Open setups, show-up points, broadcasted on DIRTVision and Twitch
The anticipation is building for DIRTcar eSports’ first-ever special event on iRacing.
The third annual Epperson Painting Night Before the 500 pres. by Wheeler Motorsports Consulting takes 360 Non-Wing Sprint Cars to the virtual Kokomo Speedway for the first time in DIRTcar eSports Tour history on Wednesday, Dec. 8, for a $250-to-win, $20-to-start special, broadcasted live on DIRTVision.
Elbows Up Sim Sport has partnered with DIRTcar eSports to co-sanction the marquee event, run one night prior to the start of Elbows Up’s annual Fake 500 asphalt event at iRacing’s Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Contrary to traditional DIRTcar eSports events, the Night Before will feature open setups, allowing drivers to create a custom car setup that fits their driving style. The School of Sim Racing has created a recommended setup to get drivers in the right ballpark, which can be downloaded at the link below.
While the race will pay out the normal DIRTcar eSports Tour purse, the open-setup stipulation makes it a show-up points event for all entrants. All drivers who attempt to qualify for the Night Before will receive 45 points toward the DIRTcar eSports Tour championship standings.
As an added twist, Tour championship chasers will have the opportunity to make up big gaps in the standings on their opponents in the final event of the season, when the Bicknell Racing Products Big Block Modifieds take to The Dirt Track at Charlotte on Jan. 19 for a double-points Feature event (1st – 150 pts, 2nd – 140 pts, 3rd – 130 pts, etc.)
The event format follows the traditional DIRTcar eSports format, which can consist of up to three separate rounds of racing. The exact race format used will depend on the number of entries, all of which is detailed in the link below.
DIRTVision.tv will have live coverage of the Night Before with announcers Chase Raudman and Justin Prince. The all-new DIRTcar eSports Twitch channel will also stream the event; drivers with Twitch accounts are encouraged to watch, share and interact with the channel throughout the winter season.
The session will go live on iRacing servers at 7:40pm ET with a 20-minute (minimum) practice session. Qualifying will begin immediately following the conclusion of the preceding Chevy Performance Street Stock League race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
If Qualifying Rounds and/or Preliminary Rounds are necessary, they will all be held on Wednesday night in succession, as opposed to the Tuesday before (as specified in the DIRTcar eSports format).