In 2017, the ever-growing and evolving racing sim known as iRacing finally expanded into the dirt arena. You now have the opportunity to race everything from a USAC midget, Modified, World of Outlaws Craftsman Super Late Model and Sprint Car from the convenience of your home. The results and reception from the motorsports community have been outstanding. In doing so not only have they created a way for the average dirt track fan to experience what it is like to strap behind the likes of an 800hp dirt machine, but they also have brought the dirt tracks of America to an entire new audience of both young and old.
But anyone familiar with iRacing will attest, their product is never finished. They constantly are looking to improve on not only the physics or handling of the sim, but also on the database of their vehicle lineup, venues, and the overall realism of their sim. With the 32nd Annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire kicking off this week, the racing simulator announced this week that the Chili Bowl is no longer just for the lucky 300 or so that get to experience the bull-ring for that one magical week in January. Nope, the track will be joining the arsenal of dirt track arenas available in the sim in 2018!
“Just last month we released Christopher Bell’s dirt Midget to iRacing members and they have been asking, no begging, us to add the Chili Bowl,” said Steve Myers, executive vice-president and executive producer at iRacing.com. “Obviously this has been in the works for a while now so it was hard to not tell them it was coming. I know they will be as excited about this announcement as I am.
Multiple drivers including Tony Stewart, Kyle Larson, Christopher Bell and more can be seen in their downtime competing on the dirt tracks within iRacing giving fans a glimpse of what it is like to compete with the likes of a sprint cup driver on a local scene.
In celebration of the announcement iRacing has partnered with Chili Bowl defending champion Christopher Bell and Larson to be the primary sponsor on each of their cars for the 2018 Chili Bowl. “It’s exciting to finally have Midgets in iRacing” says Kyle Larson. “The fact that we’ll soon be able to run the Chili Bowl virtually is pretty sweet! I can’t wait to run that track whenever I want! It’s been a great working with iRacing and having them on my car for this event. What they have done in the past year with their dirt program and what they continue to do is so awesome for our sport!”
“It’s been fun working with iRacing to get the Midget car into the sim,” says Christopher Bell. “Their engineers really take the time to listen to feedback and work on getting the cars right. I can’t wait to race the Chili Bowl anytime I want! It’s one of my all-time favorites!”
If you are like us, you can’t wait for the chance to take a spin around the famed bull ring when it is finally released. Keep your eyes on iRacing.com for when the track is released. It is bound to be one of the biggest attractions on their platform.