. In one race, some guy from Brooklyn described how he’d spent a few years in prison for stabbing a kid. Another race, some clown kept trying to poke his nose under me, totally fine with dog fighting for third place on lap four instead of running down the leaders and giving both of us a shot to win at the end of the race. Anytime I tried to physically force my car in front of his, followed by typing into chat “stay in line so we can catch the leaders”, I was called a fucking asshole and the dude threatened to report me for blocking.

Keep in mind that you can report people for swearing, in case you missed the irony.

As we encountered many of the same drivers, race after race, most made threats that they were going to intentionally wreck me, and as you can see in the shot above, one of them tried to move me, failed, tried again, succeeded, and then called me a bitch and blamed me for the accident despite his car clearly being on the apron in a spot where it shouldn’t be.

As we described in the original article:

[iRacing] surrounds [rookies] with other drivers who will cuss at you for shit that sometimes doesn’t even make sense and drive as if they were never given a chance to wheel mom’s sedan around the block.

My most sincere apologies to not taking iRacing as a super serious racing simulation when half of the room are childishly arguing with each other as if we’re on Xbox Live, and making all of my chat macros instructions on how to bake chocolate chip cookies. Grease the baking pan.

Any aggressive driving towards us was met with equally aggressive retaliation, but that’s to be expected when half the field can’t drive and the other half hates you because you’ve won the last five races.

iRacingSim64 2013-04-14 22-26-31-07#2 – James has a insane vendetta against iRacing

Not only did we post a dedicated article encouraging readers to take advantage of a promotional offer and try iRacing for free, we praised how the Street Stock drove at USA Speedway and that’s what prompted a group of us to create rookie-only accounts; so we could enjoy driving the car at our own pace. Additionally, in a review I wrote for RaceDepartment on iRacing back in the summer of 2013, I praised multiple aspects of the online racing simulation, from the sheer abundance of oval racing cars included, the photorealistic graphics that did not rely on any fancy post processing effects, to the unmatched online structure. Sure sounds like an insane vendetta.

How about when five of us sat down for an entire Sunday and collaborated on a 2500 word article breaking down both the positives and negatives of iRacing’s slowest oval racing car? Do these points sound like someone with an insane vendetta?

  • We openly advertised a promo code that would potentially bring more people into their sim.
  • We clearly stated our previous credentials that adequately backed up our opinions.
  • We explained, to our European readers, what a Street Stock is.
  • We praised the car’s handling at USA Speedway and admitted we enjoyed how the car drove.
  • We explained how to drive the car at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

All five of us spent a solid chunk of the afternoon describing the negative experiences we had with the car, and putting those thoughts into written words:

  • We went into detail about how and why the draft model isn’t realistic, and why it affected the racing in a negative way.
  • We went into detail about the game’s tire model and how it affected the racing in a negative way.
  • We went into detail about the new adjustments made to the tire model, even noting the exact lap the tires exhibited odd behavior.
  • We conducted an experiment to see if turning off force feedback made you faster – and it did.

All of these screenshots directly correlated with what was talked about in the article, to back up some of our more absurd claims. For instance, here’s the “one-groove, can’t pass” racing we’re talking about:iRacingSim64 2015-06-21 15-26-36-64

iRacingSim64 2015-06-21 12-28-58-73Here’s the guy I talked about wanting to dump me and report me for blocking for position 3 on lap 4. In fact, in the shot, you can actually see him trying to poke his nose under me as the leaders I mentioned pull away in front of us:

iRacingSim64 2015-06-21 12-27-37-60Here’s the guy who lagged into Mike and wrecked himself:iRacingSim64 2015-06-21 13-27-10-00And here’s Mike dumping him after he slowed up and waited for Mike to come around again.

iRacingSim64 2015-06-21 13-28-34-59And here are three stereotypical rookie series wrecks that we talked about several times throughout the article.iRacingSim64 2015-06-21 12-34-25-56

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iRacingSim64 2015-06-21 13-32-41-79And onto our last point…

iRacingSim64 2013-03-09 03-50-20-85#1 – James was perma-banned from iRacing years ago, and this ban was NOT because his article ripped on the physics, but because he was using a secondary account to evade a ban

Oh boy. B. Americano got the story right in the comments section, but I’ll tell my side of things.

Straight up, I did some artwork for a YouTube vlogger (you can still buy the shirts HERE) and ran where you’re regularly supposed to put your surname on the Sprint Cup cars. Retarded paint schemes aren’t uncommon on iRacing, and I went a few weeks without anybody noticing. And when I say retarded paint schemes aren’t uncommon, here’s something I saw watching my buddy’s stream a while back.

1424541349583Anyways, the story goes that it was a late night race at Las Vegas in March of 2013 with a ton of high ranked drivers, most notably Bryon Daley and Ray Alfalla, who’s name you’ve probably heard at one point. Daley and Alfalla tangled with a few laps to go, and I won the race. As I was someone who primarily raced only the K&N Series car and had basically turned into the Frank Kimmel of iRacing, this was a pretty huge deal.

The next morning, I found out my account had been suspended for two months. A friend of mine linked me to Ray’s facebook page with a photo of the exact moment the two leaders got together. In the comments section, a handful of people agreed to protest me.

winThe reason I was given was “having an inappropriate paint scheme” – and here’s the thing – iRacing’s rules don’t state anything about inappropriate liveries, as you use a third party program that has no official ties with iRacing to download custom skins. If someone found the text across the roof offensive, they could simply delete my car file and I would show up as whatever livery I painted using iRacing’s in-game paint shop editor, with preset bases and sponsor configurations all pre-approved by iRacing. The program itself discourages adult and/or offensive car liveries, yet does not outright disallow them. A report function is included within the program, but had never been used on any of my cars, including some of the more obnoxious ones:

GBJIn short, I was parked for something iRacing can’t actually park you for, because a few people they liked complained. And this is where the story differs. iRacing fanboys believe I was permanently banned for a multitude of reasons in March of 2013, never to return.

Here’s me winning at Texas in April of 2013:

iRacingSim64 2013-04-14 22-29-35-55Here’s Timmy Hill spinning in front of me a few weeks later, complete with my special Talladega livery:

iRacingSim64 2013-05-02 21-03-40-02Here’s me testing out the brand new Super Late Model during the first ever official SLM race at New Smyrna, in February of 2014:

iRacingSim64 2014-01-27 23-04-05-15Here’s me making a rare start in the NASCAR Peak Stock Car Dream Challenge Series, also in early 2014.

iRacingSim64 2014-02-16 13-13-13-69Oh, and here’s a GT3 video I made where half the field wrecks during the first lap, uploaded on March 1st, 2015.

I was never permanently banned, and only raced sporadically over the past two years simply due to the fact that better games have come along. Assetto Corsa came out in late 2013 and took the world by storm, I got big into organized rFactor racing during the summer of 2014, which carried into the winter and eventually transferred over to Game Stock Car Extreme.

There was no ban being evaded, because I wasn’t banned in the first place. Both myself and several PRC affiliated drivers were able to run 25+ races over the span of three weeks on an alternate account with zero issues. In fact, Chris of PRC had even contacted iRacing support to get his in-game name changed, removing the 2 at the end of his surname and replacing it with his middle initial – indicating iRacing knew full well what we were doing and didn’t have a problem with it.

Yet, within two hours of a lengthy article popping up on the iRacing forums that implied the expensive racing sim was anything but perfect, I’m suspiciously receiving a 403 error and getting notified that my account has been suspended, with no email indicating what exactly happened. Hmm…

Seems fishy, considering the last time I wrote a lengthy article on iRacing breaking down the entire game, listing it’s positives and negatives, Tony Gardner tried to get me kicked off the staff of the website I was writing for:


I guess Dale Jr has a crazy vendetta, too?


And finally, to answer some Finnish guy’s question of when the new thread about the article would get removed:


It was removed shortly after this post, so twelve hours: