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  • Steph

    Shifting Gears in the Skip Barber

    By Steph

    About a month ago, I decided to only stick to one series, and get better at that instead of joining any one of the car/track combinations that I had bought the content for. At the point I was not sure if one series was enough, and I was afraid that i might get bored with racing just one car on one track for a whole week. It has turned out to be more than enough, and I even some times wish that the series would stay at a track for longer than just one week. I even get nervous and anxious every Tu
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  • Nathan McDougal

    Patience

    By Nathan McDougal

    The one thing I don’t think we talk about enough is racecraft. There’s a lot of new racers joining all the time or guys who are upgrading from a game pad and console......to a pc and a wheel. Especially right now being tax season. We need to help some of these guys with tips from the more seasoned drivers.    I’ll kick it off:   My first piece of advice for somebody who is new to Sim Racing is to practice/race long stints. Don’t just run 5 laps and tweak, 5 more laps and twea
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  • Nathan McDougal

    Attacking Corners

    By Nathan McDougal

    Attacking corners    Today we need to talk about how to handle corners. I’ve seen a lot of new racers posting about “just got my first wheel and pedals” and so on. Let’s give them some help.    The first thing you need to know is that slower, really is faster. If you are frantic into the corner and end up braking too hard and losing the balance of the car....you’re not going to have a good corner exit.    You have to think about turns in two parts. Entry and exit. T
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  • Steph

    iRacing Bars

    By Steph

    One thing that I have really had trouble understanding properly, are the iRacing performance bars. So i had a closer look at them, and the information available, to try and sort them out. Although I will try to explain what these bars show, based off what i could gather from the internet, I sadly can’t get into exactly why they show what they do. This seems to be more complicated, than even iRacing support can figure out some times. Non the less, it is a good and detailed explanation of all the
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  • Nathan McDougal

    Hindsight

    By Nathan McDougal

    Alright boys and girls let’s get into some nitty gritty. Take a look at this race and tell me what I did wrong here. It’s a pretty clean race, but there are several things that can be tightened up for sure.   I normally run a minimum of 20 laps in races like this, but for the sake of capturing I ran a sprint. It’s an older video, but it will work just fine for our purposes here. Racecraft 101. How about it all you veteran racers? If I was running 25 laps in this race
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Expanding the Racing Line

Expanding the Racing Line

Racing can at times be brutal for new racers. The ideas we have about how our races will go, often don’t match the reality of where we are as drivers. Almost everybody is going to picture themselves up near the front and battling for position. We imagine making quick, clean passes and taking positions from other drivers. This is not always going to be the case however. The truth is, as you get better every position on track gets harder and harder to take. And yes, you will have to TAKE them

Nathan McDougal

Nathan McDougal

I Won A Race For Once

I Won A Race For Once

Well guys, I've finally put a victory on YouTube again. Stay tuned, because tonight at 9pm est I'll be in the same car at the same track and I'm probably gonna stream it. Also considering some of the questions I have been asked, I'm wondering if I might make a video explaining what my process is for preparing for a race. The reason I haven't done a video such as this is simply because I've been learning a lot lately. I'd rather not make such a video until I am a bit more consistent with my race
Do you really really need it?

Do you really really need it?

Sim racing can be expensive, especially when you end up buying things or services that you don’t need. It’s called buyers remorse and i get hit by it some times, but not quite as much as it used to! We are all into motorsports, and ride the same wave of trying to shave off lap times, by improving not only our driving, but also the equipment. Even the smallest of improvements to our hardware can mean a lot of time on the digital track. At least this is what we are lead to believe and sometim

Steph

Steph

Matching Series with Skill Level

Matching Series with Skill Level

Maybe you’re just getting started as a sim racer, or maybe you’ve been away from racing for a while and you’ve just come back. Maybe you’ve simply fallen into a rut you can’t pull yourself out of. Consider that you may be racing in the wrong series before giving up. We all have our favorite motorsports and the types of racing we love most. Maybe you love real F1 so you want to race F1 right off the bat. Maybe it’s GT3, Indy, or Prototype cars. Let’s look at “where we want to be” vs “where w
When it is your fault

When it is your fault

When you enter a race, you don’t plan on crashing. You don’t expect to do it to anybody else and you don’t expect them to do it to you. But there’s a pretty good chance that it’s going to happen. We’ve all been taken out in turn 1 at some point or another, by some overly eager driver who tried to out-brake everybody. We’ve all been wrecked by passes that were either too aggressive, or made in a bad part of the track. Crashing is a part of racing to some extent. Sadly, in sim racing it’s far more
Jeff Brown with IracingIflag

Jeff Brown with IracingIflag

I don’t know if you have seen our logo around in Iracing, but I sure hope you have. We have been around for almost a year now. We make visual aids for drivers that run in Iracing. Our IracingIflags give visual aid by giving the driver a heads up on just about everything going on out on the track from displaying the flag status on the track, to helping you come in the pits by telling you if your going to fast or even to slow. The box gives the driver over 20 visual aids in all. Our Irac
Best Voice Commands for Crew Chief

Best Voice Commands for Crew Chief

Earlier I shared a post on how to speak to Crew Chief. You can do this in several ways but my favorite right now is to have a button that you need to hold, while speaking. It seems to be the most stable method. This is all great, but what really matters, is what you can say to Crew Chief. Since i started researching into this, I have used Crew Chief more and more. I have found out that it can do a whole lot more than i expected it could, and it has actually even replaced my need of a few ex

Steph

Steph

Avoiding frustration

Avoiding frustration

When we think about racing we mostly think about turning fast laps, qualifying well, and then finishing it all off with a podium finish or a win. The sad reality is that’s just not how racing works. The truth can often be much harder to swallow. It can even be frustrating. Let’s talk briefly about frustration in racing and having realistic expectations. Causes of Frustration When racing, there are all kinds of things that can get in the way of a top finish. Lack of practice, bad qualif
Talk & Crew Chief

Talk & Crew Chief

I have grown really fond of Crew Chief mainly because it can do so much more than you’d expect of it! I initially bought the app for my android phone and used it back in the days when i was racing on X-box. Now on PC i have downloaded the program, that is even better than the app i paid for! Crew Chief is a program that will keep you well informed during a race. It will tell you about your lap times, motivate you, scorn you if you don’t perform, and generally give you information about your

Steph

Steph

Passing & Defending

Passing & Defending

Passing Every racing movie ever made shows the hero blow past his competitor in the final laps of a race. An amazing pass that usually seems like the driver is willing his car to be faster than his rival by pushing the pedal a little harder or shifting in some dramatic fashion. Unfortunately, in real racing or sim racing there is no such thing as being able to “will” your way past someone. To pass, you must be faster. As the passing driver, it is your responsibility to make sure that the
F1 2019 preorders open

F1 2019 preorders open

The F1 series was what got me started racing, after i felt that i needed to upgrade from Burnout. It was the game that opened my eyes virtual racing, and that the racing and not the crashing on car-games actually was very exciting! Although the series was a bit stuck on the same reskinned game in the early 2010s the latest series have gained a lot of momentum and are really impressive! Also, in my opinion, they are the best racing games for consoles, if you can live without a big range of cars.

Steph

Steph

The Race

The Race

Ok. So, you’ve practiced (hopefully long stints like we previously talked about), you’ve set up your car and you’ve qualified for a position on the grid. It’s finally time for the actual race. There’s a lot that can go right, and there’s a lot that can go wrong. Here are some tips to run a clean and strong race. 1) The Start This is where most racers get it wrong and I don’t just mean sim racers either. No matter where they are starting, they feel like they’ve got to win lap 1. If you’
Setup Hotkeys: Tire Pressure

Setup Hotkeys: Tire Pressure

Probably your first and often most major adjustment, tire pressure is incredibly important to stabilizing your car's handling, as well as optimizing top speed. Below is a handy guide to help you determine what tire pressure you need for any car on any track. Calculator may be required.
Practice

Practice

We have all heard the same thing. Practice, practice, practice. Some racers spend a lot of time practicing, which can be really helpful, but it can also be a waste of your time and even detrimental. If you are going to practice, you’re probably doing so in preparation for a race. Why then do we go out guns blazing and run off the track? We’ve all done it. Sometimes we mistake practice for qualifying. We want to get faster and faster and FASTER! The problem is we never took the time to get good
First Impressions SimuCube 2 Sport

First Impressions SimuCube 2 Sport

The installation went smooth, it took about 5 minutes to mount the motor, the rim and the software. The new SQR ( Simucube Quick Release ) system is so refreshing to use after the well known previous systems. You slide your wheel on the shaft, and lock it with the pin. It is quick and secure connection, yet a little bit unorthodox in it's approach. You get both the wheel side and motor side quick release pieces with your motor. The system itself is for 50.8mm hole spacing, that is traditional

Attila Kiss

Attila Kiss

Find Five Challenge

Find Five Challenge

Here is a Find Five challenge, made with a picture of a Ferrari 512 BB/LM N.A.R.T #72 from Forza 6. I have edited five details that i hope are tricky enough for you to not see, but also not so tricky that you give up. Have a close look at the picture, and see if you can find them all.   If you have looked closely, and still can't find all of the differences, you can find the solutions here.

Steph

Steph

Unboxing the Simucube 2 Sport

Unboxing the Simucube 2 Sport

This is a big day! The pack has just arrived from Finland in time before the official release. It is a surprisingly compact thick carton box. It was delivered without major scars, it is all good so far. Oh, it is Heavy, but pretty easy to deal with..so, lets take a look: She is a beauty! One classy looking, sexy motor. The craftsmanship and materials are excellent. Every surface is aluminium, hard anodized. The very nice finish is matching on each parts. The chamfering on the edges

Attila Kiss

Attila Kiss

Top iRacing Addons

Top iRacing Addons

iRacing is an exceptionally good sim racer, and is almost a complete racing solution for dedicated and passionate racers. That said, there are a few external addons that make it even better. We’re going to take a look at the most popular Most of these, work as separate programs, that will feed off the iRacing API and give you real time information on what is going on in the game/sim. Crew Chief Crew chief is basically what you would expect of a pit wall crew. It is roughly a combi

Steph

Steph

Hindsight

Hindsight

Alright boys and girls let’s get into some nitty gritty. Take a look at this race and tell me what I did wrong here. It’s a pretty clean race, but there are several things that can be tightened up for sure.   I normally run a minimum of 20 laps in races like this, but for the sake of capturing I ran a sprint. It’s an older video, but it will work just fine for our purposes here. Racecraft 101. How about it all you veteran racers? If I was running 25 laps in this race
iRacing Bars

iRacing Bars

One thing that I have really had trouble understanding properly, are the iRacing performance bars. So i had a closer look at them, and the information available, to try and sort them out. Although I will try to explain what these bars show, based off what i could gather from the internet, I sadly can’t get into exactly why they show what they do. This seems to be more complicated, than even iRacing support can figure out some times. Non the less, it is a good and detailed explanation of all the

Steph

Steph

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  • Blog Comments

    • The temp variance is determined largely by track conditions, vehicle weight, and simply how hard you push, so it's difficult to provide a bench mark on that for me. As for the full tank question, I practice for whatever type of race I'm doing. If it's an hour race or more, most likely a full tank or whatever I think will get me through 40 minutes. This is on average for me how long I can keep a set of tires in raceable condition.
    • This was what my comment was in response to also. 
    • Admittedly I haven't very well figured out that part of PC2, I've found that often depending on the race length and vehicle weight it's sometimes better to start the race with a much lower pressure and work the suspension and tire wear during my testing. This way during the race I can push hard at the beginning and get the pressure up without destroying the tires first. Of course a race with a pit stop also makes this issue much easier to manage. It's also important to remember to compensate adj
    • You're right and this is why I love games with a career mode. Project cars 1&2 as great one.
    • I am getting more and more happy with Crew Chief the more i use it. Very impressive work the guys behind it put into it for free!
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