iRacing Daytona 24 hours

How to Prepare for the iRacing Daytona 24


The iRacing Daytona 24 Hours is fast approaching this weekend. Many will be taking part in this, their first Special Event in iRacing. So here’s everything you need to know for a smooth and fun race.

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This weekend, January 20-22, sees iRacing run its first Special Event of the year. The iRacing Daytona 24 Hours has traditionally begun the iRacing season, and this year is no different. With plenty going on this year, Emily Jones sat down to tell you everything you need to know.

Thanks to the recent introduction of the BMW LMDh car, this year’s running returns to a three class setup after dropping to two last year. The LMDh car is joined by the GT3 class and LMP2 category, so traffic will be a big part of the event.

As Emily says, the Daytona circuit isn’t the trickiest on paper. Two long flat out sections using the banked NASCAR turns are broken up by a few hairpins on the infield. Though, the huge difference in sector speeds does make for a massive compromise when it comes to the setup. To keep up with the pack, you have to run a low downforce setup which will make for a tail-happy car in the corners.

With such a long race and a large incident point limit, Daytona is a great race for racers looking to bump up their safety rating. As long as you get to the end of the race, there’s a high chance of you maxing out your licence at 4.99 safety rating. That’s a free tip from me to you.

A Unique Signup Procedure for the iRacing Daytona 24

Most previous edition of this prestigious event have seen the iRacing servers struggle under the load of thousands of entries. This year, the sim’s developers are taking an extra measure to prevent server issues. Rather than combining team registrations from both the new UI and old-school browser launcher, teams will only be able to register through the UI.

This isn’t the first time iRacing has shown preferential treatment to the new server browser. Ever since its introduction, the team behind the game has removed more and more features from the member’s site in an effort to migrate its user to the new platform.

Although not officially stated, it could be suggested that this move is in response to Le Mans Virtual’s server issues. It seems this is a perfect opportunity for iRacing to show it’s still top dog.

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