With $7,000 on the line in the ISOWC 2021, drivers will begin their championship run in upstate New York at Watkins Glen International on May 8th, 2021. The season concludes at the end of July with a visit to the famed Brickyard for a 500 mile championship decider.
With just 2 ovals on the 6 race calendar, the races at Auto Club Speedway and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will take on significant intrigue as the traditional iRacing IndyCar challengers attempt to assert dominance over potential road course aces. 150 laps at Auto Club will see drivers race through the dusk into the night skies, while the 200 laps at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will see the traditional 4 lap qualifying take place across 2 days the week before the championship decider.
An interesting mix of road and street courses means no one driver can expect to dominate the 4 races in which cars will also turn right. In the first two rounds of the season, 60 laps at Watkins Glen will test car setup and managing slow and high speed car balance, while just surviving the bumps at Sebring for 40 gruelling laps will be the goal for some at a track used in the real world for street course testing. After our first oval race of the season at Auto Club, we remain in California for 85 laps of attrition on the streets of Long Beach - but with Safety Cars an ever present threat, the victor will be the one to react to changing tides the quickest. The penultimate race of the season takes us to Elkart Lake for 50 laps at Road America - a track where tyre strategy might prove to be a key!
Lewis McGlade, part of the RaceSpot TV commentary team is looking forward to the trip to the streets of Long Beach and the challenges it poses to drivers: "Whilst I love the strategy and wheel-to-wheel of ovals, I always enjoy the relentless nature of a street circuit and Long Beach is one of the best. Such a good flow and balance through there and nothing quite matches the feeling when you nail lap after lap leaving less than an inch to the walls risking everything".
With the total prize pool totalling to $7,000, the ISOWC 2021 Champion will take home $1,500 of the $4,350 championship pool with drivers as low as 30th still recieving a payout. In addition to the championship pool, each of the first five races will pay out $355 to the top 10 finishers, awarding $100 to the race winner for a total of $1,775 in 5 races. An additional prize pool of $875 will be on offer in the ISOWC 500 with the race winner taking home $250 meaning a perfect season would award the champion $2,250.
To learn more, visit the Competitor Home at https://isowc.org/ or join the series Discord: https://discord.gg/rrWYkYdG2g. Registration opens at https://isowc.org on Saturday 3rd of April at 15:00 GMT and will be open for two weeks.