For the third consecutive season, the area’s top racers will put their skills to the test on the world’s most realistic racing simulation in the Inside Groove iRacing Challenge. Drivers will compete at some of the most famous short tracks across the country for a chance to win a total of $400 in posted awards, with all eight events on the 2021-22 schedule broadcasted live on the Inside Groove’s Facebook page.
Started in 2020 when the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the start of the racing schedule, the Inside Groove iRacing Challenge has quickly become a hit amongst area drivers and fans alike. Thunder Road late model competitor Marcel J. Gravel took home the inaugural “Corona Cup”, while ACT regular Ryan Kuhn scored a $300 top prize in 2020-21.
This year’s slate of races will begin at Five Flags Speedway for the New England Snowball Derby on December 15th. Other notable races include the Mill River Brewing All American 100 at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway on January 12th, along with a double points event at Hickory Motor Speedway on January 26th, followed by the championship event at Bristol Motor Speedway on February 2nd.
Each race provides a payout for the winner, with drivers having the chance to win as much as $100 in the more prestigious, longer distance races. The series will run iRacing’s newly upgraded variation of the Super Late Model, while running fixed setups. This means that each driver’s car will be set up identically, so the races come down to pure driver talent.
This year’s Inside Groove iRacing Challenge will be limited to past or present full time drivers and crew members from Thunder Road Speedbowl or the American Canadian Tour. For any questions about the Inside Groove iRacing Challenge, or for a copy of the series rulebook, please contact Nick Mumley on Facebook.