The Sim Racing series, in conjunction with iRacing, will allow the world’s best racers and Pro Sim teams to compete.
LAKE ELKHART, Wisconsin. – The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) goes global. And not just when it comes to common GTP/LMDh and GT3 rule packages shared with other sports car organizations for 2023. The name of the latest IMSA series speaks for itself: IMSA Esports Global Championship.
While IMSA’s association with iRacing.com goes back over a decade and includes the IMSA iRacing Pro Series and the IMSA Triple Crown Challenge, the IMSA Esports Global Championship announced today is the first IMSA-supported iRacing series dedicated to professional sim and sim racing. commands.
The IMSA Esports Global Championship kicks off in October and will feature the world’s best professional racers and sim teams competing for cash purses in every event of the four-race series and the overall series championship. Races will be streamed on iRacing and RACESPOT on YouTube, Facebook and Twitch.
In keeping with the more traditional IMSA racing series, the Esports Global Championship will feature multi-driver, multi-class racing and will feature heavily modeled iRacing GT3 and TCR vehicles. The series will allow professional sim drivers and teams to develop close working relationships with eight manufacturers participating in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge: BMW, Ferrari, Honda, Hyundai, Lamborghini, McLaren, Mercedes-AMG and Porsche.
“The IMSA Esports Global Championship is the next step in our esports presence following the success of the IMSA iRacing Pro Series and IMSA Triple Crown Challenge,” said IMSA President John Doonan. “IMSA was one of the first motorsports organizations to recognize the potential of working with iRacing to bridge the gap between simulation and real racing by bringing in our manufacturing partners. We are delighted that the eight manufacturers competing in IMSA this year will take part in the IMSA Esports Global Championship and we expect this number to increase in the coming years.”
The IMSA Esports World Championship will debut at the Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta virtual circuit on Sunday, October 16th. The following races will be held at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca (October 23), as well as the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (November 6) and Daytona International. Speedway (November 20). All races will start early on Sunday mornings in the US Eastern time zone. According to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship sprint races, each race will last two hours and 40 minutes.
“iRacing and IMSA have a long and productive relationship,” said Tony Gardner, president of iRacing.com. “Our partnership with IMSA has enabled more than 160,000 iRacers around the world to virtually race the world’s fastest sports cars on the legendary North American road circuits. The IMSA Esports Global Championship is a natural and exciting next step in our relationship with IMSA as well as many of the world’s leading performance vehicle manufacturers.”
More details on the IMSA Esports Global Championship 2022 will be announced at a later date.