Every season in the 16th Street Racing League we finish at the greatest race track in the world, The Indianapolis Motor Speedway. I decided to make this our championship round because Indy is without a doubt the most difficult track we race around. Turns 1 and 3 are completely different from each other. Passing is difficult and at times a bit scary in the corners. The closing speed here can really catch you off guard. Speaking of speed, that’s what it’s all about here. Drivers spend months working on setups for Indy, not just for the 16th Street Racing League, but for general Indy races on iRacing as well.
For whatever reason, Indy is a point of pride for almost each and every sim racer. It’s extremely difficult to pull off a win here (much like in real life). There’s so many things that can happen to make it impossible to cross the line in first position. You’re virtually always in traffic and it’s extremely easy to misjudge a corner entry and bounce it off the wall on exit. Pit entry is tough, pit exit is tough, and 100 laps around here (which is how far we run in 16STRL) is tough. I’ve been lucky enough to have some decent results at Indy but no wins. I’ve been able to pull off a 2nd, a 5th and a 17th. I’m very excited for this season’s Indy. I’ve been practicing more than usual and I have a setup I feel supremely confident in.
This race should be quite interesting in terms of how our championship is shaping up. It’s come down to two drivers who are both mega fast on ovals. Yang Ou and Tim Doyle. Tim has been racing with us from the start of our league and has had some very nice results at the speedway. A 3rd in his first outing was followed up by a 2nd and an unfortunate 25th. Yang has only run one Indy 250 with us but he finished a strong 2nd place in his debut. Two-time winner Niles Anders will be in attendance tonight to make an attempt at becoming our first three time winner at IMS.
I’ve been hinting at the fact that we’d be broadcasting some of our events this year and I’m proud to let you know that TONIGHT we will be broadcasting our Indianapolis 250 presented by ThinkGeek.com live via the Web Racing Network! This is going to be huge (literally, we run a larger grid than 33 at the speedway)! We’re expecting a lot of our professional drivers to turn out and give it a whirl. I encourage you to tune in and get an taste of what iRacing is all about. If you’re not familiar with us (how could that be possible?) check out the video below so you can get an idea of how we operate (and what’s made us popular).
I’ve also embedded the player in here so that you can watch our race live tonight. The broadcast starts at 9pm EST and you can view it here as well as 16thStreetRacing.com and WebRacingNetwork.com. Enjoy and wish me luck!