SCCA Goes Sim With Hoosier Virtual Super Tour Schedule

If you think your weekends are free now that race tracks are closed for the foreseeable future, load up your virtual trailer and think again. Faced with the cancelation or indefinite postponement of several spring and summer Hoosier Super Tours, the SCCA, Hoosier and iRacing have teamed up to launch a full slate of sim spectacles throughout the next few months.

Starting this weekend–April 4-5, 2020–SCCA Hoosier Virtual Super Tours will feature multiple classes of racing at digital replicas of various race venues around the country on the iRacing platform. Competition is open to all SCCA members who hold an iRacing D license or above, and members will need to join the SCCA’s dedicated eSports league to be able to enter the races.

At this time, there are no qualification procedures for the main events, which will be streamed live on the SCCA’s Facebook and YouTube channels, complete with announcers from the SCCA’s Runoffs broadcast crew. 

But entries will be limited and granted on a first-come, first-served basis once registration for each event opens. Still, the club stresses that the format for these events is dynamic. Based on growing interest, formats maybe changed from week to week. 

At this point, the intent is purely to give folks a competitive and social outlet during widespread lockdowns due to COVID-19. But Heyward Wagner, the SCCA’s senior director of marketing and experiential programs, did not rule out elements like points championships, more structured qualifying, or additional bells and whistles down the road. 

Initially, though, the name of the game is keeping people engaged and occupied in their primary hobbies. “EMotorsport is a great way to keep members engaged as racers and fans while we are all supporting good health by staying in our homes,” Wagner said, “and we are excited to use the opportunity to bring more exposure to all the ways SCCA members have fun with cars in the analog world.”

Look for the GRM colors on the grid–but please, don’t be rude when passing us. Remember, we grew up on “Donkey Kong” and “Night Driver.” Space bar for the gas, right?

The full text of the SCCA’s announcement is below, and you can access the links to the iRacing leagues and chat servers here.

 

Fresh on the heels of a trial run last week on the iRacing platform, the Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA eSports Super Tour begins in earnest this weekend with more race groups, a seven-race schedule, and a new name thanks to longtime Sports Car Club of America® supporter Hoosier Racing Tire.

Hoosier Racing Tire is on board as the series title partner in an extension of its support for the “outdoor” version of the Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour.

The races are open exclusively to SCCA members and will, of course, take place on iRacing. Each qualifying and race will be broadcast live to the public for those wishing to scratch the motorsports itch but not ready to jump behind the wheel of a virtual car themselves. Super Tour and SCCA National Championship Runoffs broadcasters Larry MacLeod and Gregg Ginsburg will be on the call for the eSports races each week.

The Hoosier SCCA eSports Super Tour Calendar:
The weekly, seven-race eSports schedule will mimic many of the tracks that the traditional Super Tour competes on, beginning this Saturday, April 4 at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.

  • April 4: Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta
  • April 11: Sebring International Raceway
  • April 18: Virginia International Raceway
  • April 25: Circuit of The Americas
  • May 2: Road America
  • May 9: Watkins Glen International
  • May 16: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course


The Hoosier SCCA eSports Super Tour Race Groups:
The Hoosier SCCA eSports Super Tour will consist of the following five race groups. Please note that Touring and Big Bore consist of multi-class racing, not unlike a traditional SCCA Road Racing weekend.  

  • Group 1: Spec Racer® Ford 
  • Group 2: Touring T1, Porsche Cayman GT4 T2, Mustang FR500
  • Group 3: Skip Barber Formula 2000
  • Group 4: Big Bore GT1, Cadillac CTS-V.R GT2, Porsche 911 Cup GT3, Audi TCR
  • Group 5: Global MX-5 Cup


The Hoosier SCCA eSports Super Tour Weekend Schedule:
Each race group will have 70 minutes of practice, 15 minutes for qualifying, and a 20-minute race.
Each race group’s practice times will begin as follows (all times Eastern):

  • 4:00 p.m.: Spec Racer Ford
  • 4:45 p.m.: Touring
  • 5:30 p.m.: Skip Barber F2000
  • 6:15 p.m.: Big Bore
  • 7:00 p.m.: Global MX-5 Cup

 

Want to Participate in the Hoosier SCCA eSports Super Tour? 
The Hoosier SCCA eSports Super Tour is open to current SCCA members only. Each race group will accommodate the first 40 drivers. To be allowed to join, register for the SCCA eSports league here.
Drivers will be allowed to participate in multiple race groups, limited to the time available in the posted schedule.
Additionally, informal SCCA eSports #funwithcars sessions will be hosted two to three nights per week. These sessions will be open to anyone, with no license requirements or live streaming. For hosted sessions, SCCA eSports will always use “funwithcars” as the password.
Participants may also join the SCCA eSports Discord Channel to stay up to date on race announcements. For a link to the SCCA eSports Discord Channel that includes an invitation, visit https://www.scca.com/articles/2013577-hoosier-joins-scca-esports-team-for-virtual-super-tour.

Want to Watch the SCCA eSports Hoosier Super Tour?
Links to Hoosier SCCA eSports Super Tour events will be posted as the events go live on the official SCCA Facebook and YouTube accounts, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern each Saturday.

 

Approximate broadcast times for each race group are as follows:

  • 5:00 p.m.: Spec Racer Ford
  • 5:55 p.m.: Touring
  • 6:40 p.m.: Skip Barber Formula 2000
  • 7:25 p.m.: Big Bore
  • 8:10 p.m.: Global MX-5 Cup
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David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
4/3/20 8:40 a.m.

Anyone else going to race alongside JG? One favor: Please don't nerf him off the track. Then I have to help load a damaged virtual car onto the virtual trailer.

Thanks. 

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
4/3/20 11:36 a.m.

i think Im going to be running at a minimum the Touring and Big Bore races. Probably in a T2 Mustang and TCR Audi respectively. Although that crazy Caddy WC car is fun as hell for the Bir Bore group. If the timing works out I'll hit the MX-5 Cup as well.

PS: Stay tuned for some possible surprised regarding some GRM-themed iRacing skins, or so I hear...

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
4/3/20 11:54 a.m.

In reply to JG Pasterjak :

We can have the MX-5 waiting on grid for you, warmed-up and ready to go. 

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_ Dork
4/3/20 12:04 p.m.

It should be interesting to see the turn out for participants. A lot of SCCA numbers are old-school and probably don't really know how to use a computer that well, much less have a good set of racing sim gear. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
4/3/20 12:15 p.m.

If last weekend's events are any indication, we're looking at full grids plus side events. 

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
4/3/20 12:33 p.m.
David S. Wallens said:

If last weekend's events are any indication, we're looking at full grids plus side events. 

Yeah last weekend you had to sit there refreshing your computer waiting for the event to pop up as soon as it was created in order to get a spot. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
4/3/20 12:52 p.m.

In reply to JG Pasterjak :

So no different than Solo Nats. smiley

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
4/4/20 2:59 p.m.

Watch Saturday's race here. 

 

captdownshift (Forum Supporter)
captdownshift (Forum Supporter) UltimaDork
4/4/20 3:41 p.m.

 

 

Here we see the bravest man in vitual racing, standing directly in front of a Mustang. The Mustang must be distracted, eyeing the potential carnage of packed stands. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
4/4/20 4:09 p.m.

It's 5:09 on Saturday, and we're about to go green. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
4/4/20 4:49 p.m.

Watch for JG in the big-bore race in a TCR Audi. 

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) MegaDork
4/4/20 5:40 p.m.

I am watching broadcast quality coverage of what amounts to a video game and this feels weird

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
4/4/20 9:02 p.m.

Some Spec Pinata action from further back in today's pack.

 

captdownshift (Forum Supporter)
captdownshift (Forum Supporter) UltimaDork
4/4/20 9:10 p.m.

In reply to David S. Wallens :

At the end you just knew what that green car was going to do as if it was a GT race. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
4/4/20 9:53 p.m.

In reply to captdownshift (Forum Supporter) :

The race at the front looked great. 

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
4/4/20 11:54 p.m.

During the Miata race my wife was at the table doing some school stuff and I had the race on the big screen. I winced during a replay of a particularly bad smack, and when she looked up I said "I know that guy."

"Do you think he's going to be okay?" was her response.

Yeah, honey. He's fine. Might have knocked over his Cheez Its in frustration, but I think he'll walk again.

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