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  1. Hi All, Quickly to introduce myself, my name is Tom Ellison and I am the co-founder of HJ Motorsport, an iRacing online endurance team that made the jump into real life ChampCar racing in 2017. Doc reached out to me recently to help the ChampCar team establish the inaugural season of the ChampCar Sim Series, and all of us are thrilled to be helping out in exposing more drivers to Simracing. Most of us got our start online and we truly believed it made us better and safer drivers when we transitioned to real world endurance racing. I have created this forum thread to provide a centralised recourse for information about iRacing and the associated hardware requirements so that we can help answer any questions and encourage interested ChampCar racers to take the plunge and enjoy virtual competition. iRacing iRacing is a subscription-based racing simulation that is considered the most realistic racing simulation online today. All sessions, practice or race, are hosted online by iRacing servers, and it offers a large online player base and multiple series (road, oval, and dirt) in which to compete in structured championships. In addition to the "official" series, many leagues are hosted by members to provide specific racing experiences. It is one of these that Doc and I are hosting for the 2018 ChampCar Sim Series. You can view the league here. The iRacing service requires a monthly subscription. Included in the base level membership are 15 cars and 14 tracks. Additional cars and track licenses can be purchased and downloaded for a one time fee. Most of the tracks used in the 2018 ChampCar Sim Series are paid content, but both cars are included in the base membership. iRacing frequently runs promotional codes for new members, I will updated these below as they change so that interested new racers can always get the best deal. Current New Member Deals PR-GRIPTV 3 months plus Ford GT for $12 for new members PR-V8SCOPS2017 3 months for $5, new members only Simracing Hardware Racing hardware for your home PC is a constantly evolving technology, and some of the high end rigs are truly impressive. However, there are options available for any budget and desire, and if you have any questions about your best options then please ask and we will try and help you out. Whilst iRacing can be played with a keyboard or console controller, it is highly recommended to get at least an entry level wheel-and-pedal set as a starting point. Good brands for widely available hardware are Logitech or Thrustmaster. The Logitech G29 is generally accepted as the best compromise for quality/cost for starting out in the iRacing scene. From there you can start to upgrade hardware to whatever degree your ambition desires, up to dedicated multi-screen rigs with direct drive force feedback wheels. Whatever your questions, please raise them in this thread so that we can help you out and get you involved!
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