I kept hearing and reading tweets about iRacing and decided to do a little research about it.

This is part one, about getting started, with more to come in the following weeks.

I went to the person I know has been iRacing for awhile, Tj Majors, who spots for Dale Earnhardt Jr. in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.

What did I need to get started?

“You basically need a computer with a steering wheel and pedals as well as a internet connection.  You can go to iracing.com and sign up for their service.” Majors replied.

What computer things do I need like video card, internet connection, things along that line?

Majors answered,” You need a decent gaming computer.  Home built computers work great too.  A good video card and a good internet connection would be good!”

When does season start?

“There are iRacing seasons.  I’m not sure when they all start and end but they have a schedule laid out on their website you can follow.” Majors said.

Since I’m a beginner what’s the best area to start?


Majors advice,” Rookie legends or street stocks.  Learn to just finish races.  It pays better to just finish than it does to finish 2nd with some incident points.”

Is there a better time of day to race?

“There is racing all day long.  The evenings are usually really good times though, lots of racers on!”, responds Majors.

What is the biggest piece of advice for a beginner?

Majors answers,” Just finish.  Don’t wreck.  Race it like a real car.  You will learn more and move up faster if you use your head.  If you are wreck less in the beginning it will take you longer to dig out of that hole.”

You can also access the iRacing site through NASCAR.com.  I know up and coming drivers use it, and even Sprint Cup drivers can be found there.

I’ll have part two of this article in a couple of weeks. 

Editor’s note:  iRacing is not just about NASCAR, either.  It looks like there’s just about any kind of motorsports you’d like to compete in there, from road racing to short track Saturday night shootouts, etc.