2010SE Race 9 – iRacing Brickyard 400

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I felt very, very confident heading into this event. I had done very little testing but felt comfortable with the iRacing Advanced setup almost immediately. I knew I could keep the car on the track and also knew that if I needed to push I could put out some decent lap times.

I ran a single qualifying session and amusingly set exactly the same lap time (down to the thousandth) as someone I had been communicating with about the Brickyard 400 on Twitter. I felt I probably could have done a faster time, but my qualifying time felt comfortable and I really wanted to not drive over the limits of my skill or the setup during the race. My time of 43.690 was enough to put me fifth on the grid anyway.

Starting on the inside was a definite advantage and I saw that quickly when I managed to start fifth and be third before the end of lap one. I stayed third until lap ten when Dwight Plesh got a little sideways and then eventually pitted under the next caution, allowing me to take second.

Leading the field into turn one at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Leading the field into turn one at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

I ran in the top-three until lap 39 when I pitted out of the lead. This put me off sequence with just about everyone else and for the rest of the race I would have to fight my way forward with fresh tires and then try to hold track position on worn tires when others had pitted.

I restarted 18th on lap 44 and by lap 62 had worked my way back into the top-five, leading lap 66 due to drivers ahead of me fighting too hard for position and all losing out. I decided to pit on lap 68 and this put me 17th for another restart and back on-sequence with the leaders. I decided to pit again on lap 76, figuring that my off-sequence pitting and quick pace going through the field on previous runs meant I could win the race that way if I stuck with it.

The lap 76 restart from 16th-place was good and I quickly moved my way back to the front, leading by lap 91. I led until lap 100 when drivers with fresher tires started to come up behind me, and just like I had in the entire race I let them by as soon as they were close enough to do so. I comfortably ran in the top-five again though and eventually pitted on lap 104.

Chuck Chambliss hits the wall after contact from Tomas Klopp.

Chuck Chambliss hits the wall after contact from Tomas Klopp.

Restarting in eighth-place on lap 106 with fresher tires than those ahead of me, I now knew I had just one more pit stop to make to finish the race and that I should have fresher tires then everyone else for the finish. I battled with the leaders for the entire run, taking advantage of those who were racing too hard and making contact with each other. I even led on very old tires by lap 138, eventually pitting on lap 146 for my fresh tires.

For the restart on lap 148 I ran in sixth-place and this is where the impatience of some of the drivers in the event became annoying… We had three restarts between laps 148 and the finish because people wrecked in the first turn on each green flag. I managed to pass two cars around the outside on the lap 148 restart (yes, on the outside), but never got a chance to get up to speed for either of the other two restarts, so remained stuck in fourth.

It became a terribly disappointing finish. I really hoped the race would not end that way, especially ending under a yellow flag.

Fin Sta Driver Interval Led Fast Lap
1 16 Michael Kundakcioglu 160 laps 20 53.193
2 28 Nicholas Winzurk -00.134 2 53.776
3 13 William Morton -01.206 2 54.321
4 5 Timothy Wheatley -01.375 23 53.914
5 3 Carlo Ardizzi -02.612 0 54.165
4 5 Timothy Wheatley -01.375 23 53.914


Watch on Youtube.
Lap 87 to 160.

Had you told me before the event that I would finish fourth, I would have been delighted. I never pushed my car the entire race, I never fought anybody for a position when being passed and I only really passed those ahead who gifted me the position by making a mistake. I had a lot in my pocket and even though I should be pleased with fourth, I am not. I never got chance to take my hand out of my pocket and show what I had.

Still, I suppose that’s racing… You win some, you lose some, and I can’t really say I am upset Michael Kundakcioglu got the win… He seemed like a really decent guy and was really pleased.

I am pleased, of course, to have had no incidents. Yes, that is right, I battled through the entire field multiple times and I fought for the lead, yet I emerged with no incidents and a massive gain of 1.02 on my safety rating. My fastest lap, on lap 116, was a 53.914.

11 thoughts on “2010SE Race 9 – iRacing Brickyard 400

  1. Nice job with the finish Tim. My split was very similar (yellows aplenty at the end). I’d wager that most splits were exactly the same. I wonder how many races completed under green!? I think it might just be zero.

  2. [..YouTube..] @EvilSamiad Yeah I probably wouldn’t have cut it that close but saw the green and black car in the left mirror… If I had swerved left he’d have hit me.

  3. [..YouTube..] Yeah I probably wouldn’t have cut it that close but saw the green and black car in the left mirror… If I had swerved left he’d have hit me.

  4. I was so disappointed Sam. It is especially annoying because I think every DWC race ends in the same way. I’m hoping to see it fixed soon…

  5. [..YouTube..] @wheels8648 Fanatec Porsche GT3RS Wheel. Default settings I think except I limit it from 900 to 450 degrees of rotation.

  6. [..YouTube..] Fanatec Porsche GT3RS Wheel. Default settings I think except I limit it from 900 to 450 degrees of rotation.

  7. Wow, it’s a good thing I didn’t know how close that call was at 3:29 in the first video (I was in the 31). My overdriving into turn 3 there could have cost you your race :P Thanks for sharing your perspective of the race Tim.

  8. Wasn’t your fault Trevor, there was a bunch of people on new tires behind a bunch of people on old ones. Things were stacking up into every turn. I also drove in deeper than I meant to and if I had hit you would have blamed myself for it, not you. :)

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I grew up in a household where waking up at 2am to watch races in Australia or Japan were the norm. We were huge fans of motor racing, so playing racing games seems like a natural extension of that.

My first racing game addiction was with Geoff Crammond's 'Formula 1 Grand Prix' released in 1992 on the Commodore Amiga. This game kept me going for a long time thanks to various editing tools which were available, and I continued to play it until I owned a PC. After that, I played through most of the Papyrus and Image Space Inc. titles, but have most fond memories of Grand Prix Legends.

I founded a major sim racing site that led to my employment at iRacing, Image Space Inc. and later on, Studio 397. The difficulty in working in the industry is how little time you often have to play your own games. Quite often I escape with space games instead!

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