IRacing: A Fans Chance To Race Like The Pros

Amanda BradeenCorrespondent IOctober 20, 2009

LONG POND, PA - AUGUST 02: Marcos Ambrose, driver of the #47 IRacing.com-Kingsford-Clorox Toyota, walks through pit road prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 at the Pocono Raceway on August 2, 2009 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

So many people around the world only have one goal in life: Race!

Unfortunately, it is so hard to get into the sport that so many love. Then their came iRacing .

A recent friend of mine introduced me to iRacing as a way of getting closer to the sport.

iRacing is an online motosport simulator. All you need is a steering wheel, a Windows PC, and Internet connection—and of course, some money.

You will be racing against 1000s of people from all over the world.

iRacing was founded in September of 2004 by Dave Kaemmer and John Henry. Kaemmer is an active racer, as well as the co-founder of Papyrus Design Group.

John Henry is the principal owner of the Boston Red Sox and co-owner of Rousch Fenway Racing

There are 17 licensed cars that you can race throughout your course on iRacing .

These cars range from the Chevy Impala SS for the Sprint Cup series, the Legends 34 Ford Coupe, and a Chevy Silverado for the Craftsman Truck series.

When I asked my friend J.P, "Do the cars feel real?" He replied by saying, "the car feels exactly how an 800HP car or any other car would feel. Very hard to drive yet very accurate."

As far as tracks go, you are racing at a real racetrack. Tracks are scanned and put onto the web site. Professional circuit tracks include Richmond International Raceway, Daytona International Raceway, and the popular Lowe's Motor Speedway.

They also have local tracks, such as South Boston, Concord Motorsports Park, and my local Maine track, Oxford Plains Speedway!

Not only is it fans who get a chance with this simulator, but it has become a necessity to many professional drivers as well.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., an avid iRacing user says, "iRacing is the most exciting racing simulator ever made."

Other drivers who are fans of iRacing include, Marcos Ambrose, Justin Wilson (F1 and Indycar driver), Bobby Labonte, Alex Ardoin ( Star Mazda championship driver), as well as many other professional drivers.

Once you work yourself up to the pro rank, you can find yourself racing side by side with Dale Earnhardt Jr or Brad Keselowski.

For more information about prices and requirements, visit www.iRacing.com . If you are aspiring to become a professional driver, then I would say iRacing Simulator is well worth your money!