While there’s still a little more than two weeks until the calendar hits 2023, iRacing has once again gotten an early start on the new year as their first season of 2023 is officially underway as of 13th December 2022.
Pieces of content like the Mercedes-AMG W13 E Performance, Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours and even that new dirt track, Lincoln Speedway, all have a place somewhere on the new schedule that started on 13th December. Here’s where you can enjoy the content in iRacing official races.
NEW CARS WITH NEW SERIES
The Mercedes-AMG W13 E Performance will have its own pair of Class A official series for Season 1. In the Formula A – Grand Prix Series has an open setup and a fixed setup championship to contest. The open set races are twice the length in laps with fuel restricted to 70 percent.
- Week 1 – Fuji International Speedway – Grand Prix
- Week 2 – Red Bull Ring – Grand Prix
- Week 3 – Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari (Imola) – Grand Prix
- Week 4 – Suzuka International Racing Course – Grand Prix
- Week 5 – Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg – Grand Prix
- Week 6 – Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps – Grand Prix Pits
- Week 7 – Autódromo José Carlos Pace (Interlagos) – Grand Prix
- Week 8 – Silverstone Circuit – Grand Prix
- Week 9 – Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
- Week 10 – Autodromo Nazionale Monza – Grand Prix
- Week 11 – Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours – Grand Prix
- Week 12 – Nürburgring Grand-Prix-Strecke – Grand Prix
As for the other paid racecar piece, the BMW M Hybrid V8 will be included in four multi-class racing series, two of which will occur on a weekly basis. There’s one Americanized series representing IMSA, which will have 45 minute races. The other is a European series with 60 minute events.
The IMSA iRacing Series merely needs a Class B license or above to participate while the European Sprint Pure Driving School Series will be for those at a Class A license. Both series will race against the Dallara P217 LMP2 class. IMSA has the GT3 class included while Euro races against GTEs.
|Week #||IMSA iRacing Series||Euro Sprint Pure Driving School Series|
|1||Autódromo José Carlos Pace – Grand Prix||Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg – Grand Prix|
|2||Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya – Historic||Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps – Grand Prix Pits|
|3||Watkins Glen International – Boot||Autodromo Nazionale Monza – Grand Prix|
|4||Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Road Course||Circuit des 24 Heures du Mans – 24 Heures du Mans|
|5||Hungaroring||Daytona International Speedway – Road Course|
|6||Daytona International Speedway – Road Course||Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours – Grand Prix|
|7||Long Beach Street Circuit||Autódromo José Carlos Pace – Grand Prix|
|8||Barber Motorsports Park – Full Course||Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya – Historic|
|9||Nürburgring Grand-Prix-Strecke – Grand Prix||Road Atlanta – Full Course|
|10||Road America – Full Course||Watkins Glen International – Classic Boot|
|11||Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle – Belle Isle||Sebring International Raceway – International|
|12||Sebring International Raceway – International||Road America – Full Course|
There are also Endurance Racing series that don’t conform to the week-by-week iRacing schedule, but rather a bi-weekly schedule with much longer races. The BMW M Hybrid V8 will be a part of those as well as the upcoming iRacing 24 Hours of Daytona Special Event.
For those looking to get in on the free Toyota GR86 action, there are also two series to jump into which allows for the driving and racing of said vehicle.
One of those is the new iRacing GR Cup, a fixed series with a lot of included tracks on the schedule. The other you can race it in is the multi-class Production Car Sim-Lab Challenge Series, which it replaces the Pontiac Solstice in the lineup of the redesigned Ford Mustang FR500S and Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup.
|Week #||iRacing GR Cup (GR86 ONLY)||Production Car Sim-Lab Challenge (multi)|
|1||Virginia International Raceway – Full Course||Nürburgring Nordschleife – Industriefahrten|
|2||Okayama International Circuit – Full Course||Lime Rock Park – Grand Prix|
|3||Lime Rock Park – Grand Prix||Sandown International Motor Raceway|
|4||Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours – Grand Prix||Motorsport Arena Oschersleben|
|5||WeatherTech Raceway at Laguna Seca – Full|
|Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps|
|6||Summit Point Raceway – Summit Point Raceway||Virginia International Raceway – North|
|7||Fuji International Speedway – Grand Prix||Hungaroring|
|8||Tsukuba Circuit – 2000 Full||Red Bull Ring – North|
|9||Motorsport Arena Oschersleben – Grand Prix||Charlotte Motor Speedway – Roval|
|10||Oulton Park Circuit – International||Oulton Park Circuit – International|
|11||Road America – Full Course||Circuit of the Americas – West|
|12||Rudskogen Motorsenter||Rudskogen Motorsenter|
Two new venues have found their way to the fold this season, one being the magnificent Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours in France and the other being the ovular dirt course in Pennsylvania, that being Lincoln Speedway.
For Magny Cours, there’s a four week block between weeks 4 to 7 where it will be heavily utilized in many different series. Week 2 will be the first time in official that iRacers can get on track with the Kamel GT Championship. After Week 7, Formula B (Week 9) and Formula A (Week 11) are the only places to race it.
- Week 2 – Kamel GT Championship (open)
- Week 4 – Ferrari GT3 Challenge (fixed)
- Week 4 – Mission R Challenge (fixed)
- Week 4 – iRacing GR Cup (fixed)
- Week 4 – Porsche Cup (open)
- Week 4 – Porsche Cup (fixed)
- Week 4 – GT Heusinkveld Challenge (open)
- Week 5 – GT4 Falken Tyre Challenge (open)
- Week 5 – GT4 Falken Tyre Challenge (fixed)
- Week 5 – Formula C – DOF Reality Dallara F3 Series (open)
- Week 5 – Formula C – Moza Racing Dallara F3 Series (fixed)
- Week 5 – Grand Prix Legends (open)
- Week 6 – Global Fanatec Challenge (fixed)
- Week 6 – European Sprint Pure Driving School Series (open)
- Week 7 – Touring Car Turn Racing Challenge (open)
- Week 7 – Touring Car Turn Racing Challenge (fixed)
- Week 7 – iRacing Classic Lotus Grand Prix (open)
- Week 7 – GT Endurance VRS Series (open)
- Week 7 – GT3 Fanatec Challenge (fixed)
- Week 7 – GT Sprint VRS Series (open)
- Week 9 – Formula B – Formula Renault 3.5 Series (open)
- Week 11 – Formula A – Grand Prix Series (open)
- Week 11 – Formula A – Grand Prix Series (fixed)
As for Lincoln, this new dirt track will join a multitude of different dirt racing series, from the rookie ranks of the Dirt Legends Cup all the way up to the top level World of Outlaws branded dirt series. There’s basically a chance to run the track every week in Season 1, except weeks 6, 7 and 8.
- Week 1 – USAC 360 Sprint Car Series (open)
- Week 2 – Dirt Midget Cup (open)
- Week 2 – Dirt Midget Cup (fixed)
- Week 3 – DIRTcar Limited Late Model Series (fixed)
- Week 3 – DIRTcar UMP Modified Series (fixed)
- Week 4 – DIRTcar 358 Modified Engine Ice Series (fixed)
- Week 4 – Big Block Modified Series (open)
- Week 4 – Big Block Modified Series (fixed)
- Week 5 – Dirt 410 Sprint Car Tour (fixed)
- Week 5 – World of Outlaws Late Model Series (open)
- Week 5 – World of Outlaws Late Model Series (fixed)
- Week 5 – World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series (open)
- Week 5 – World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series (fixed)
- Week 5 – Dirt Super Late Model Tour (fixed)
- Week 9 – DIRTcar Class C Dirt Street Stock Series (fixed)
- Week 10 – AMSOIL USAC Sprint Car National Championship (open)
- Week 11 – Dirt Legends Cup (open)
- Week 12 – DIRTcar 305 Sprint Car Fanatec Series (fixed)
- Week 12 – DIRTcar 360 Sprint Car Carquest Series (open)
- Week 12 – DIRTcar 360 Sprint Car Carquest Series (fixed)
- Week 12 – DIRTcar Pro Late Model Series (open)
- Week 12 – DIRTcar Pro Late Model Series (fixed)
As for the iRacing Special Events in 2023 Season 1, four of them have been named once the calendar switches over to the new year. Technically speaking, there are five this season as one is happening right now. Officially though, iRacing has listed four Special Events for the 2023 calendar.
The last Special Event in 2022 – The iRacing Chili Bowl Nationals – is happening right now, and lasts from the 13th to the 18th of December. When 2022 is in the rearview mirror, 2023 starts out with iRacers spending three events in Daytona while the fourth is down under in Australia, the Bathurst 12 Hours.
|13-15 JAN||Roar before the 24||GT4 / Touring Car / Toyota GR86||NO|
|20-22 JAN||iRacing 24 Hours of Daytona||GTP / LMP2 / GT3||YES|
|10-12 FEB||iRacing Bathurst 12 Hours||GTE||YES|
|14-19 FEB||NASCAR iRacing Series Daytona 500||NASCAR NEXT Gen Cup Car||NO|
Your usual cast of NASCAR Racing series, IndyCar series, GT3 racing, and all the other popular ones are back as well for the new season. The full 2023 Season 1 schedule is available over on the iRacing forums and the Special Events will be announced in chunks this year as opposed to all at once.
Will you be getting in on any of the new content in official racing this season? Let us know what you’ll be diving into in 2023 Season 1 down in the comments below!