NASA Launches Inaugural Sim Racing Leagues on iRacing

The National Auto Sport Association is pleased to announce the creation of two new racing leagues it will host on iRacing. The inaugural 2020 season will have two leagues with 10 races per league that run every other Tuesday night through August. Additionally, there will be up to $13,000 in cash prizes available to Pro League drivers as well as real life contingency prizes. Long time NASA partners Toyo Tires and Hawk Performance have kicked in to pay out contingency dollars in each of our new Sim Leagues. These “real dollars” will help our virtual racers get back on track with NASA as soon as we can safely host events. Additionally, Competition Motorsport has stepped up to provide each inaugural league winner with a OMP TRS-E racing seat. Lastly, each 2020 league winner will get a free entry to any regional NASA event of their choosing providing a true racing ladder for sim-to-reality racing. Contingency rules for each program will be published shortly. 

The inaugural NASA Club Sim Racing League will run the first and third Tuesday night of each month, kicking off on Tuesday, April 7 at Circuit of The Americas, and running through Tuesday August 18. The leagues will visit some of the greatest tracks around the country like WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, Sonoma Raceway, Daytona and more. All NASA members with iRacing can run in the Club League for free. Select events will be live-streamed with commentary and will be on the NASA Facebook page for all to enjoy the action. 

The inaugural NASA Pro Sim Racing League will run the second and fourth Tuesday nights, beginning Tuesday, April 14 at Circuit of the Americas, through Tuesday, August 25 at all the same tracks as the Club League, but with different vehicles and open setups. Live streams of events with commentary will be on the NASA Facebook page for all to enjoy the action. Each race will feature cash prizes available to current NASA members. You can find the full schedule for the Club and Pro Sim Racing Leagues HERE

“We are thrilled to be launching our official sim racing leagues,” said Jeremy Croiset, NASA Vice President. “We expect this unique approach to the Sim Racing Community will be well received. Our program is very scalable providing ample opportunity for sim racers of all skill levels to take advantage of our new program. These new leagues will offer NASA members a way to still interact together during these unprecedented times while they compete for real prizes and rewards. We hope to continue announcing more partners to the program as we work toward growing it. Big thanks to our very own Will Faules for offering to steer this new program!”

“This will be a great thing for our members while we’re looking at unforeseen downtime due to the Covid-19 pandemic,” said NASA Texas Regional Director, Will Faules. “It also presents a good opportunity for NASA to grow into the big ‘e-sector’ in the events NASA offers regionally and nationally. We wanted to use club friendly vehicles in the Club League with more challenging vehicles in the Pro League, all while using vehicles included in iRacing as not to incur more costs for the participants in these inaugural leagues. I hope this brings a sense of community and positive interaction during the quarantine period, as well as scratching the itch for real competition with many NASA racers already training and racing on simulators at home.”

As a resource for the league, you can ask a question on #DRIVENASA Community Forums. Interested participants are encouraged to join and participate in the discussions.

iRacing liveries are available HERE.

Club League – Sample Night

First and third Tuesdays at 7 p.m. CST. Schedule HERE

Global MX5 – fixed setup

Circuit of The Americas, short course configuration. 

– 80-minute Practice Session

– 10-minute Qualifying session

– 30-Minute Race

Entry Fee: No

Registration: drivenasa.com

Details

  • Free Event registration for all events will be on drivenasa.com under National Events. The first event registration will open on April 3rd. 
      • Password to sessions will be emailed to all participants before the session. 
  • NASA Membership required.
  • Limited to 60 drivers.(iRacing max)
  • Select events live streamed.
  • 2 Points Drops

Pro League – Sample Night:

Second and fourth Tuesdays at 7 p.m. CST. Schedule HERE

Global MX5 – Open Setup

Circuit of The Americas, full 3.4mi configuration. 

– 60-minute Practice Session

– 15-minute Qualifying session

– 45-Minute Race

Details

  • The leagues are currently being built in iRacing and will be available soon.
  • Event registration for all events will be on drivenasa.com under National Events.The first event registration will open on April 3rd. 
      • Password to sessions will be emailed to all participants before the session. 
  • NASA Membership required. (Required iRacing license ratings TBD)
  • Limited to 60 drivers.(iRacing max)
  • $49 entry fee. 
  • $25 of every entry to go to prize money. 
  • $5 NASA Sim Promo code given to all paid participants. 
  • Live streaming on NASA Facebook page.
  • 2 Points Drops.

Payout Schedule*

Sprint Sim RacingPayout Schedule1st2nd3rd4th5thHard ChargerAll Drivers
40+ entries$500$225$100$75$50$50$5 Sim Racing Promo Code
25 – 39 entries$250$150$100$75$25$25$5 Sim Racing Promo Code
10 – 24 entries$100$75$50$25$5 Sim Racing Promo Code
3 – 9 entries$50$25$5 Sim Racing Promo Code

 

*Prize money will only be awarded to those who have participated in a NASA event anytime during the last five years. (Example: first through third place finishers never participated in a NASA event, fourth place finisher is NASA driver and will earn 1st place prize money) 

8 COMMENTS

    • There are quite a few back end expenses, and yes we are a for-profit business, yet I’d challenge you to show me an iRacing league that pays out a bigger percentage of the entry fee. Hope you’ll join us for either the Club or Pro league! Cheers!

  1. Iracing already charges me, why would you charge us on top of that ? For what exactly Compared to what iracing does normally without nasa? Sounds like a good excuse to make Mo money.

    • Oliver, The pro league charges an entry fee and pays out cash prizes. In addition, both the Club (free) and Pro leagues payout contingencies from our partners at Toyo Tires, Hawk Performance, and a Championship prize from Competition Motorsports. So yes, while we are a for-profit business, we always do our best to provide great value to our customers. Cheers!

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