I’ve been playing iRacing for a few weeks now and I have to say that I’m really enjoying it. It’s stressful, fun, angering, and more all rolled into one. It’s more than worth the price, especially if you’re a major NASCAR fan like myself. The only way you can race the tracks the most realistically as you can (outside of doing it for real) is to play iRacing, whether you’re following the NASCAR course or not. I love the idea of building up my digital NASCAR career here and making progress towards the more pro levels. I know that it’ll take a long time but what major game goal doesn’t? Though I don’t have a lot of experience in this game I have learned some things to do and some things not to do in the game. I have four major points that I’ve learned so far and I’m going to list them here! If you’re thinking of joining iRacing then this list may be helpful to you. No one race is the same as another, so what I learn and have seen may not be much help to you, but I think some of my points are good in general points. Here we go!
I’m going to list each point after a number, so here’s the start. Point 1. Don’t be overly aggressive when trying to make a pass. I’ve not been the best racer of all time or anything but the only real time that I did something dumb that hurt somebody’s race was being too aggressive and going to the apron of the turn to make the pass. He was taking up all of the track, and I was much faster, but making a dumb move and crashing myself and other innocent racers isn’t the best thing. This isn’t like NASCAR ’14. Crashing others means that they are losing points for the championship. It also can hurt your license ranking so it’s really not worth being overly aggressive.
Point 2. Let somebody in, because they’ll need it. If you’re faster than somebody you’re trying to pass and they keep cutting you off so they can keep their position it can be hard to keep letting them in. But your record will be hurt if you wreck somebody and you wouldn’t want to be wrecked while racing so be calm and let them in. It’s better for your race to let somebody in and be right there still than to wreck them because at minimum your license can be affected and if you do it too often you can be reported. Let them in. You’ll need it yourself so race others the way you’d want to be raced.
Point 3. They won’t race you the way you race them. You still want to race others the way you want to be raced, just as in real life you should treat others the way you want to be treated, but they won’t do it back a lot of the time. Not to brag, but I’m really good at letting people in. What’s more, if they get next to my car and the in game spotter says that somebody is high or low I stick with my current line and don’t try to impede them. If they get under my car and it calls somebody low then that means they have a good run, and it’s not worth trying to cut them off to keep them back. I let them pass and get in behind them. Most of the people I’ve raced against don’t race that way. They will be super aggressive and won’t let me go if I’m next to them. In the last race I did my car was completely next to somebody and I held my low line and they still managed to cut me off and crash themselves and me in the process, even though I know they heard the same spotter indicating that I was below them. It was stupid, and be prepared for that yourself. Race them cleanly, but don’t expect it back.
Point 4. It’s worth losing a spot or two at the beginning. I know, that’s sort of contrary to what you’re supposed to do when racing, but it really is. I can’t tell you how many times I’ll be in a race where a wreck happens early on when some fool drives like an idiot and causes problems. I had one race where I started third and I was doing great keeping up with the main pack but then somebody coming on my inside just hit me and sent me crashing. It was stupid because the guy took me out. But I know the race would have gone much better if I had just let him go when he got close. It’s worth the lost spot. If you’re racing in the lower levels with people that don’t know what they are doing then you’ll need to learn to let a driver or two pass here and there. Trust me, you’ll make up more than enough spots from crashes if you do decide to back up.
There are other things I think I’ll learn from iRacing in the future, but those are the biggest things I’ve learned lately! Keep this in mind if you are looking into iRacing for the future or if you already play it!