Episode 0375

3/23/2023 – Natural A.I. – Episode 0375

iRacers Lounge Podcast – Conversation Topics

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Show Introduction

On the show this week we’ll be checking out floating trucks, photo finishes, and running backwards. We’ll hear from SEVERAL Pro drivers with their thought about sim racing, equipment, and the state of eNascar. Pus we’ll show you how to get a full sized F1 sim and much more.

And remember you can follow along with us on your PC or mobile device in real time as you listen to the show and see for yourself all of the great topics and products we’ll discuss by visiting iracerslounge.com and selecting show notes. Hope to see you there..


Season 2 Patch 2 Release Notes




PESC All Star

Casey Kirwan and Pablo Lopez had a thrilling finish at the All Star race at COTA


Porsche Supercup Round 4 – COTA

Despite a disappointing 10th place qualifying run, Pinto climbed to eighth place in the sprint race, lined up for the main event on pole thanks to the eight-car invert, and held off some spirited challenges from Jordan Caruso on the final lap of the 16-lap headliner to take his first main event win of the year by just .172 seconds.

orsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup feature results from Circuit of the Americas were as follows:

111Diogo C. Pinto160.000162:09.37163
2512Jordan Caruso16-0.17202:09.09363
3847Alejandro Sánchez16-1.05902:09.15765
4349Jamie Fluke16-1.81502:09.00652
5993Charlie Collins16-2.09102:09.01146
Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup points through four rounds are as follows:
Jordan Caruso, 253
Charlie Collins, 243
Diogo Pinto, 204
Sebastian Job, 190
Cooper Webster, 161


Dirt Console Game Update – Nintendo Switch

The World of Outlaws: Dirt Racing 2023 Season Update is expected for PlayStation and Xbox platforms in late summer. It will include new paint schemes and drivers for World of Outlaws Sprint Car and Late Model drivers, three new tracks, and even a new series, with further details to be released closer to launch. The 2023 Season Update will be an add-on to World of Outlaws: Dirt Racing, following the conclusion of the 2022 Season Pass.



iRacing Helped Me Getting up to Speed

Pro driver Scott McLaughlin Tweeted that he has no doubt his iRacing experience in the IMSA championship has helped getting me up to speed, particularly in traffic.


The Nurb Backwards

Fellow podcaster and friend of the the podcast Moopar Gaming put out the challenge, how fast can you get around the Nurberring backwards?

Dave Cam took him up on the challenge and ran -6 minutes 55 seconds beating moopar gaming by 29 seconds


Gen 4 at Atlanta, like it now?

Michael Conti shows on Twitter what an unrestricted stock car can do at the new Atlanta Speedway


The state of eNASCAR with Elliott Sadler Esports’ Co-Owner Seth Reiter

Before entering the Coke level, ESE was one of the many backend teams running drivers through the ranks to get to the top level. For the first two Coke seasons, it was able to run with drivers in house.

This season, that dynamic has changed as their two team drivers come from another backend team. Reiter was able to collect two drivers from a different backend team, Deadzone Racing, in both Darik Bourdeau and Cody Byus. Despite this, he continues to sit atop the spotter’s stand for Manes in 2023, while also being a coowner for ESE.

“We scaled back and decided we’re not going to build, we won’t be the backend sim team in 2023… we have two drivers that actually don’t drive for us this year.” Reiter said. The former ESE driver, Manes, is currently working with Victory1, other members which include Malik Ray, Kevin King and Joey Brown, all drivers on different teams in the Coke Series.


Author Justin Mellilo goes on to review the state of the sport with Seth Reiter

“I just don’t think, at the moment, that it’s an entirely healthy esports model,” Reiter said. “The pillars of the series are these backend sim teams that are putting in hours and hours and hours of work to be successful.”

“Those are the guys that nobody talks about, they make this series happen with the amount of time they put in, and they deserve the recognition.”

It’s not just about the drivers, it’s about the whole group behind them, and from what it sounds like, there isn’t enough funding to warrant it all. The promoted official teams get the praise and recognition, but at the end of the day, they’ve been elevated due to the backend teams that put their drivers at the top.


Lando Norris | Why Are Simulators Important?

McLaren F1 Driver Lando Norris Walks Us Through His New Cool Performance Simulator and Why It’s So Important To His Success In The Motorsport World.

  1. What You Need
  2. Customization
  3. Steering
  4. Look


6 Forgotten iRacing Tracks

DJ Yee Jay posted a video of 6 forgotten tracks in iRacing

  1. Legacy Pocono – 4 Road Course configurations.
  2. Irwindale – Outer Inner – outer of 1 and 2 and inner of 3 and 4
  3. Hell RX Short Road Course

The next three configurations never got used for race sessions…

  1. Stafford Mini Mile – Only available in Test Drive
  2. Oxford Plains Mini – Shortest track in iRacing?
  3. Summit Point Oval – basically its an access road…

Sim Seat’s Real Seat

Sim Seats is having a contest where Whichever #eNASCAR driver gets tagged the most gets dibs on driving at the next event. Go.


No COT Topic For You 

This was a heated discussion and for sure thought it would be a good topic for the show, but the thread got deleted from the forums before we got screen shots, must have been a hot topic….


Fastest Lap

We offer the use of motion simulators for racing (iRacing) and drifting (Assetto Corsa) with the choice of triple monitors or virtual reality (HP Reverb G2). We have 4 top-of-the-line motion simulators with 3 degrees of motion (DOF).  Each simulator features force feedback steering (Simucube 2 Sport), load cell pedals and handbrake (Heusinkveld), and wind simulators. We are located on the north side of Evansville IN


iRacing Nürburgring Endurance Championship

The iRacing Nürburgring Endurance Series will feature a series of 9 endurance races – each 4-6 hours long – on the combined Nürburgring VLN circuit. Drivers may participate solo or with a team.

Multi-make Classes

GT3 Class:


Mercedes-AMG GT3 2020

Porsche 911 GT3 R

GT4 Class:

Aston Martin Vantage GT4

Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR

Single Make Classes


Porsche 992 GT3


Audi RS3 LMS


Toyota GR86

Race Specifications

Race Length: 4-6 Hours

Team Racing: Enabled but not required

Weather: Dynamic


Saturday: 7:00 GMT & 17:30 GMT

Sunday: 1:00 GMT & 13:00 GMT

Qualifying Attached: Yes

Practice: 10 min

Qualifying: 30 min

Penalties: Stop and Go =50 Inc and every 20 after


All Events will be run on the Nürburgring Combined – Gesamtstrecke VLN circuit.



What is this series?: This series is essentially a grassroots series that is the backbone of the actual races that take place on the Nordschleife when it isn’t in use for public hot lapping. The series is made up of several motorsports clubs (part of either ADAC or DMV) which each host a 1-off event, totaling nine events throughout the year, and there is a ton of crossover with the Nurburgring 24 (Think Bathurst 12 Hour and Supercars Connection). The series has been run since 1977, and has a primarily German-based driver pool (Hence the use of each of our German brands). The series is pretty all encompassing when it comes to cars, with the 2009 year having 30 classes of cars, though much of the notable cars are from a Touring, GT3, or GT4 background. However, production cars are also allowed, thus creating the grassroots connection.


Majors – Speedway 500


Mike Ouellette Posts: 49 FORUM D LICENSE

 edited March 17 5:15PM

May 6th & 7th, The Majors hosts this Spectacle of Speed for the 11th year in row.

For 10 years we have used the most current Indycar available on iRacing, and this year we go even more current than that! Drivers step into the future by piloting the iRacing homegrown Dallara iR-01.

Speed is in the name of the race and speed is the name of the game. Four lap averages have NEVER been so fast!

The event features;

☑️ Two Regions (Pacific and Atlantic, race the one that fits your life)

☑️ Broadcasts for the top 2 splits in both regions

☑️ Unlimited Splits (expect over 300 drivers, perhaps much more)

☑️ Week long Pre Qualifying

☑️ 33 Car Grids in each split

☑️ Bump Qualifying

☑️ Fast 6 Shootout

🏆 Podium Coins in All Splits

🏆 Custom Speedway 500 milk bottles for Top Split Winners

🔥 and absolutely NO MSG.

Registrations open on April 17th. Make sure you get notified by registering for the website(New members get 10 free event credits making this race free)

Mike Ouellette Posts:

May 6th & 7th, The Majors hosts this Spectacle of Speed for the 11th year in row.

For 10 years we have used the most current Indycar available on iRacing, and this year we go even more current than that! Drivers step into the future by piloting the iRacing homegrown Dallara iR-01.

The event features;

☑️ Two Regions (Pacific and Atlantic, race the one that fits your life)

☑️ Broadcasts for the top 2 splits in both regions

☑️ Unlimited Splits (expect over 300 drivers, perhaps much more)

☑️ Week long Pre Qualifying

☑️ 33 Car Grids in each split

☑️ Bump Qualifying

☑️ Fast 6 Shootout

🏆 Podium Coins in All Splits

🏆 Custom Speedway 500 milk bottles for Top Split Winners

🔥 and absolutely NO MSG.

Registrations open on April 17th. Make sure you get notified by registering for the website. (New members get 10 free event credits making this race free)


2023 Sebring 12 presented by VCO


Audi R8 LMS GT3: +10kg, -0.25% power

BMW M4 GT3: -0.25% power

Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo 2020: -1% fuel capacity

Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO: +10kg, -0.25% power

Mercedes-AMG GT3 2020: -1% power, -2% fuel capacity

Porsche 911 GT3 R: +10kg, -1% fuel capacity



Podcast Housekeeping

Nicky Bobby —
I have a strange request, usually in listen to the podcast at work on fridays but this weekend I’m taking my wife car shopping to get her exactly what she wants, I was going to force her to listen on the 2 hour car ride to Sacramento. Can I get a shout out to her for letting me get back into sim racing and just being an all around great wife and mother. She could really use the boost in confidence.

Leave us a review on your favorite podcast platform to make it easier for more listeners to find the podcast. Mention the podcast to your fellow drivers so they don’t miss out, we would appreciate it.

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Sim Racer Hub Updates

Loop Stats, similar to those available in NASCAR, now available! Now, for race events, you have access to a whole array of new statistics including Driver Rating, Average Running Position, Quality Passes, and more. Head on over to your Customize Results page and check them out.


VPG Stealth

The VPG Stealth is made using the best materials available today and the highest quality components available from the automotive industry. Boosted Media reviewed the wheel on their YouTube Channel


“I would have a hard time justifying the extra spend over a cube control F Pro… But it is a very high quality wheel with very good build quality…”


Red Bull RB18 Simulator

 F1 Authentics in partnership with Red Bull have announced a simulator model of Red Bull RB18. The Champions Edition is priced at RRP £99,999, while the Race Edition is available at RRP £74,999. The Champions Edition will come with front wing assembly, as fans can opt for either Verstappen or Sergio Perez’s themed liveries



Listener Submission

Garrett Streets (Listener sent in)

I thought you guys may be interested in discussing this new button box offering. https://sm-racingproducts.com/products/ols/products/sm-racing-button-box

This button box allows the user to control almost any function programmable to a key in simulators and racing games on PC

As always, keep up the good work!


Our own Mike Eillis made an appearance on the Pit Girl Streaming Video


Thrustmaster DD For Sale

As of Wednesday morning The new Thrustmaster T818 DD is finally available to purchase for US Customres


Thrustmaster Losing FFB

The Since last Wednesday, there has been a problem with my Thrustmaster TS-XW base, I no longer have any FFB after a restart from the pits. It happens on all the models I’ve tried.





Cube Controls SP01 Pedals

Last week saw that the Cube Controls SP01 Pedals are available now on their website. The Cube Controls ecosystem expands, bringing into your setup a new piece designed and assembled in Italy.



A Neat Idea

Dave Mulvey posted on Facebook an idea to use VOX settings as a training aid for real drivers

New NRG Prisma Seat Colors

Prisma Seats has a new set of vibrant new colors for their racing seats



We want the realism and fun of sim racing to be at the forefront. With the help of our product range you can expand your sim racing experience and control your car down to the smallest detail.



NASCAR iRacing Series

Friday Open – AtlantaDega

  • Mike -.  P got wrecked out around lab 25 was running fourth kind a left a half Lane below me the guy takes it below the red and wipes me out. Got four minutes damage fixed I was 10 laps down. Went back out there and drove through the pack at least twice eventually got wrecked with 40 to go in a big wreck.  
  • Donnie – P14, Q4 8X
  •  Justin – P-24 started pole! did really nothing wrong. We ran clean the first part of the race, green flag stops got shuffled around p10. After that it got a little rough. I was involved in 3 incidents and there was nothing I could do to avoid them. Eventually x’d out.
  • Tyler- P5. Wild race starting in the back. Dodged many close calls and had a good time racing teammates Justin and Mike. Made it out alive and with a Top 5. LETS GO BABY! 
  • David – P equipment failure, grey screen of death

Saturday Fix AtlantaDega

  • Justin- P3, started ninth, stayed up front, hit my marks, pit stall/ restarts. First race i can say that i managed from start to finish.
  • Mackenzie – p21 – started pole, p19 – started pole, wreaked in both races

Sunday Open

Donnie – P6, Q2 2X – 88 Lap Green Flag Start 

Brian P 20 – Got stuck in a wreck when the race went green.  Half the field got blacked flagged for passing the pace car and was 4 laps down from the start.  Just stayed out of trouble and got to P20 with no incidents

Justin- P4, car 36 qualified 6, stayed up front eventually stay right next to teammate tom. We were on the same strat. Pitted under green came ran a few laps, Caution got the wave around. Put me back on the lead lap. Eventually worked my way up to a p4. 

Mackenzie – P5 – started 3rd ran a great race staying in the top 10 all race, was p2 right behind the leader pulled away from the pack right about to get the white flag and caution comes out for the gwc, started on the outside lane and got no help from behind, fell back to p5 but will take my first top 5 finish, also had no incident points 

David – P Stuck-  iRacing would not let me leave the pits

Sunday Fixed 

  • Mike – p5- ran pretty much top-five all night. Tried to keep the car clean but still had 16 incidence didn’t try to push the issue at the end. Tried to take over top five and got the job done.

Wednesday Open: COTA

  • Mike- p    24. I got what I deserved. Got my final 17x on the last lap.  Checkered and black flag at the same time.  
  • McKenzie- p DNF – couldn’t keep it on the track, nascars should stay at oval tracks
  • David – p14, didn’t take tires, it paid of a little, winner of this 2nd split only got 117 pts
  • Kyle P10 After some time away from iRacing to focus on my business, I am back on the track. Started P9. kept it clean for the first 8 laps and then got sloppy and slowly accumulated X’s for off track. Got shoved through the corner of the long straight. But that was the only contact all race for me. Last lap was running 8th and spun on my own trying to accelerate for the long straight. Gave up 2 spots instantly and just brought it home P10.
  • Tyler- P10. Track limits are broken at cota. Started in the back and kept digging trying to keep it clean. Finished with a 14x as I was battling to keep 10th at the end. Fun track but the limits really need to be adjusted.

Official Series


  • Gen 4 at Richmond. P14. 
  • IRO4 at 
  • F 2000 at Laguna Seca- started ninth got 2/4 but fell back to six when I spun off once
  • Formula Ford at Laguna Seca- started ninth finished eighth the steering is really heavy I was about 1 1/2 seconds off pace
  • Lucas oil, off-road, racing series pro to light at wild West Motorsports Park started P4 out of seven. Just the start and got penalized so end up dead last.
  • Dallara dash at Texas. Really fast but I crashed out.
  • GR 86 at lime rock. Qualified 16 out of 20. Got to p12 by the end of lap one.  Finished P6. I am 1.8 seconds off of the leader.
  • Dirt sprint car at Lanier national speedway.

A Open

Spiker COTA P7


Hall –  p1 at Sebring in the 488 GTE


GEN 4 CUP – P9Late Model Stock – 14

League / Hosted Races


Hall –  p1 at Sebring in the 488 GTE

  • Ellis- dallara dash at Charlotte started on pit Road because I missed the start by the end of last one I was somehow P4 out of 13 unbelievably was able to drive it up to second was catching the leader, but ran out of laps 
  • Round the same thing again, and won the race.


  • Brian -P19 Old Atlanta. It was a yoyo run.  I’d gain about 10 spots in a run, give them up in the pits and repeat.  Trying to reset Crew Chief multiple times because my spotter wasn’t working.  Finally got everything fixed and got up to 19th.  
  1. Dwayne Mcarthur
  2. Joshua A Robinson
  3. Thomas Ogle

Final Thoughts

Words Spoken in Closing Audio Clip -“”Thank you for listening to the iRacers Lounge podcast make sure to go subscribe to us on iTunes, SoundCloud, or Google Play, Facebook & Twitter, See You On The Track .” 


  1. Natural A.I.


On the show this week we’ll be checking out floating trucks, photo finishes, and running backwards. We’ll hear from SEVERAL Pro drivers with their thought about sim racing, equipment, and the state of eNascar. Pus we’ll show you how to get a full sized F1 sim and much more. So sit back, relax and join us on the iRacers Lounge Podcast. 

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