Re-introduction of IROC racing at FRC

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Re-introduction of IROC racing at FRC

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Guys,

In a discussion today at the track with Steve, we came up with a plan to re-introduce some IROC racing at each FRC event, starting from our next one. The intention is to allow guys without cars or who have no competitive cars of their own to participate in racing and the camaraderie and fun at FRC. It would also be great to see the number of racers attending events increase.

For those unfamiliar with the term, IROC stands for “International Race of Champions” where established drivers from diverse racing backgrounds competed (in real cars) for the spoils and the glory. Here’s a quote from Wikipedia explaining briefly what IROC is about:

“Drivers raced identically-prepared stock cars set up by a single team of mechanics in an effort to make the race purely a test of driver ability. It was run with a small field of 12 invited drivers.”

Over the years, FRC ended up going from just one to five dedicated types of IROC cars. I can’t explain it any better than the following excellent post by Luke T:

http://ggonsalves.com/frc/forum/viewtop ... 659&p=7992

We’re starting off with a few changes with how we’ll run the IROC 2022 racing:
  1. The initial class will be Ferrari Challenge using FRC’s Ferrari F430s.
  2. As with all racing at FRC now, the cars will have no traction magnets.
  3. The class will run as part of the new race day schedule of fitting in as many races as time allows, where we race the first race of each scheduled class, followed by the second race of each, etc. This means that we cannot expect to see the usual six races for IROC, however we’ll do as many as time allows.
  4. There will be no qualifying for IROC. Instead drivers will roll a dice to determine grid positions for the first race.
  5. As usual for IROC, drivers will move down to the next car for each successive IROC race for that event.
We did a test drive of the no 1 Ferrari without magnets and the car was surprisingly drivable, posting times in the 9.9 to 10 sec range. I’ll be adding a slight amount of ballast to each car for a little extra stability and will ensure that they are as closely matched as possible.

So guys, here’s an opportunity to have some real fun on very equal terms. Don’t miss out!
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Looking forward to seeing these in action and hopefully some additional drivers participating.
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Luke wrote: Tue May 03, 2022 4:35 am

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Good day, this sounds very interesting, depend on day and time I’ll try to make the attendance
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FRC's IRCO racing was always a GRAND favorite ... and from the very first type ... Porsche Cup / January 2011 8-)

Here's a bit of info ... (throughout the years) with the scheduled FRC IROC classes ... Motor RPMs & their 1st. Race Day:
  • 1. Porsche Cup ... Motor 21K rpm / RD63
    2. Lambo Series ... Motor 25K rpm / RD84
    3. Ferrari (Team) Challenge ... Motor 20K rpm / RD96
    4. Mini Challenge ... Motor 18K rpm / RD120
    5. Scalextric GT Challenge ... Motor 18K rpm / RD161 (and a personal 6-car collection by me)
    6. Nissan Super Series ... Motor 26K rpm / RD164
The Ferrari F430 Cars:
Image

Also included - are links to the starting point/beginning (Sept. 2011) of these 6 dazzling (Yellow, Blue & Red) Ferrari F430 cars 8-)
The inaugural/first event was 6 months later (March 2012) on Race Day 96 ...
The very first time raced as Non-Mag cars was (Dec. 2013) Race Day 152 and titled ... Ferrari Challenge - WET
Also very notable with this returned IROC event (May 2022) Race Day 297 & titled ... Ferrari Challenge - Non-Mag
... is its timing because IROC racing was first done in 2011 ;)

In other words - somewhat like a 10 Year Anniversary 8-)

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