So I mentioned in a previous post that I was getting back into iRacing after a much needed break. Well, the December race didn’t happen for me. I got sick. I caught a nasty little cold that kept me down for a few days – one of those days was race day .
The new year has brought on the addition of some plans that my one friend and I have concocted for sim racing “careers”. He created a race team for him and I and a likely rotating list of others that will join us periodically. Our primary purpose for this team is to run in the team endurance events iRacing puts on throughout the year. Enter Delta-V Racing…
He came up with the name and logo (I’ll try to remember to post some car pictures soon. I don’t have access to them currently), and we started making some plans to run in the endurance sim racing events this year. Our first is the 24 Hours of Daytona. Yep, it’s similar to the actual Rolex 24 that IMSA runs every year. Multiple classes of cars will compete within there class at the same time out on the track for 24 hours.
The goal of such a race? Well aside from the obvious (winning, of course), the goal is to survive and finish the entire race. It is preferable to survive with an undamaged car. I’m here to tell you that is no small feat. Winning is something even more spectacular.
The hitch is that these different classes of cars are all of varying speeds and handling capabilities out on the track. So, you have to contend with traffic while trying to be the first one in your class to get around the track each lap… for 24 hours. Then on top of that is the fact that it’s a team event. Multiple drivers in the same car throughout the race. When the car comes in for fuel and tires, we swap drivers. Some of us are faster. Some are slower. Some handle traffic better. We take turns knocking out laps throughout the entire race with that same set of goals… survive and try to win. The strategies at play become quite complex. It’s not always the fastest car in class that wins, either.
I’m looking very forward to this first race. We’ve got our race team. We have a planned schedule for who drives when. There are four of us: me, my buddy and two other mutual sim racing friends that have joined us for this race. Yep, 24 hours of racing and 4 guys to get it done. I am running 6 stints; that’s about 6 hours of driving in the car. I won’t do this all at once. We have planned to run 2 stints at a time and swap drivers to give us all breaks. The race starts about 8’ish on Saturday (January 19th) morning. I’m not actually scheduled to be in the car until about 3:30 or 4:00 that afternoon. Then I’m back for 2 stints from about 7 pm to 9 pm. And, finally, I’ll be pushing through the early morning hours from about 3 am to 5 am. My friend that “owns” the team will be starting the race on Saturday morning and then finishing the race on Sunday morning. The other to drives will handle the other 12 hours. Got to stay awake. Got to stay focused.
If all goes well, we’ll just click off the laps and run by the planned numbers. Heh, yeah… right…
Wish us luck 🙂