Episode 0337

6/30/2022 – Rookie Meat – Episode 0337

iRacers Lounge Podcast – Conversation Topics

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Show Introduction

On the Show this we we are happy to introduce new Team Tifosi member and Lounge Host Donnie Spiker. Which iRacing legends got a shot at racing Late Models at the Hickory Speedway, and does our own Mike Ellis have a contender for ‘Save Of The Year”?

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Special Guest

Donnie Spiker

General Questions:

  1. What brought you to iRacing and how did you hear about it?
  2. Which series do you normally run?                
  3. What type of hardware do you use? (Wheels, Pedals, ect.)
  4. Software
    1. What gear did you use when you first started iRacing?
  5. Do you run Monitors or VR? 
    1. How many monitors?
    2. What VR headset are you running?
  6. Are you part of a team?  
  7. Do you participate in any leagues or is it just official racing? 
  8. What is your most memorable iRacing moment? 

Guest Specific Questions:



Off Road Championship

Fellow Canadians Alex Bergeron and Felix Roy both took home wins in the second race of the inaugural iRacing Off Road Championships at Wild Horse Pass

Top five finishers from iRacing Off-Road Championship Series Round 3 at Wild Horse Pass were as follows:

  1. Alex Bergeron, 16 laps
  2. Connor Barry, +0.326
  3. Keaton Swane, +0.716
  4. Josh Edmundson, +0.951
  5. Trenton Briley, +1.811

Top five finishers from iRacing Off-Road Championship Series Round 4 at Wild Horse Pass were as follows:

  1. Felix Roy, 16 laps
  2. Josh Edmundson, +3.085
  3. Keaton Swane, +4.140
  4. Connor Barry, +4.795
  5. Brandyn Proudfoot, +5.052


Cone Madness

Greg Hill Tweeted a video of what happens if you joke around with graphic engineers


Porsche 963

The Fiawac official Instagram posted the new  Porsche 963 Hypercar GTP, coming to the WEC and IMSA next season to chase greatness in the world’s most prestigious endurance races.


More on Oswego

Listener John Zackery gave us some more info on Oswego Speedway after our last conversation

Hi Mike I thought I would give you some more info on Oswego speedway. Yes it is known for the super modifieds but they also run the Whelen modifieds once a year as well as the big block and small block dirt modifieds. They put clay down in September for the big block modifieds biggest race of the year. Super Dirt Week. So the track would be used for more then just the super modifieds. It’s crazy that they wouldn’t want it scanned. Sad.
John zachary. 

iRacers around the World

Mick Claridges around the world bicycle ride to meet iRacers


Hello guys,

I wrote a little while ago from Wales and you read out my Nurburgring Pace notes tip, I hope you found it useful.

My friend, Mick Claridge, 15 times L49 Official iRacing World Champion, decided that he would get on his bicycle and go around the World meeting up with iRacers.

You can see his progress here https://discord.gg/R8XvZrPA

Joe Peak at GSRC is editing Micks footage and will be putting out videos soon.

I will send you a link when the first is out.

Tinkety Tonk,


Back to the Tarmac Discount

It’s time to get back on the tarmac if your iRacing account has expired. iRacing has announced new promotions that allow you to reactivate your account and save 25% on one-year and two-year renewals. Simply go to members.iracing.com and select your renewal period. The 25% discount will be automatically applied and displayed in your shopping cart before you check out once you enter the code.

iRacing – Get Back on Track For 25% Off! – BoxThisLap.org

Max Esterson’s iRacing Challenge

Buttkicker has announced their presentation of the Max Esterson’s iRacing Challenge.  This will consist of a time attack challenge followed by a finale race with the top 20 qualifiers racing against Max Esterson.



Blake McCandless Livin’ his Dream

eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series Announcer Blake McCandless always wanted the chance to get behind the wheel in real life. Find out his story and how he got to live out his dream at Hickory Motor Speedway!



Track in Progress

Greg Hill Tweeted out a photo of a track in the process of being developed

Greg Hill on Twitter: “https://t.co/NuGdmbcIXz” / Twitter

Ray Alfalla test drive

iRacing Coke Series Champ Ray Alfalla got a chance to test drive a Late Model in the real world at Hickory.  He posted his thoughts on his Twitter account saying, “I didn’t know how sliding the tires would feel in a heavy car, so I made sure to push and find out! Everything I learned in sim racing transferred, and catching the car felt natural. Here’s some onboard footage from Hickory.”



F1 Champ on the Sim

Former F1 and Indy Car Champion Nigel Mansell has taken to the racing sim for a session with the Williams eSports Team 


Forum Pro

There’s been some questions as to how to become a iRacing Forum Pro, and how many posts it takes to get there.


N Wilkesboro Dirt?

The lounge asked Dale Jr on his Twitter if the North Wilkesboro Dirt configuration would be scanned and added to the sim


Companion App Update

The New iRacing Companion App received an update and Alex Gustafson posted the release notes in the forums


Season 3 Patch 2 Down Time

iRacing announced that the service will be coming down for deployment of the 2022 Season 3 Patch 2 Release, Friday, July 1st, beginning at 09:00am EDT/13:00 GMT 


iRacing’s role in the new Atlanta

Rebuilding an Icon: Atlanta Motor Speedway

Article goes in depth about the use of iRacing to test how how different hypothetical track configurations behave with multiple cars on the track.

iRacing poll

iRacing polled its users on Twitter asking where they spend the majority of their time.


Ferrari Teams with Next Level Racing

Next Level Racing in Southport has signed a multi-year collaboration with the European sports car giant in a bid to bring worldwide sim racing to the Gold Coast.  The company will supply simulators to Ferrari to help train esports racers.

Ferrari teams with Next Level Racing to accelerate esports boom – ABC News (ampproject.org)

Most Active Sim Racing Titles

Box This Lap listed the top 10 most actively participated PC games with iRacing taking the top spot

Top 10 Sim Racing Games With Most Active PC Participation 2022 – BoxThisLap.org (ampproject.org)

Mike with the Save!

Our own Mike Ellis shows off his car saving abilities in the Nascar Legends 


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Rig Reviews

Here are a couple of Rig reviews to check out!



The Knaufinator

The Knaufinator – 6DOF-Rotary-Stewart-Motion-Simulator


Sim Coaches Load Cell Pedals

You can now pre-order the new Sim Coaches P1 Load Cell Pedals



Moradness Gloves

Moradness offers lots of variety of racing gloves


Wifi Flag Light

FastTrack Sim Racing

Did you know: SIMRacingApps has built-in flag lights that work via wi-fi? Well, now ya know.

This video shows just the test mode.

All you need is a LIFX bulb or led strips from lifx. You cannot use another name brand.

Once you have the light working from your phone app, all you need is to copy the “token” from lifx. Then paste that token into the simracingapps settings. It’s that simple.

Tested it out last night, there was no lag with it instantly turning colors. What bothered me was, the green stayed on the whole time while under green flag conditions. I like racing in the dark, so I contacted simracingapps, they showed me how to only have the green on for a short period.


ERacing Lab RS Series

eRacing Labs offers their new RS Series of motion actuators


Mike’s New Project Idea

A 15 year old kid throws a rave after each kill in Call of Duty



The New Derek Spears Designs GT 310 will ship out at the end of July


Sony Inzone

Sony Electronics is launching a gaming gear brand called Inzone, aimed at PC gamers. The company announced its new brand Tuesday with two 27-inch monitors and three variations of gaming headphones.


Fanatec Killer

Chris Haye on his YouTube Channel asks if the Moza R9 and GS Wheel rim is the Fanatec killer 


Pineapple Grips

Looking for New Sim Racing Grips for your Fanatec, Moza, Ascher or SRM Formula style wheel or just want to re-cover your existing ones? You have come to the right place.


Varjo Aero Specs

A listener let us know a little more info about the Varjo Aero VR Specs


Graphics Card Price Drops

IGN Reports that Graphics Cards is finally coming down.

Graphics Card Prices are Finally Coming Down – IGN (ampproject.org)


NASCAR iRacing Series


  • Ellis –   p8 – Led some laps ran top ten basically but cautions didnt fall my way and long runs near the end was fast on short runs.
  • Rochette-P P12 man. 1 caution f me im never short pitting with 5 laps left in a tank again. Was P3 when i pitted and lap and half later CAUTION. Only 2 cars were left on the lead lap after the only caution
  • Stephen-p4 – only two cautions
  • Sunday Open
  • Brian – p Sim 
  • Rochette-Pwalled by my own strategy man Q3rd never left top 3 for 80some laps even led a few. So strategy I let a aggressive guy that was trying to pretty much wreck me to the lead and let another car by so those 2 could use their stuff up… they end up wrecking eachother but i tried to avoid em and just stuffed thw right front in the wall… man i was fast and having fun 
  • Greg p6
  • Hall – p 10 Top Split, Dumped early, minor damage, then speeding early, then worked back up
  • Sunday fixed 
  • Mike –p16. The fast on shrt runs but deadly slow on long runs unfortunately it was a long run at the end of the race, I suck
  • Stephen – p pole. wrecked out early

Race : Road America

  • Wed Open:
  • Hall –p. 
  • Ellis – p21 – Spun off on my own in final turn twice – then a lapper spun in front of me and came across the track and took me out. Got about what I deserve, 14x so I a going to be 1 and done this week
  • Thurs Open  
    • David – p2.   So much easier to get to front in 2nd split

Official Series

  • Ellis – Skippy – Daytona – started p15 – got to p9 by end of lap 1 – fell back to 10th but got back to 8th
  • Started P2 finish P2. A spirited battle among three cars I let the most laughs and made a mistake on the final app going into one I basically spun out and lost the race
  • Made top split half the field above 4k – started 15 of 15 made it to p12 – humbling
  • Skippy – Summit Point – started p12 finish p12 – Lap 2 turn 1 the draft had me 15 mph faster than any lap in practice and i missed the braking point and spun out. Recovered and continued – then realized i didn’t put in race fuel after q and had to stop for fuel.
  • So sitting there at end of warm up, timer goes to zero – the big button is grey says wait – nothing happens – i wait – nothing happens – its been too long – close the sim – website doesnt show im still registered~! – now what – refresh – nothing – then into the ui – same thing not registered – i see it two splits – i can ghost either one – it says sim running – task mgr sure enough running but no in taskbar – kill it – then to ui ghost each split to watch myself race – did not see my name in either split – 
  • Started p6 – aggressive i got to p5 and had a run on p4 but went a hair wide and spun and got hit. Had to pit for wheel damage for quick reset – then was p15. With attrition got to p7 had a good battle w p6 at the end and got him on the white…great fun
    • Nascar B-Open, Nashville SS, P12.  Started P16, aside from an early yellow, pretty uneventful.
    • Late Model Open, Stafford, P8. Started P6, Race was incident free.
    • Late Model Fixed, Stafford, P6. Started P10, worked my through.  Race also mostly incident free.
    • Nascar B-Open, Road America, Only 1 Regestraint, ME…lol

League / Hosted Races

  • FastTrack League –
    1. David – p 7, missed start cause didn’t realize cars were gridding.  Worked way up over the course of the race and had real good long run speed.
    2. Greg p 17
    3. Mike – p25. I sucked out there
  • unofficial – Ellis
    1. Chris MacGuire – Hosted – 87’s at Daytona Old – Got spun did a high speed 360 grabbed a gear and kept on going
    2. 87’s at tally – got to the front pretty quick led the most laps – 2 to go the guy behind me basically drives through me hits me square from behind it turns me down into the infield. Wrecked.

Final Thoughts

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  1. Rookie Meat


On the Show this we we are happy to introduce new Team Tifosi member and Lounge Host Donnie Spiker. Which iRacing legends got a shot at racing Late Models at the Hickory Speedway, and does our own Mike Ellis have a contender for ‘Save Of The Year”? So sit back, relax and join us on the iRacers Lounge Podcast. 

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Mike Ellis – twitter.com/MikeDeanEllis

David Hall – www.twitch.tv/mixmage

Greg Hecktus – twitter.com/froozenkaktus – www.twitch.tv/froozenkaktus

Brian Maccubbin – www.twitch.tv/MacRubbinsRacin

Kyle Pendygraft – twitter.com/LoudPedalGaming

Tony Groves – www.twitch.tv/SirGroves

Adam Josselyn- twitter.com/Jossad83

Chris Scales – twitter.com/JediMcfly

Tony Rochette – twitter.com/TonyRochette

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