iRacing Indy 500 Date 2024
Image credit: iRacing.com

iRacing Indy 500 Date Revealed, 2024 Season 1 Patch 3 Released

iRacing

With a new licensing deal in place, the iRacing Indy 500 Date has been added to the Special Events calendar. Meanwhile, a new patch has been released ahead of the Daytona 24 hours.

Many sim racers were happy when the news broke that iRacing and IndyCar had finally agreed to a new licensing deal. The United States’ prime open-wheel series is back in the sim, and with it, the Indy 500 Special Event returns. In fact, the iRacing Indy 500 date has already been added to the Special Events calendar.

However, it is a bit broader than racers may have expected. The actual 108th running of the Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for May 26, with the iRacing Indy 500 date ranging from May 27 to June 2. This would see the event run for the entire week. The Coke 600 Special Event is similarly set to run from May 21 to 27.

For the Indy 500, this could be a result of the event being added to the calendar late. In the past, the event was held in versions for fixed and open setups a week apart. Thus far, this model has not been mentioned, but more details will be announced in the coming weeks, according to information available to OverTake/RaceDepartment.

iRacing Season 1 2024 Patch 3: Changes At Daytona

Meanwhile, a new patch has been released ahead of the first big Special Events in 2024. The iRacing Season 1 2024 Patch 3 is certainly not groundbreaking, but does contain a few interesting changes. After 2023’s controversies, the Daytona Road Course has received a few subtle adjustments.

To prevent cars from running on the apron (so at the bottom of the oval part of the track), gain-time checkpoints have been added to the yellow lines separating the track from the infield. Additionally, other gain-time checkpoints on corner exits have been loosened a bit. Further changes concern the advanced damage model of some cars and smaller issues.

Off the track, iRacing cannot be launched from the Legacy Member website anymore from January 16. Starting at 8 am EST, “all actions that require or utilize a connection with the Simulator will be removed and/or disabled on the iRacing Legacy Membersite“, according to an explanation posted to the iRacing forums by Alex Gustafson containing all the details for the upcoming change.

iRacing Season 1 2024 Patch 3 Changelog

iRacing

Updater

  • A handful of Rookie cars and tracks are now part of the “Required” downloads. This is to ensure a customer always has both a track and vehicle available on their machine for troubleshooting purposes, as well as in preparation for a New User Onboarding experience coming soon! These items include:
  • – – Formula Vee
  • – – Street Stock
  • – – Lime Rock Park
  • – – USA International Speedway

Legacy Membersite

Simulator Connectivity

  • Next week, on Tuesday, January 16th at 0800EST, all functionality that directly launches the iRacing Simulator application in any way will be removed from the members.iracing.com site. All pages that include the ability to change your Registration status or Join the Simulator in any format will be removed from the members.iracing.com site.
  • This change does not affect the iRacing application, the interface (UI) which you launch separately. This change only relates to the iRacing Legacy Membersite website, familiar to most of our very long-time customers. All functions and actions that utilize Simulator connectivity remain fully featured and available in iRacing, the standalone application!
  • Learn more about this upcoming change here:
  • – – https://forums.iracing.com/discussion/54084/iracing-legacy-membersite-sunset-simulator-connection-severed-january-16th-0800est-1300utc#latest

Simulation

Updater

  • Fixed an issue that could occur where running a second update cycle immediately after a first is finished could fail to launch the updater, because the first updater may have still been silently running  dependency checks.

Graphics

  • Fixed an issue where setting the Graphics Class to “4” would then automatically set itself to “Custom”. 4 is actually not that special.

Cars

<Car Class> GT3 Cars

  • Significantly reduced the time required to fully repair damaged wheels.

<Car Class> GTP Cars

  • Significantly reduced the time required to fully repair damaged wheels.

<Car Class> NASCAR Trucks

  • iRacing setup for Rockingham Speedway has been updated.

Acura ARX-06 GTP

  • For the New Damage Model, fixed an issue that could cause aerodynamic penalties resulting from damage to calculate incorrectly.

ARCA Menards Chevy / Gen 4 Cup

  • (Gen 4 Cup) – iRacing setup for Iowa Speedway at night has been updated.

Audi R8 LMS EVO II GT3

  • For the New Damage Model, a balance pass has been completed which increases the break limits for the hood and nose.
  • For the New Damage Model, fixed an issue where the nose of the car could be fully detached, but the system would still include it as part of the car. This could cause other cars to receive a 4x when hitting a detached nose.

BMW M4 GT3

  • Fixed an animation issue with the accelerator pedal when it reached 100% throttle.

BMW M Hybrid V8

  • Fixed an animation issue with the accelerator pedal when it reached 100% throttle.

Dallara IR18

  • Special Indy 500 tire branding has been restored to this car’s tires while running at Indianapolis Motor Speedway!
  • An iRacing indianapolis_2022_road.sto setup has been added.
  • Some iRacing setup names have been updated so that they automatically load appropriately at the correct track.
  • Updated IR18 paint pattern template.
  • Fixed an issue with ambient occlusion on the digital display screen.

Dallara P217

  • Significantly reduced the time required to fully repair damaged wheels.
  • Fixed an animation issue with the accelerator pedal when it reached 100% throttle.

Ferrari 296 GT3

  • Fixed an issue where the flashing yellow lights were not showing correctly when the pit limiter was engaged on opponent cars.

FIA F4

  • For the New Damage Model, aerodynamic damage penalties have been adjusted to prevent flight when severely damaged.

Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO

  • Fixed a handful of animation issues where the driver’s foot was not cooperating with the throttle pedal.
  • An iRacing setup has been added for the Ringmeister Series.

Late Model Stock

  • Fixed a bug that would allow this car to accelerate to ludicrous speed in reverse without using engine power.

Ligier JS P320

  • Significantly reduced the time required to fully repair damaged wheels.
  • An iRacing setup has been added for the Ringmeister Series.

Lucas Oil Off Road Pro 2 Lite

  • For the New Damage Model, a tuning pass has been completed, which increases yield and break limits for wheels, lowers the mass of detachable pieces, and improves the accuracy of scrape damage appearance.
  • For the New Damage Model, the aerodynamic penalties from vehicle damage have been tuned to be more forgiving.
  • For the New Damage Model, stiffened and lowered the break limits for rear fender panels slightly.

Lucas Oil Off Road Pro Trucks

  • (BOTH) – For the New Damage Model, a tuning pass has been completed, which increases yield and break limits for wheels, lowers the mass of detachable pieces, and improves the accuracy of scrape damage appearance.
  • (BOTH) – For the New Damage Model, the aerodynamic penalties from vehicle damage have been tuned to be more forgiving.
  • (Pro 2) – For the New Damage Model, stiffened and lowered the break limits for rear fender panels slightly.

McLaren 570S GT4

  • An iRacing setup has been added for the Ringmeister Series.

Mercedes-AMG GT3 2020

  • Garage tooltips for damper settings have been updated.

Pontiac Solstice

  • An iRacing setup has been added for the Ringmeister Series.

Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR

  • An iRacing setup has been added for the Ringmeister Series.

Porsche 911 GT3 R (992)

  • Brake pedal animation has been added.

Skip Barber Formula 2000

  • For the New Damage Model, some body shapes have been updated slightly to reduce the likelihood of snagging on other objects during impacts.

Toyota GR86

  • Metal colors have been adjusted slightly.

[Legacy] Dallara DW12

  • Special Indy 500 tire branding has been restored to this car’s tires while running at Indianapolis Motor Speedway!
  • Some iRacing setup names have been updated so that they automatically load appropriately at the correct track.

[Legacy] Dallara IR-05

  • Special Indy 500 tire branding has been restored to this car’s  tires while running at Indianapolis Motor Speedway!
  • Some iRacing setup names have been updated so that they automatically load appropriately at the correct track.

Tracks

Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello

  • A variety of track artwork details such as drains, painted lines, and track surface decals, have been added and updated.
  • Fixed an issue with Rolling Starts where the lead car could earn a black flag for passing the Pace Car once it left the racing surface.

Daytona International Speedway

  • (Road Course) – A variety of turn exit gain-time checkpoints have been loosened slightly.
  • (Road Course) – A gain-time checkpoint has been added to the middle of the right-most yellow line where the track meets the apron. A penalty will be administered if half of the car goes over the line.
  • (Road Course) – Fixed some issues with tire stacks at Turn 1 where they were slightly larger than they appeared. This fixes some phantom clipping issues.
  • (Road Course) – The number of cones has been reduced and they have retreated slightly from the racing line. This is for their safety, not yours.
  • (Road Course) – Cone walls at Turn 1 and Turn 3 have been adjusted slightly.

Oulton Park Circuit

  • Fixed an issue where running wide through Cascades (Turn 3), it was possible to end up with an unreasonably large slow down penalty (100s+) that could not be cleared.

Slinger Speedway

  • (Figure Eight) – A checkpoint has been added to prevent cutting half the track length.
  • The watchtower has been updated.
  • Fixed an issue where some light poles could appear to float when lower graphics settings were used.

Summit Point Raceway

  • (Jefferson Circuit & Jefferson Reverse) – Fixed an issue that caused cars to appear to float above the track surface around many parts of these track configurations.

What do you make of the iRacing Indy 500 date and 2024 Season 1 Patch 3 changes? Let us know on Twitter @OverTake_gg or in the comments below!

Lifelong motorsport enthusiast and sim racing aficionado, walking racing history encyclopedia. I have been working in sim racing since 2021 after previously working with pro and amateur sports teams and athletes for a daily newspaper in Wolfsburg. Nothing gets me more excited than motor racing, especially with the beastly machines of the past. A third pedal and h-shifter are not just options for a rig, they are mandatory to me. Avid fan of the IndyCar series (modern and CART/pre-split).