It’s not every day the stars of NASCAR, IndyCar, ALMS, Grand-Am, NHRA, V8 Supercars and other major professional series go head-to-head on the same racetrack. But thanks to online motorsports game iRacing.com, some of the world’s top racers will go head-to-head, door-to-door and wheel-to-wheel from the comfort of their homes in the third annual iRacing.com Pro Race of Champions on Thursday, Dec. 12.
Past lineups have included 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, not to mention V8 Supercar Series ace Shane van Gisbergen (ABOVE), the defending iPRoC champion.
?The iRacing Pro Race of Champions is a seriously fun event,? says van 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 www.iRacing.com
beginning at 8 pm Eastern time. The opener will feature iRacing’s Chevy Impalas and Ford Mustangs that run in the NASCAR Nationwide series, for 25 laps under the lights at Iowa Speedway, while the finale will see the pros racing their McLaren MP4-12C GT3s for 10 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.
?No wonder. 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.?
In addition to bragging rights, there’s money at stake. iRacing will make a $2500 contribution to the favorite charity of the overall winner based on the cumulative results from both races.
Qualifying for the iPRoC starts at 8 pm Eastern on Thursday, Dec. 12. Be sure and catch all the action on www.iracing.com