In just two years the iRacing Pro Race of Champions (iPROC) has become a fixture on the calendars of racing pros and fans around the world. Wednesday night’s iPROC attracted a Who’s Who of professional drivers from North and South America, Europe and Asia including NASCAR’s Brad Keselowski and Carl Edwards, NHRA Funny Car star Ron Capps, Formula 3000 champion/Indy 500 pole winner Bruno Junqueira, Porsche Carrera Cup GB competitor Chris Dymond and V8 Supercar star Shane Van Gisbergen.
With a lineup like that, no wonder 10,000+ fans tuned-in to iRacing.com’s live broadcast of the online races at Iowa Speedway and Watkins Glen International. And with competition so close that iRacing officials had to resort to a third tie-breaker before declaring Van Gisbergen the iPROC champion over NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ Chad McCumbee, odds are few viewers went away disappointed.
“The iRacing Pro Race of Champions is a real hit with the pro drivers and the racing public,” says Tony Gardner, President of iRacing.com. “Not only is that reflected by our viewers, but in the fact that we had to turn-down the requests of some pro drivers to participate. The fact is there’s only room for 36 competitors. We may have to expand the field next year . . . or run heat races!”
No matter how they fared, competitors echoed Gardner’s enthusiasm about the iPROC.
“I really appreciate iRacing for putting-on this event, said McCumbee. “It was awesome.”
“Had fun with Keselowski and all the rest in the iRacing Pro race,” Tweeted GRAND-AM champion Alex Gurney. “Heavy contact/barrel rolls for me in both races. Nice!”
“Gotta say thanks to iRacing and all the fans that tuned in,” Tweeted ARCA champion Frank Kimmel II. “Honored to be asked to race in an event like that. Hope to do it again!”
“Doing races like this with all the real drivers is certainly fun but everyone wants to win it!” said Van Gisbergen. “Can’t wait for the next one.”
Trust us Shane, you’ve got plenty of company. But while we may have to wait a whole year for iPROC III, you don’t have to be a professional racer to race with the pros. Anyone can join Van Gisbergen, McCumbee, Keselowski, Capps, Edwards and the other 40,000 iRacers competing in two dozen car models on more than 50 world class race tracks on the service. In fact, now is the perfect time to take advantage of the iRacing.com half-off holiday promotion. What’s more, an iRacing gift card is the perfect stocking-stuffer for the racing enthusiast in your family.
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