The iRacing Pro Series (an informal preview)

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John Henry, 4.January 2009:

OK I’m jumping the gun (or the start) in discussing three things you know are coming and another you don’t know about. Everything below is subject to change and I may make a few errors in outlining things in haste, but in the interest of trying to keep everyone as informed as possible, here goes with the first one.

iRacing Pro Series

We will soon be announcing the iRacing.com™ Pro Series and providing you with a detailed outline/preview of what we are planning. We’ll look forward to getting your input at that time. For now, preliminarily,

There are going to be two series:

iRacing Oval Pro Series
iRacing Road Course Pro Series


Both series will open in August of 2009 and conclude in January of 2010. Nothing has been finalized, but it appears that both series will be open to the 250 drivers with the highest iRatings among drivers that have acquired Pro Licenses – the top 250 oval and top 250 road drivers.

These two series are going to be the Inaugural Pro Series and will be slightly different both in timeframe and purpose from the 2010 Pro Series that will begin in February 2010.

You must currently have at least a C license in order to be eligible for the Inaugural Pro Series. The reason for this is simple. It takes time to acquire a Pro license. (If you have a Rookie or D license right now, you will be eligible to compete in the next Pro Series – the 2010 Pro Series beginning February 2010) (Oh now, stop complaining newcomers - you'll have to earn your stripes!)

Here’s how the progression must go for you to acquire your Pro License by August 2009. If you have a C license now, you need to be promoted and acquire your B license at the end of this month (January 2009), acquire your A license at the end of April 2009 and then your Pro license at the end of July 2009.

At the end of January, 2010, the top 50 drivers from the Inaugural iRacing Oval Pro Series will be promoted to the Inaugural iRacing Drivers Oval World Championship (see next post) which is launching February 2010.

Similarly, at the end of January, 2010, the top 50 drivers from the Inaugural iRacing Road Course Pro Series will be promoted to the Inaugural iRacing Drivers Road Course World Championship which is launching February 2010.

Tentatively we are thinking there will be weekly races for the Inaugural Pro Series – alternating between oval and road courses. Each race one-third of the available spots will go to the top scoring drivers from the most recent standings and two-thirds of the available spots on the grid will go to the remaining drivers who have the fastest qualifying times for this race (there will be qualifying sessions each week among pro drivers).

The 2010 Pro Series will have the same format but exclude the drivers who are part of the iRacing Drivers World Championships.

Beginning in 2011 the Pro Series races spots on the grid each week are going to be the (a) 10 top scoring drivers from the most recent standings (b) the 20 drivers who last season were eliminated from the iRacing Drivers World Championship (c) the remaining spots go to the highest qualifying pro drivers for this race. Current World Championship Drivers will not permitted in the Pro Series.
 
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