KCR Simulators announces title sponsorship for new five-week iRacing championship
With real world racing still on pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda will take its first foray into online sim racing starting on Tuesday, May 26 at 6:30 p.m. Eastern.
Following the success of the FR Americas iRacing Invitational Championship, KCR Simulators maximized its partnership with SCCA Pro Racing to create the five-week KCR Simulators F4 U.S. Esports Championship.
KCR Simulators will work with drivers participating in the esports series to push the limits of their simulator development.
"I'm incredibly excited to be a part of the F4 U.S. Esports Championship,” said KCR Simulator CEO Kyle Connery. “I look forward to the information we will collect in making a better product for our customers. Just like the drivers, teams, and series we at KCR Simulators strive to always improve. Pushing the limits of simulator development to provide an accurate platform for drivers to hone their skills."
The KCR Simulators F4 U.S. Esports Championship drivers will tackle some of the championship’s favorite circuits from over the last five seasons, including Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Barber Motorsports Park, Homestead-Miami Speedway and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course with one bonus North American track picked by fans.
The format for each race will include a separate practice and qualifying session, followed by a 30-minute feature. The top-three drivers will be interviewed post-race in the winner’s circle. With only 33 available spots, current, former and future F4 U.S. drivers will qualify prior to each event to set the weekly entry list.
To keep in the spirit of F4, the drivers will compete virtually against one another in the identically prepared F3 international cars with additional weight and detuned power to simulate a more real-life F4 driving experience.
The championship winner will receive a huge prize from the reigning FR Americas team champions. In effort to show the single-seater progression, Global Racing Group will host the iRacing champion for a real-life test day in the Halo-equipped Ligier JS F3 car. The championship prize package also includes an Omologato watch, Bell Helmet Accessories and a Balaclava and 50 percent discount from Sabelt America.
KCR Simulators will also award the weekly hard charger with a private one-hour coaching session with three-time champion Dakota Dickerson.
The championship will be streamed weekly by Apex Racing TV starting at 6:30 p.m. Eastern live across the F4 U.S. YouTube channel and Facebook page and Apex Racing YouTube and Twitch channels with live commentary from John Fippin and Austin Knight.
First Place: Test day from Global Racing Group in an FR Americas car (non-transferable), Omologato watch, Bell Helmet Accessories, Free Balaclava and 50% off a one-time purchase
Second Place: Set of Hankook F4 Tires, Bell Helmet Accessories, Sabelt 50% off a one-time purchase
Third: Three-month virtual Trainer from PitFit Training, Bell Helmet Accessories, Sabelt 30% off a one-time purchase
(Season End) SCCA Pro Racing Season Pole Position Award- Free promoter test day entry awarded to the driver with the most pole position starts of the season
(Weekly) KCR Simulators Hard Charger Award- The driver with the most progression during the race will receive an hour one-on-one virtual coaching session from F4, F3 and iRacing champion Dakota Dickerson
*All prizes non-transferable
KCR Simulators F4 U.S. Esports Championship Schedule (Live Stream Begins at 6:30 p.m. Eastern):
Tuesday, May 26 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Tuesday, June 2 at Barber Motorsports Park
Tuesday, June 9 at Homestead-Miami Speedway
Tuesday, June 16 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
Tuesday, June 23 Fan Choice
*Photos provided by Blake Upton