Did not get enough with the Season 1 patch recently? Well, since it is just about Christmas, iRacing is breaking its tradition of quarterly content updates and is throwing in an “off-schedule” Holiday Patch, adding the Chili Bowl oval track and animated pit crews for all Dallara cars present in-game!
Ready For Some Indoor (i)Racing?
The Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals track is not only a stand-out due to its importance in dirt midget racing, but also due to its location – it is inside (the Tulsa Expo Center in Tulsa, Oclahoma)!
Good thing that iRacing added the track right in time for the real-world “Super Bowl of midget racing”, happening two weeks after Christmas. Mind you, the track is not free though and it can be purchased through the iRacing store.
As for the pitstops, until now only available for NASCARs, additional pit crews have been “hired” for all of iRacing’s Dallara models, namely:
- Dallara DW12
- Dallara F3
- Dallara IR18
- Indycar Dallara – 2011
The patch is now available, and you can check out the full changelog below.
iRacing BETA Interface
– Fixed a background issue that was causing some users to experience a slow response when taking some interface actions.
– A curative elixir has been given to all crew members who were suffering from a metallic skin condition. Hopefully, there are no lasting side effects.
– Fixed an issue where headlight flare effects were not rendering correctly during the day.
– Fixed an issue where the sky was not appearing behind the rest of the scene, and at a distance in 3D, when using nVidia3D.
– Fixed an issue where track-side objects could turn black at twilight when vehicle headlights were disabled.
– Some diffuse light is now added to the reflections of objects at night. This will correct an issue, as seen on the cones at Lime Rock Park, where reflective areas could appear black at night.
– Fixed an issue where static shadows on the track surface were not turning on or off when getting in or out of a car with different Replay vs Graphics settings.
– Fixed an issue with cloud lighting where it would incorrectly dim and then get brighter again at sunset and sunrise.
Time of Day
– The “Clock:” label has been changed to “Sim Time:” on the Replay screen.
– The short day-of-week name has been added to the displayed value, and changed the color of the value from red to black so that it does not stand out as much as the Session Time.
– Fully animated IndyCar pit crews have been hired to work on all Dallara models!
– – Dallara DW12
– – Dallara F3
– – Dallara IR18
– – Indycar Dallara – 2011
– – – Be sure to take a pit stop with one of these cars to see the team in action!
– A rule change for GTE pit stops has been implemented.
– – Cars must now re-fuel first and may only change tires once re-fueling is complete. This addresses both Members’ requests and the anticipated change in real-life WEC rules for the 2019/20 season.
– The variable name “dc” has been changed to “dp” based on if a driver control is tied to the F7 black box or not.
– Fixed an issue where the “TimeOfDay:” and “Date:” strings were not being pulled correctly.
– Fixed an issue where some wheels on opponent cars were not spinning correctly or were floating above the ground.
NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 – 2018
– Additional details have been added to more distant LODs of this vehicle to reduce popping seen when the model and textures down-sample.
Charlotte Motor Speedway
– The flagger is now properly situated in his box.
– Removed some of the extra blue cones that block off the old Roval configuration road.
– Fixed a bump located at the exit of the infield road course near the light pole, and stitched up a terrain seam under the pit-out wall.
The Chili Bowl
– NEW TRACK!
– – The Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals, a brand new indoor dirt oval track, is now available for purchase in the iRacing Store!
– – Located at the Tulsa Expo Center in Oklahoma, racers from around the country across multiple disciplines come together to bear witness to what has been dubbed the ‘Super Bowl of Midget Racing’. The Chili Bowl Midget Nationals is a prestigious dirt racing event that has seen the likes of Tony Stewart, Kasey Kahne, Christopher Bell, Kyle Larson, Rico Abreu, and the Swindell family fill the grids. The inaugural Chili Bowl was organized by Lanny Edwards and partner Emmett Hahn. It was named after a local company who sponsored the first event. The race has been hosted at the Tulsa Expo Center since it was founded in 1987. The inaugural 1987 event consisted of 52 midgets competing in the 2-day event. The event now consists of four days of qualifiers for the Saturday night A-main event. The Chili Bowl’s key ingredient is the clay which once covered the adjacent fairgrounds. Without sun or wind to harm it, the indoor garden (roughly a quarter-mile circle) is heavily saturated so that the boldest dirt track artists of our time can truly shine. It accommodates over two hundred race rigs, bleachers for thousands of people, and an ever-growing trade show. To stroll the aisles of Tulsa’s QuikTrip Center, the home of The Golden Driller, is to rub shoulders with champions from across America.
– Grab yourself a helping of the fabled indoor dirt oval from the iRacing Store!
Circuit des 24 Heures du Mans
– Additional lightmaps have been added for greater detail at night.
Williams Grove Speedway
– Fixed a terrain seam located on an access road on T2 outside access road.
Go! Go! Go! Pit stop complete, we’re back online!
Happy Racing 🏁 pic.twitter.com/GFgRGksCGB
— iRacing.com (@iRacing) 19 December 2018