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[SJ]Jarkko Rantajoki

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iRacing news
« on: January 06, 2009, 03:53:39 am »
 
Quote from: John Henry, iRacing Staff

there is no doubt we are going to have private leagues. It's more a question of when and how



So, there WILL be private league support eventually.

[SJ]Jarkko Rantajoki

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Re: iRacing news
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2009, 06:03:05 pm »
This is a quote from the latest development blog... My god! Could it be WTCC!?!?!?!

Quote from: Steve Myers
For what may be a cruel tease on the licensing side of things, we are getting very close to being able to announce a handful of SIGNIFICANT deals we are working on that I think will be incredible for all of us.  For those who have been asking for more tin-tops, I will tell you that I expect to be signing one of those significant contracts that will put at least three in the development queue.


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Re: iRacing news
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2009, 03:10:10 am »
Ya but they'll be in 'the development queue'.  Just like League Support and my home track.

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[SJ]Jarkko Rantajoki

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Re: iRacing news
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2009, 08:32:31 am »
Ya but they'll be in 'the development queue'.  Just like League Support and my home track.

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In fact league support wont be what the iRacing staff had planned at first. thank to this elite crying and going hysterical, result is that that they are planning leagues scheduled and dictated by iRacing, so no private leagues after all i think. Lots of people kept whining about it, people who have false ideas what it would be like. Many were also afraid that there wouldnt be anymore runners for regular iRacing races.

Easy workarounds to prevent this issue:

1.Limit drivers to do only 1 league race in a week.
2.Private leagues shouldnt have any effect on iRating.
3.Add a small price in participating private leagues.
4.Add a small price in organising a league.

Its a shame, as i know it will keep lot of people away from iRacing.

Marcus

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Re: iRacing news
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2009, 04:31:08 am »
I have an elitist view too.  If they don't support private leagues and let the customers dictate what they want to race, and who they want to race with then I'm out.  I will not renew my subscription this August. 

The best Sim ever ruined because they don't support the casual gamer.  haha  I want to race the powerful cars too, and I don't want to spend countless hours away from my son trying to work my way up to them.  They can go to hell.  Until they support the private league. And until they'll support a guy who doesn't have 10-20 hours a week to race.  I wont give them another dime. 

It's a sim, and it's a game.  I don't care how much they tell me it's more than a game!  I pay for it, I want to play it on my terms.  The way it is now, they should just start giving out XP points like WoW.  It's the same process, and I don't play role playing games for the same reason.  Driving hours and hours in a Solstice is the same as chopping down level three trolls or some damn thing in WoW just so you can level up.  Ridiculous.

I have been struggling for a long time to decide just how I felt about iRacing.  Hearing that they are shying away from the private league because of worries of the iRacing 'elite' really pisses me off.  These are the same guys that shame a newcomer by calling him 'noob' in the forum, and on the track.  The crowd that moved to iRacing isn't tolerant of anyone but fan boys.  Try to post a differing point of view there, and you will be torn down with off topic insults.  I wasn't attacked personally, but the attitude of the people in that forum is what drove me away from the sim.

I don't have time for their 'training tool'.  Give me a game any day.


[SJ]nissan man

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Re: iRacing news
« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2009, 08:48:00 am »
I have an elitist view too.  If they don't support private leagues and let the customers dictate what they want to race, and who they want to race with then I'm out.  I will not renew my subscription this August. 

The best Sim ever ruined because they don't support the casual gamer.  haha  I want to race the powerful cars too, and I don't want to spend countless hours away from my son trying to work my way up to them.  They can go to hell.  Until they support the private league. And until they'll support a guy who doesn't have 10-20 hours a week to race.  I wont give them another dime. 

It's a sim, and it's a game.  I don't care how much they tell me it's more than a game!  I pay for it, I want to play it on my terms.  The way it is now, they should just start giving out XP points like WoW.  It's the same process, and I don't play role playing games for the same reason.  Driving hours and hours in a Solstice is the same as chopping down level three trolls or some damn thing in WoW just so you can level up.  Ridiculous.

I have been struggling for a long time to decide just how I felt about iRacing.  Hearing that they are shying away from the private league because of worries of the iRacing 'elite' really pisses me off.  These are the same guys that shame a newcomer by calling him 'noob' in the forum, and on the track.  The crowd that moved to iRacing isn't tolerant of anyone but fan boys.  Try to post a differing point of view there, and you will be torn down with off topic insults.  I wasn't attacked personally, but the attitude of the people in that forum is what drove me away from the sim.

I don't have time for their 'training tool'.  Give me a game any day.


this was the whole problem with their model, it too closely simulates the racing experience. and i don't mean the driving. first you got to run these cars, then if your good enough you get to drive these cars, etc... till you move up the ladder till only the elite are left for the fastest cars. While this system is great for finding the elite drivers, like it's designed to do, it leaves nothing for the many more drivers that didn't make it. This was the main reason i never seriously look at this. I have no delusions of grandeur that i'm the next Senna, Prost, etc... I'm about an average driver. I mean hell, i can't win a race here at SJ on pure speed, what would make me think i could match up with the best in iRacing.

So you reach your level and stay there, and thats it, your stuck, like a dead end job. Just like in real racing. Thats how iRacing is setup.

Thats what makes club racing so great, the ladder system doesn't exists. you race because you want to be there, not because you have to to move up. you find something you like and race with others that feel the same way. thats what sim racing is all about. if you want to move up the ladder, go do real racing, or play toca race driver/grid  lol 

[SJ]Jarkko Rantajoki

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Re: iRacing news
« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2009, 09:48:22 am »

I want to race the powerful cars too, and I don't want to spend countless hours away from my son trying to work my way up to them.  They can go to hell.  Until they support the private league. And until they'll support a guy who doesn't have 10-20 hours a week to race.  I wont give them another dime. 



Quite frankly, you dont need to do that. Advancing on licence requires so very little, that you can do it even with extremely low mileage easily.
SR above 3 (mega easy to achieve) and 4 races or 4 time trials in 12 week period is literally nothing.

[SJ]Kristof Huyck

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Re: iRacing news
« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2009, 01:11:13 pm »

I want to race the powerful cars too, and I don't want to spend countless hours away from my son trying to work my way up to them.  They can go to hell.  Until they support the private league. And until they'll support a guy who doesn't have 10-20 hours a week to race.  I wont give them another dime. 



Quite frankly, you dont need to do that. Advancing on licence requires so very little, that you can do it even with extremely low mileage easily.
SR above 3 (mega easy to achieve) and 4 races or 4 time trials in 12 week period is literally nothing.


It requires to f*cking wait for a few months to be able to race new cars, that's a BIG requirement for me. I was tired of the Solstice after 2 weeks and I raced the Skip Barber for like 3 weeks but then I lost interest because I had to wait another 6 weeks for my promotion and to be able to race new cars.

The driving is very good, but the system isn't. BTW, when will we see some European content  :?: Announcement this year and in the game in 2010 then  lol

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Re: iRacing news
« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2009, 01:13:22 pm »
They are planning to make the rookie seasons shorter, i was lucky i got promoted while i was away, and only had couple weeks on next promotion.. so to me its like gaining 2 licences in very short period. Gonna be licence C in couple weeks, and then ill have loads of options what to run.

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Re: iRacing news
« Reply #9 on: January 17, 2009, 03:48:36 pm »

I want to race the powerful cars too, and I don't want to spend countless hours away from my son trying to work my way up to them.  They can go to hell.  Until they support the private league. And until they'll support a guy who doesn't have 10-20 hours a week to race.  I wont give them another dime. 



Quite frankly, you dont need to do that. Advancing on licence requires so very little, that you can do it even with extremely low mileage easily.
SR above 3 (mega easy to achieve) and 4 races or 4 time trials in 12 week period is literally nothing.


It requires to f*cking wait for a few months to be able to race new cars, that's a BIG requirement for me. I was tired of the Solstice after 2 weeks and I raced the Skip Barber for like 3 weeks but then I lost interest because I had to wait another 6 weeks for my promotion and to be able to race new cars.

The driving is very good, but the system isn't. BTW, when will we see some European content  :?: Announcement this year and in the game in 2010 then  lol



Things I guess have changed somewhat since then as the rookie series are four weeks after which you get the D class license.  When I signed up it was the last week of a rookie season, so I was in the D class within a week.  Within the D class license you can be in the C class formula mazda in a day if you hammer your SR enough.  After that things slow down though as it will take the entire 12 week season to get a C class license, but then again you could be in a B class car within a day. Each class is split in 10 divisions, so the slowest aren't being blown away all the time by the fastest.

Gaining access to faster cars isn't that difficult.

I'd like to see some international tracks too, but you have to realize that their laser scanning method of creating tracks and cars is time consuming and farking expensive.  I'm sure they have to get permission from the track owner, probably rent the track out for the duration and probably pay a licensing fee as well.  Not to mention the travel expenses, work visas and employee salaries.  We're talking tens of thousands of dollars here just to get the raw data.

I like iracing overall. Great quality tracks and cars, can always find a race Sunday mornings and the racers are usually matched well.

[SJ]Jarkko Rantajoki

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Re: iRacing news
« Reply #10 on: January 17, 2009, 06:03:42 pm »

I like iracing overall. Great quality tracks and cars, can always find a race Sunday mornings and the racers are usually matched well.


Just about sums it up for me too. mmm.. in a week or so.. I get to race Radicals.. :)

[SJ]Cato Larsen

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Re: iRacing news
« Reply #11 on: January 17, 2009, 08:24:22 pm »

I like iracing overall. Great quality tracks and cars, can always find a race Sunday mornings and the racers are usually matched well.


Just about sums it up for me too. mmm.. in a week or so.. I get to race Radicals.. :)


i have 3 months now. I was a bit off this morning and must have ticked the wrong button or sumtin. lol

[SJ]Jarkko Rantajoki

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Re: iRacing news
« Reply #12 on: January 23, 2009, 05:42:04 pm »
2009 Season 1 schedule released..

http://members.iracing.com/iforum/thread.jspa?threadID=23332&tstart=0

Promotions and a major update are this weekend... cant wait!
And im gonna get to race Impala this season too! will be fun.
Shame i have to wait one season to get to race Dayton Prototype.

Quote from:  Steve Myers
Attached you will find the 2009 Season 1 racing schedule. You will notice quite a few changes in the track lineup this season with many of these changes occurring because of your feedback.

One change you will notice is that the Star Mazda Series will now incorporate two oval races this season as these races seemed to be incredibly popular in our fun race schedule and the actual Star Mazda Series will be running ovals as well. We will also have Watkins Glen on the Impala schedule this season which should spice up the late season championship hunt in that series.

The Impala series will be open to BOTH B and A licensed drivers this season and we have moved the Silver Crown Series to a single day race event schedule. This means 4.0 C license holders will also be able to drive the Impala this season. Please be aware that this is a temporary situation until we are able to build a suitable replacement for a race vehicle that would typically fall between the Silverado and Impala in the real world. Also, the SK Modified Series will now run a full weeks racing schedule on the opposite hours of the Late Model Schedule.

The Impala, Radical and Daytona Prototype schedules will all have a limited racing schedule to try and ensure licensed drivers will be able to participate in an official race. We have done our best to look at the data to balance these race times at peak participation time slots.

I wish you the best of luck this season.

Steve


[SJ]Jett

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Re: iRacing news
« Reply #13 on: January 24, 2009, 08:10:54 pm »
Looks like a great upcoming season and with the addition of the COT and DP it will be a tricky season trying to find time to race them all. Even though I am moving up to A Road course and B Oval I will probably stick with the Silverado but skip the Radicals and go up to the Prototypes.

Open practices will be a nice improvement as well.

Thanks Miguel for all the setup help this past season! Wouldn't of had done as well without your setups mate!  :hats off:




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Re: iRacing news
« Reply #14 on: January 30, 2009, 11:04:48 pm »
New build is out.. Promotions will be tomorrow night.

[SJ]Jarkko Rantajoki

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Re: iRacing news
« Reply #15 on: February 01, 2009, 03:38:03 am »
Promotions are out, but they are in maintenance mode atm.. looks like some guys got some freebies, and got promoted when they didnt meet the minimum requirements.

Im rightfully a class C now both ovals and road, lots to choose for racing now!

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« Reply #16 on: February 01, 2009, 08:08:27 am »
The new Impala is tough to drive but fun. Since the update the Silverado's are much better to drive and should be a good season for those except that all of our setups no longer work. The Radical is better too..but really no idea why except for tire modeling maybe. Thanks to Miguel for his continued work on setups on those and the Star Mazda's. Hopefully the DP's are as good as we all think.

Should be an interesting season with a lot  of new tracks ..and the Corvette C6-R coming out.


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Re: iRacing news
« Reply #17 on: February 01, 2009, 03:01:49 pm »
Those who got promoted without meeting the requirements are now demoted back how they should be apparently.

I like the truck a lot.. done one race with it so far, was great clean and close.

[SJ]Jett

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Re: iRacing news
« Reply #18 on: February 01, 2009, 08:05:09 pm »
wow..didn't think you like the ovals much Jarkko but cool to see you do. Since the update the netcode is improved also..should help the racing as well.

[SJ]Jarkko Rantajoki

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Re: iRacing news
« Reply #19 on: February 01, 2009, 10:23:34 pm »
wow..didn't think you like the ovals much Jarkko but cool to see you do. Since the update the netcode is improved also..should help the racing as well.


Yeah the truck on big track is nice. We ran almost 50 laps in draft, 9 cars within meters of eachother, swapping places.. was great :)
Im not fan of the LM though, too little power, too little tracks.

[SJ]Kristof Huyck

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« Reply #20 on: February 02, 2009, 08:31:22 pm »
Those who got promoted without meeting the requirements are now demoted back how they should be apparently.

I like the truck a lot.. done one race with it so far, was great clean and close.


WTF? They've set me back to rookie, while I already had a D licence since months ago... I'm glad my account is set to cancel as it's getting more an more ridiculious

[SJ]Jarkko Rantajoki

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Re: iRacing news
« Reply #21 on: February 02, 2009, 10:19:47 pm »
Those who got promoted without meeting the requirements are now demoted back how they should be apparently.

I like the truck a lot.. done one race with it so far, was great clean and close.


WTF? They've set me back to rookie, while I already had a D licence since months ago... I'm glad my account is set to cancel as it's getting more an more ridiculious



Your SR must have been so low you got demoted  :?:

[SJ]Jarkko Rantajoki

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Re: iRacing news
« Reply #22 on: February 02, 2009, 10:21:23 pm »
Those who got promoted without meeting the requirements are now demoted back how they should be apparently.

I like the truck a lot.. done one race with it so far, was great clean and close.


WTF? They've set me back to rookie, while I already had a D licence since months ago... I'm glad my account is set to cancel as it's getting more an more ridiculious



No, its clearly good enough. There was some problem with the promotions, just contact support and im sure they fix it.

[SJ]Kristof Huyck

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« Reply #23 on: February 02, 2009, 10:30:37 pm »
Those who got promoted without meeting the requirements are now demoted back how they should be apparently.

I like the truck a lot.. done one race with it so far, was great clean and close.


WTF? They've set me back to rookie, while I already had a D licence since months ago... I'm glad my account is set to cancel as it's getting more an more ridiculious



No, its clearly good enough. There was some problem with the promotions, just contact support and im sure they fix it.



I've sent a mail. As I'm ill I can't race anyway, still I'm not happy with their licence / SR system. I just like to race Radicals, without weeks of any other car  :grr:

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Re: iRacing news
« Reply #24 on: February 02, 2009, 10:33:52 pm »
Im gonna do only fast oval cars this season, as odd as it sounds :)
I get all the Road racing i want in SJ, and need to divide the time so i can be competitive in everything i race.

[SJ]hOt6o4bOi

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Re: iRacing news
« Reply #25 on: February 03, 2009, 04:58:58 am »
hey jark, can i use your daytona silverado set?

[SJ]Jarkko Rantajoki

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Re: iRacing news
« Reply #26 on: February 03, 2009, 06:53:22 am »
hey jark, can i use your daytona silverado set?


I dont know m8, i might need to ask. :)
Its Club Scandinavia secrets. haha!
If you promise not so share with anyone, i can send it.

[SJ]Kristof Huyck

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Re: iRacing news
« Reply #27 on: February 04, 2009, 06:56:06 pm »
My problem with the licence is solved. Seems like there is only 1 D-licence league (road), that means extra cash to buy that stupid 'car' and the track. Than a few races, where I hopefully don't get pushed off track or am involved in any kind of incident. Than wait for a few weeks to get the C licence and than I finally should be able to race the radical in a league  :hmm: Why do they have to make it that complicated  :dunno: or rather: more expensive  :idea: than it should be

[SJ]Jett

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« Reply #28 on: February 05, 2009, 09:52:46 pm »
You can race Star Mazda's with a D license as well as Skip Barbers, Pontiac Solstice. Star Mazda's are a lot of fun and will be a great season of racing.

I am looking forward to the Daytona Prototype's though. :D

[SJ]Jarkko Rantajoki

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« Reply #29 on: February 05, 2009, 09:55:23 pm »
My problem with the licence is solved. Seems like there is only 1 D-licence league (road), that means extra cash to buy that stupid 'car' and the track. Than a few races, where I hopefully don't get pushed off track or am involved in any kind of incident. Than wait for a few weeks to get the C licence and than I finally should be able to race the radical in a league  :hmm: Why do they have to make it that complicated  :dunno: or rather: more expensive  :idea: than it should be


I think you just need to accept that you arent the target customer for iRacing. :)

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Re: iRacing news
« Reply #30 on: February 13, 2009, 05:59:13 pm »
Release notes for 2009.02.11.03 Build

This build will be going up tomorrow 2/13/09.

CarsOpen PracticeRace Control

Improvements and bugfixes to the pace car when it picks up the leader at the beginning of a caution.

Bug FixesSoundRegion Standings Widget

[SJ]Jett

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Re: iRacing news
« Reply #31 on: February 13, 2009, 08:18:50 pm »