iRacing's ambition to blur the boundaries between real and virtual motorsport continues, as a number of real world professional racing drivers will be meeting in the virtual world to participate in the third annual iRacing Pro Race of Champions next month.
Starting on December 12th, the championship will be a grand gathering of driving talent from racing diciplines you wouldn't normally see on the same race track, as stars from NASCAR, IndyCar, ALMS, GRAND-AM, NHRA, V8 Supercars and other major professional racing series will go head-to-head.
Past championships have starred the likes of NASCAR’s Carl Edwards, Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano, GRAND-AM champions Alex Gurney and Jordan Taylor, ALMS champion Joey Hand, IZOD IndyCar Series favorite Justin Wilson and NHRA Funny Car star Ron Capps, along with V8 Supercar Series ace Shane van Gisbergen, the defending iPRoC champion.
“The iRacing Pro Race of Champions is a seriously fun event,” says Gisbergen. “For sure we all have lots of fun, but if you’re successful, you get to remind everyone about it for a full year. I’ve enjoyed doing that in 2013 and, believe me, I plan on doing it again next year!”
The two race event will be broadcast on iRacing.com at 8pm Eastern time. The first event will feature iRacing’s NASCAR Nationwide series Chevy Impalas and Ford Mustangs in a 25 lap race at Iowa Speedway, while the finale will see the pros racing McLaren MP4-12C GT3s for ten laps on iRacing’s laser-scanned version of Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
"In just two years the iRacing Pro Race of Champions has become one of sim-racing’s signature events,” says Tony Gardner, president of iRacing.com. “The Pros tell us they start looking forward to the event once their regular seasons are over, and a lot of them practice for it pretty seriously."
"There are some serious bragging rights at stake, whether it’s drivers who race each other every week of the regular season, road racers who want to show the NASCAR guys a thing or two on the ovals, or vice versa. It’s all in good fun and it’s only on iRacing.”
But bragging rights won't be the only incentive: there's money at stake here. $2500 will be donated to the favorite charity of the overall winner based on the cumulative results from both races.
If you missed last year's Pro Race of Champions, iRacing are hosting a highlights video of all the action on their YouTube channel:
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