iRacing: New Gen 3 NASCAR and Superspeedway Series Coming

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Retro stock cars of the Gen 3 NASCAR era have been quite popular with oval racing fans in iRacing, and for Season 4 of 2023, the field is getting stronger: The Pontiac Grand Prix joins the grid, bumping up the in-class car count to four - and it should feel right at home in the new Draft Master series.

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Joining the Buick LeSabre, Ford Thunderbird and Chevrolet Monte Carlo models, the Pontiac Grand Prix ran in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series from 1981 until 1991. In the 1987 season that forms the base of iRacing's class, Blue Max Racing's Rusty Wallace was the best-placed Pontiac driver in the final standings, taking fifth place behind championship winner Dale Earnhardt (Chevy), Bill Elliott (Ford), Terry Labonte (Chevy) and Darrell Waltrip (Chevy).

Only one of the five manufacturers that competed in the 1987 season will be missing from the grid when the Pontiac is released alongside the Season 4 2023 build, that being Oldsmobile. The General Motors brand raced two of its models that year with the Cutlass and the Delta 88.

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Ring Meister is joined by Draft Master: iRacers can show their Superspeedway prowess in the brand-new series in Season 4 2023. Image credit: iRacing

With a new series also making its debut, the retro stock cars should see some good use in Season 4 of 2023: Similar to the Ring Meister series introduced for Season 3, the Draft Master series changes up the cars rather than the track on the calendar, although it is going to feature two Superspeedways instead of a single one. Half of the series will be run on at Daytona, the other at Talladega.

Draft Master will be contested exclusively in stock cars (and trucks), even offering two events using a legacy vehicle in the 2009 NASCAR Cup Chevrolet Impala COT. You can find the full calendar below.

iRacing Draft Master - Season 4 2023​

Week 1NASCAR Truck SeriesDaytona
Week 2[Legacy] NASCAR Cup Chevrolet Impala COT – 2009Daytona
Week 3NASCAR Xfinity SeriesDaytona
Week 4NASCAR Classic 1987Daytona
Week 5Gen 4 CupDaytona
Week 6NASCAR Cup Series Next GenDaytona
Week 7NASCAR Truck SeriesTalladega
Week 8[Legacy] NASCAR Cup Chevrolet Impala COT – 2009Talladega
Week 9NASCAR Xfinity SeriesTalladega
Week 10NASCAR Classic 1987Talladega
Week 11Gen 4 CupTalladega
Week 12NASCAR Cup Series Next GenTalladega

Alongside the announcement of the Draft Master series, iRacing also revealed the calendar for the second Ring Meister series. After having four GT3 cars on the schedule for its initial run, the series reduced that number to three, also offering more variety in its car selection - as well as very likely some very hair-raising moments in the Lotus 49 for the final week of competition, as seen in the schedule below.

iRacing Ring Meister - Season 4 2023​

Week 1Ford FR500
Week 2BMW M4 GT3
Week 3Spec Racer
Week 4Street Stock
Week 5Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo 2020
Week 6Aston Martin Vantage GT4
Week 7VW Jetta
Week 8Radical SR10
Week 9Porsche 911 RSR GTE
Week 10Mercedes-AMG GT3 2020
Week 11Toyota GR86
Week 12Lotus 49

Your Thoughts​

Do you like the concept of the new series? Have you given the retro stock cars a go before? Let us know in the comments below!
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Yannik Haustein
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I interpreted the title of the article to what I HOPED it meant, rather than what it actually meant :p
I interpreted it as the new Draft Master series races would be run using only the Gen 3 cars. Which would be GREAT in my book. Of all the stock car content those appeal to me the most, but I always had difficulty finding populated races because of my schedule.
I would've reactivated my account in a heartbeat if that were the case. Oh, well.

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