In a thrilling turn of events for sim racing enthusiasts, iRacing and INDYCAR have officially reignited their longstanding partnership, signaling the return of the iconic INDYCAR SERIES and the revered iRacing Indianapolis 500. The announcement, made on January 9, 2024, marks the end of a hiatus that began with Penske Entertainment’s split from iRacing in 2022 due to INDYCAR’s exclusive licensing agreement with Motorsport Games. The new multiyear licensing agreement heralds a fresh era of collaboration, allowing fans to once again experience the thrill of INDYCAR racing in the virtual realm.
The roots of this reunion stretch back over a dozen years, capturing the essence of a partnership that has played a pivotal role in the world of virtual motorsports. The resurgence of this collaboration brings not only the INDYCAR SERIES back into the iRacing fold but also resurrects the cherished iRacing Indianapolis 500, an annual event that has historically attracted thousands of participants eager to tackle the virtual version of the world’s most iconic race.
iRacing President Tony Gardner expressed his delight at bringing INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway back into the iRacing community. Gardner emphasized the significance of including racing properties like the INDYCAR SERIES, NASCAR’s Brickyard 400, and IMSA’s Battle on the Bricks, stating that there’s nothing quite like racing at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Key Features of the Licensing Agreement
The renewed licensing agreement not only brings back familiar events but also introduces additional provisions, enhancing the overall iRacing experience for members and INDYCAR SERIES fans alike. Highlights of the agreement include:
Return of the iRacing Indianapolis 500
The iconic event, known for its 200 laps of pure speed at the “Racing Capital of the World,” makes a triumphant return to the iRacing Special Events calendar. Sim racers worldwide can once again savor the challenge of racing at the famous oval at the Brickyard.
INDYCAR SERIES Branding on iRacing
The rebranding of INDYCAR SERIES events on iRacing brings an authentic touch to the virtual racing experience, immersing participants in the world of INDYCAR like never before.
Flexibility for Events and Series
The new agreement introduces more provisions, providing increased flexibility to run events and series. Multiple leagues will have the opportunity to organize INDYCAR SERIES events on iRacing, creating a diverse and engaging racing environment.
License Extension of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
The licensing agreement not only encompasses the INDYCAR SERIES and the iRacing Indianapolis 500 but also includes an extension of the license for the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway, allowing for a comprehensive and immersive virtual racing experience.
As the new licensing agreement between iRacing and INDYCAR takes effect immediately, members can anticipate the rebranding of series, cars, and events in the coming days. With the return of the iRacing Indianapolis 500 and a renewed focus on the INDYCAR SERIES, the virtual racing community is set to witness a renaissance that promises excitement, authenticity, and a shared passion for the thrill of the race. The details of the iRacing Indianapolis 500 are eagerly awaited, marking the beginning of a new chapter in the longstanding partnership between iRacing and INDYCAR. Get ready to rev up those virtual engines and embark on an exhilarating journey through the world of INDYCAR racing in the digital realm.