Having been teased way back in October 2021, it appears the 1987 Buick Lesabre will be making its way onto the iRacing simulation platform sooner rather than later, thanks to Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Earlier this evening, 17th February 2022, the ‘Pied Piper’ of Daytona confirmed via Twitter that the NASCAR stock car will be “coming to iRacing next month and he’d like your help with the base livery design.
He then shared four images – A, B, C and D – all using variants of the iRacing logo, with white, red and blue colouring. It seems that the winning paint scheme from the social media poll will make the platform.
Notably, these are not official NASCAR designs from in period, with Earnhardt Jr. explaining that “getting the rights to that design/number/name/everything was problematic and would delay the release of the vehicle,” after a Twitter user asked about Bobby Allison’s Miller beer sponsored Buick of the same vintage.
Last year, the iRacing Executive Director tweeted that the Buick was chosen over the ’87 Pontiac as “the Buick could easily be an Olds as well, so kinda 2 for 1.”
Whether that remains the case come March remains to be seen. Either way, the Lasabre will be available for iRacing in a matter of weeks and now the community has the chance to decide its initial look.
Its real-world on-track rivals, the 1987 NASCAR Chevrolet Monte Carlo and Ford Thunderbird are already available.