There’s nothing to get overly excited about with the 2015 Season 4 iRacing schedule. It’s pretty much the same as every other season before.
Rookie Legends will follow the same established pattern, visiting the free short tracks for the first half of the season, then repeating the same tracks for the second half of the season with Lime Rock substituted for Oxford Plains for some reason.
Rookie Street Stocks never do anything different. It’s Charlotte and USA over and over, ad nauseum.
The Late Models visit the same short tracks as usual. This season iRacing added New Hampshire to the Late Modes schedule. It’s not bad for a one mile track. Unfortunately, Richmond is scheduled for Week 2. This is a boring intermediate track that wants to be a super speedway, and ends up being neither.
The same misfortune befalls the SK Modified cars in Week 1 as they head to Iowa Speedway. I refer you to Richmond, above. Iowa is the same thing only slightly longer. It is another failure among race tracks, trying to accomplish two things and falling on it’s face in the process. Week 7 is no better for the SK Modified Series as they try to race at the shit hole known as Phoenix International Raceway. It’s unfortunate that iRa$ing has it’s head so far up NA$CAR’s ass that they have to include every worthless track NA$CAR ever supported.
Moving on to the C class series: First is the Street Stocks. The most unfortunate thing about this schedule is that every race will be run on fixed setups. This series was ruined when iRacing made that switch. Also on the unfortunate list: Iowa Speedway in Week 2.
The Super Late Models have the best schedule of 2015 Season 4 with all short tracks except for Week 9 when they visit New Hampshire Motor Speedway, a decent intermediate track. However, if you want to know how to kill an iRacing Series, all you have to do is take notes on what iRacing has done with the Super Late Models.
- Introduce a light car with a lot of power. Don’t police any of the races. Just let them wreck each other until the majority of racers move to another series.
- After most people have already left the series, introduce dynamic weather and group qualifying. Hooray. As if people already don’t have time to fool with setups, not let’s make it harder. Let’s create as much tedium as possible. That should get rid of a few more of those pesky members who would like to race the Super Late Model. And the group qualifying is a great idea! Now people who want to get a decent qualifying lap can’t because there are cars pulling out of the pits in front of them and a wreck in the next turn and some guy going slow on the front stretch.
- Next step: Fixed setups! Now the ones who left because there were too many variables and too much tedium might come back, plus the guys who never practice will be there. They will race in clumps of 3 or 4 cars each because they will all be on the same setup, and that will cause lots of cool wrecks.
Then you have the iRacing Tour Modified Series, which is dead. Nobody runs it so it doesn’t matter what the schedule is.