NASCAR iRacing Series will host Daytona 500 special events this week

Justin Melillo
The iRacing Daytona 500 is this week! The special event is a part of the NASCAR iRacing Series schedule once again, and will feature many 200 lap adventures.
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NASCAR fans, it’s finally your time to shine! NASCAR headlines the next big Special Event located on the 2023 iRacing Special Event schedule.

Starting on Wednesday, the iRacing Daytona 500 will be taking place through the already existing NASCAR iRacing Series (NiS) official championship, in both the Fixed and Open setup series.

This is the fourth official Special Event on iRacing’s calendar for 2023, and it’s the first of four big NASCAR races that will be a part of and count towards the NiS schedule. The other three are the Coke 600 at Charlotte in May, the Bristol Night Race in September and the Phoenix finale in November.

NiS already follows the NASCAR Cup Series schedule for all 36 points paying race weeks on the real-world schedule. The series is for Oval Class C drivers and above (or Class D license holders with a Safety Rating of 4.0 or above).

The iRacing Daytona 500 will have nine time slots, five of which occur in the Fixed setup series and the other four in the Open setup series. Those times are listed below.

TimeslotDateTime ETTime GMTFixed / Open?
115-Feb (Wed)4:00 pm21:00FIXED
215-Feb (Wed)9:00 pm02:00 (Thur)OPEN
316-Feb (Thur)2:00 pm19:00OPEN
416-Feb (Thur)9:00 pm02:00 (Fri)FIXED
517-Feb (Fri)9:00 pm02:00 (Sat)OPEN
618-Feb (Sat)5:00 am10:00FIXED
718-Feb (Sat)12:00 pm17:00FIXED
818-Feb (Sat)9:00 pm02:00 (Sun)FIXED
919-Feb (Sun)10:00 am15:00OPEN

The real-world Daytona 500 kicks off this weekend as well. This year is the 65th running of The Great American Race. Last season, Austin Cindric held off Bubba Wallace to win his first ever race in the series.

This year, the likes of Jimmie Johnson and Travis Pastrana will attempt to qualify into the show as hopefuls such as Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson are looking for their first Harley J. Earl trophy.

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Here’s what else you need to know for iRacing’s Great American (sim) Race:

  • 200 Laps – 500 miles
  • Max Field Size: 37 cars
  • Tire Sets Available: 8
  • Stop and Go Penalty Incident Limit: 17x
  • Disqualification Incident Limit: 25x

Source: iRacing

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