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DONT KNOW DONT CARE
December 06, 2017 at 06:50:35 PM
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If you haven't, check out the recently added sim version of Knoxville on iracing. The attention to detail, including the completed Brian Clausen Suites, is pretty incredible.  There's nothing like being their in person, but this is pretty satisfying and of course you get to virtually race your choice of dirt race car around the track.  Sure helps cure a bit of the off season blues.




Paintboss
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December 06, 2017 at 07:23:24 PM
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I'n not really much into games, Can you tell me what this is exactly? I played the original Ratbag Sprint car game years ago "the computer version" and loved it because of the realism. As far as the PS2 or 3 games I could never get into playing those.



DONT KNOW DONT CARE
December 06, 2017 at 08:28:05 PM
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Posted By: Paintboss on December 06 2017 at 07:23:24 PM

I'n not really much into games, Can you tell me what this is exactly? I played the original Ratbag Sprint car game years ago "the computer version" and loved it because of the realism. As far as the PS2 or 3 games I could never get into playing those.



This is online, on the computer no ps2 or Xbox, i used to play the ratbag game and loved it but this will absolutely blow your mind. iracing Is the most realistic racing simulation available period. You don't purchase iracing in a store, it's all online download. Hop on youtube and search iracing dirt, you will see Christopher Bell, among others, racing on it. You can drive winged and wingless sprints 305,360,410 or late models , pro stocks, ump modifides, and midgets are the works. Tracks are still pretty limited you have, Williamsgrove, Volusia, Eldora, Knoxville, and a couple pavement tracks covered in clay. The "dirt" part of iracing is only a small subset of a huge racing community that includes about every major speedway in the world, oval, road course, circuit, and a ton of different cars. The latest addon is Rally racing, dirt and otherwise, I haven't tried it yet but it's getting excellent reviews.

The one thing that really sets iracing apart is the way they lazer map the tracks so they are virtually identical to the real thing, iracing films and scans the actual track on several race nights so they can recreate how the track changes over a night of racing. Thats all the good stuff, the not so good stuff is you need a fairly powerful computer to run it.  The details in the ever changing clay and surrounding scenery (including working jumbotrons and fireworks at Eldora) require it. Another expense is the almost must have, steering wheel and pedal set. Yes you can keyboard and mouse it but that blows, you need a wheel and pedals. Anyway, go to iracing.com and check it out, hope this helps.

 



DONT KNOW DONT CARE
December 06, 2017 at 09:18:45 PM
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It appears the midget is available, took my own advice and searched "iracing dirt" on YouTube and the second vid on the list was a guy taking a few laps around Lanier Raceplex .375-mile paved oval covered in clay in a midget, it looks really good and the engine sound is spot on. 



hardon
December 07, 2017 at 01:11:36 AM
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Posted By: Paintboss on December 06 2017 at 07:23:24 PM

I'n not really much into games, Can you tell me what this is exactly? I played the original Ratbag Sprint car game years ago "the computer version" and loved it because of the realism. As far as the PS2 or 3 games I could never get into playing those.



World of Outlaws sprint cars 2002 is the greatest game ever made in my opinion.  I'm not sure if this is the version you played or not, it was available on the ps2 and pc.  I wish there was an updated version since this is now pretty old.

There was a version of this on rfactor also that I played for a bit.  I have not played the iracing version but it looks amazing.  I will warn you if this is something you are looking to get into, the worst part isn't the cost of the computer or pedals or the game itself.  It's the time commitment.  I practiced for a good 6 months before joining a league and once the league started I practiced every night for 2-3 hours.  I raced in 4 or 5 races and I think the best finish I had was around 15th.  If you're the least bit competetive it takes a big time commitment.  Unfortunately having a family, I wasn't willing to ignore them night after night for a game lol.  However if you have the time I can't think of a better way to spend your free time.

I guess that's why I prefer the ps2 or pc version because it's single player and doesn't require the big time commitment



csracing72c
December 07, 2017 at 07:42:45 AM
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iRacing blows everything out of the water. It is as real as it gets. It is incredible!!!! Well worth the investment. 



IADIRT
December 07, 2017 at 08:16:22 AM
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Is there no way to own the game outright and be able to just play computer opponents on the tracks instead of a monthly membership? Its hard to justify having a monthly payment to play a game that once I stop paying I no longer have the game. Truly just want something like the original Ratbag game for PC with difference cars, series, and all sorts of other adjustments available. Iracing looks amazing and I'd love to play but as stated above the time commitment could be difficult. Other things about the game I am not aware of is are all cars equal minus the setup? Or is this a the more that you pay or win the better a car you can get?



north star
December 07, 2017 at 09:56:03 AM
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Posted By: DONT KNOW DONT CARE on December 06 2017 at 09:18:45 PM

It appears the midget is available, took my own advice and searched "iracing dirt" on YouTube and the second vid on the list was a guy taking a few laps around Lanier Raceplex .375-mile paved oval covered in clay in a midget, it looks really good and the engine sound is spot on. 



can anyone give me a hand on how to calibrate my wheel? it keeps jumping really badly one way or the other right now...



csracing72c
December 07, 2017 at 10:24:33 AM
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Posted By: IADIRT on December 07 2017 at 08:16:22 AM

Is there no way to own the game outright and be able to just play computer opponents on the tracks instead of a monthly membership? Its hard to justify having a monthly payment to play a game that once I stop paying I no longer have the game. Truly just want something like the original Ratbag game for PC with difference cars, series, and all sorts of other adjustments available. Iracing looks amazing and I'd love to play but as stated above the time commitment could be difficult. Other things about the game I am not aware of is are all cars equal minus the setup? Or is this a the more that you pay or win the better a car you can get?



Its under $100/year and unlike a game you buy they make improvements quartlery and keep adding more tracks and cars. It really is not that expensive and once you start playing it you will think it is worth every penny trust me. 



csracing72c
December 07, 2017 at 10:25:33 AM
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Posted By: IADIRT on December 07 2017 at 08:16:22 AM

Is there no way to own the game outright and be able to just play computer opponents on the tracks instead of a monthly membership? Its hard to justify having a monthly payment to play a game that once I stop paying I no longer have the game. Truly just want something like the original Ratbag game for PC with difference cars, series, and all sorts of other adjustments available. Iracing looks amazing and I'd love to play but as stated above the time commitment could be difficult. Other things about the game I am not aware of is are all cars equal minus the setup? Or is this a the more that you pay or win the better a car you can get?



And all cars are equal besides set up. Their base set ups are really good too.



W2Motorsports
December 07, 2017 at 11:35:54 AM
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Posted By: north star on December 07 2017 at 09:56:03 AM

can anyone give me a hand on how to calibrate my wheel? it keeps jumping really badly one way or the other right now...



What wheel do you have?

 

Also for everyone else - I run a league based primarily in the PA/Mid Atlantic Area. We race Midgets and 410s Sunday Nights starting at 8:30PM EST. Then on Wednesday we have a weekly series at Lanier (mimics weekly racing at a track). 360 Sprints at 8:30PM EST, and UMP Modifieds to follow. We race weekly at Knoxville this season. We get about 12-14 people each night so it is a good time with no risk of not qualifying. If anyone is interested I can invite you. The page is here:

 

https://www.facebook.com/W2-Motorsports-I-Racing-League-1596173987103042/



DONT KNOW DONT CARE
December 07, 2017 at 12:32:20 PM
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Posted By: W2Motorsports on December 07 2017 at 11:35:54 AM

What wheel do you have?

 

Also for everyone else - I run a league based primarily in the PA/Mid Atlantic Area. We race Midgets and 410s Sunday Nights starting at 8:30PM EST. Then on Wednesday we have a weekly series at Lanier (mimics weekly racing at a track). 360 Sprints at 8:30PM EST, and UMP Modifieds to follow. We race weekly at Knoxville this season. We get about 12-14 people each night so it is a good time with no risk of not qualifying. If anyone is interested I can invite you. The page is here:

 

https://www.facebook.com/W2-Motorsports-I-Racing-League-1596173987103042/



I'd like to join but if you guys are decent racers I might upset a few as I'm still in practice phase. On the contrary, I love the fact that it takes time and practice to be competitive, if it was easy to master like most games I'd be bored with it, I still haven't done much actual racing but practicing and testing and tuning are so much fun I don't mind a bit, if it takes a year to get decent at it that's fine with me. I downloaded the midget last night, all I can say is Wow, what a freaking blast.



chathamracefan1
December 07, 2017 at 12:34:49 PM
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I would add the dirt racing on iracing is outstanding.  The attention to detail on the track scans is off the charts.  When you watch a replay from the high up camera, you can see Hy Vee, Casey's & O'Reilly Auto Parts in the background (with the appropriate logos I might add).



W2Motorsports
December 07, 2017 at 12:47:25 PM
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Hey Don't Know Don't Care,

We have drivers of many different skill levels racing with us. Generally the one requirement is that everyone is cool to deal with, and is a clean racer (that does not mean we don't make mistakes, it just means it is pretty much unacceptable to wreck people for position, etc.). Our group is very laid back, if you are still learning then this is probably a much better atmosphere to do it in than any offical session would be.

Either way, good luck with iRacing, and if you would like to give our league a shot just shoot me a message at the facebook page, or do what csracing72c did and send me an email through here.

Thanks,

Jeff.



StanM
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December 07, 2017 at 01:35:25 PM
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This message was edited on December 07, 2017 at 05:44:19 PM by StanM

I run the Linux OS on my computers, one is a new laptop that could easily handle the hardware requirements but this game is Windows only.  I'm not a gamer and it looks like that isn't going to change anytime soon.  No Linux isn't a big surprise but no Mac either.


Stan Meissner

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December 07, 2017 at 01:57:27 PM
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Posted By: csracing72c on December 07 2017 at 10:25:33 AM

And all cars are equal besides set up. Their base set ups are really good too.



Thanks for the info. I'd have to pretty much buy the entire setup at this point plus membership since I dont have a good desk top computer or a wheel/pedals anymore. It is very tempting though especially now while its popular. I do worry if I get it and everyone is over it by the time I get into it then I'll have few people to race against. Thats one of the reasons why I like the computer type opponent/series where I can race whenever I want against a full field. Just more on my time since I usually have a rather busy schedule during some points in the year. Especially race season.



djscotty14
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December 07, 2017 at 02:15:50 PM
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Posted By: IADIRT on December 07 2017 at 01:57:27 PM

Thanks for the info. I'd have to pretty much buy the entire setup at this point plus membership since I dont have a good desk top computer or a wheel/pedals anymore. It is very tempting though especially now while its popular. I do worry if I get it and everyone is over it by the time I get into it then I'll have few people to race against. Thats one of the reasons why I like the computer type opponent/series where I can race whenever I want against a full field. Just more on my time since I usually have a rather busy schedule during some points in the year. Especially race season.



Iracing isn't going anywhere.  It will only get better and improve.  Considering almost every professional race car driver in all forms are on Iracing.  Stock cars are huge.  The only problem you would have is your equipment becoming outdated before Iracing goes dead.  



Oppermanfan
December 07, 2017 at 02:59:35 PM
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I am intrigued by this iRacing. I could use some help from someone who knows computers. What kind of computer would a guy need to run this game well? If I were to start from scratch, how much money would it take to buy the computer, steering wheel, pedals and the game? Thanks in advance.



LR
December 07, 2017 at 03:38:29 PM
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Posted By: Oppermanfan on December 07 2017 at 02:59:35 PM

I am intrigued by this iRacing. I could use some help from someone who knows computers. What kind of computer would a guy need to run this game well? If I were to start from scratch, how much money would it take to buy the computer, steering wheel, pedals and the game? Thanks in advance.



I started from scratch completely and spent about $1500 total. That included a new gaming computer from Best Buy steering wheel and I sprung for the oculus rift VR goggles which was a third of the price and not needed but if you want to go all out the oculus goggles are insane. It’s comletely 360 degrees you’re literally sitting in the car you can look in any direction there are YouTube videos of it check It out. I had to go with a more powerful computer for the VR. I think iracing has the minimum specs needed to run it. Worth the price of subscription



StanM
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December 07, 2017 at 05:47:05 PM
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Posted By: LR on December 07 2017 at 03:38:29 PM

I started from scratch completely and spent about $1500 total. That included a new gaming computer from Best Buy steering wheel and I sprung for the oculus rift VR goggles which was a third of the price and not needed but if you want to go all out the oculus goggles are insane. It’s comletely 360 degrees you’re literally sitting in the car you can look in any direction there are YouTube videos of it check It out. I had to go with a more powerful computer for the VR. I think iracing has the minimum specs needed to run it. Worth the price of subscription



This was copied and pasted from a google search for iracing system requirements.  I've got it all covered except for the Windows piece but I'm locked into Linux and won't ever go back for any reason.  wink
 
Here are the iRacing system requirements (minimum)
  • CPU: Intel Core i3, i5, i7 or better, or AMD Bulldozer or better.
  • OS: Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 64-bit.
  • VIDEO CARD: NVIDIA GeForce 2xx series or better / AMD 5xxx series or better / Intel HD Graphics 4200+ or better with 1 GB dedicated video memory.
  • FREE DISK SPACE: 10 GB.

Stan Meissner



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