World Cup spin-off: NASCAR FestOval

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With a more compact World Cup format for 2015,

this gives room for spin-off events.

These will be split in one for road and one for oval. For the oval, the name of the event is FestOval. The idea here is to race various NASCAR cars* on the same track. So, the Sprint Cup (class A), Nationwide (class B) and Truck (class C) will all race on Atlanta Motor Speedway. The Late Models (class D) are meant for short tracks, though, and is therefore sent to Lanier.

In good World Cup tradition, a variety of time slots are available, and you enter as many as you’d like. For Club Scandinavia, the three best “class scores” of each participant count. So, if you enter twice in the Sprint Cup, only your best of those two scores count. If you enter in all four classes, only three of your results count. Furthermore, for each class, only top six from each club count. This means that for full score, we need to field at least six drivers in each class (and the more, the merrier, plus better chances of good scores). These drivers may of course participate in all classes, or we could have entirely separate drivers for each.

The qualifier round will be Thursday March 12th 2015, while the final, with the best six clubs, will be held Saturday March 14th – just two days after. There is also a “Sportsman’s final” for the next six clubs the same day. The finals are similar in format, and spread out over the entire 24 hours, but with the difference that there is only one race in each class. Impractical for some, yes, but it will in fact be equally difficult for each club.

*You may want to simply say “NASCARs”, but then the Americans get angry 😀

As a sort of attachment, here is the entire event document:

World Cup Nascar FestOval

As part of the revised World Cup program for 2015, we want to have an event for just oval racing. We considered options for working in driver changes, some kind of multi-class races, very long races or some kind of tandem racing on super speedways but ultimately none of these felt like they would work very well on ovals so we fell back on a reasonably simple, oval-only variant of the regular World Cup.

Basic Format and Schedule

A qualifying round for all clubs. This will be held on March 12th 2015

A final for the top 6 clubs and a “Sportsman’s” final for clubs ranked 7 to 12 in the qualifier. These will be held on Saturday March 14th 2015.

Tracks, Weather and Cars

4 cars will be used – Late Model, Trucks, Class B and Class A. No iRating restrictions will be used but drivers must have the relevant license level for the car. The Iracing fixed setups for the track setups will be used for all. Default weather conditions will be used.

We wanted to give the event the feel of a festival of racing at one location. But, of course, no single track is suitable for all the cars. So, we’ll run the Trucks, B & A cars at Atlanta and the Late Models at Lanier

Detailed Format and Scoring – Qualifier

There will be 8 races – 2 per car – in a 24 hour period. So, starting at GMT 00:00 with the Late Models, then a race each 3 hours for the other cars, back to the LMs at 12:00 etc. Each race will be the same as races in the WC Qualifier – open to all, up to 10 splits. Splits determined by qualifying time.

The races will be on 12th March GMT Times (Note that this means that some races will be 11th March evening in The Americas and some will be 13th March morning in countries east of Europe

Race 1: 00:00 Late Models at Lanier 240 laps
Race 2: 03:00 Trucks at Atlanta 100 laps
Race 3: 06:00 B Class at Atlanta 100 laps
Race 4: 09:00 A Class at Atlanta 110 laps
Race 5: 12:00 Late Models at Lanier 240 laps
Race 6: 15:00 Trucks at Atlanta 100 laps
Race 7: 18:00 B Class at Atlanta 100 laps
Race 8: 21:00 A Class at Atlanta 110 laps

Drivers can race as many times as they want.

Scoring will be the same as the WC Qualifier (see Scoring table below) but with the best 6 drivers from each car counting towards the team total.

For the clubs who qualified for the 2014 WC Final, drivers can only score points in 2 classes (if they race in more, only their best 2 scores will be counted). For the Clubs who participated in the 2014 WC Tournament, drivers can score in 3 classes (again their best 3 scores if necessary). For all other clubs, drivers can score points in all classes.

Detailed Format and Scoring – Final and Sportsman’s Final

Basically the same as the qualifier but only 4 races each, alternating between the Sportsman’s Final and Main Final. So, starting at 00:00 GMT with the Sportsman’s LM race, then the Main Final LM race at 03:00, Sportsman’s Truck at 06:00 etc. Note that this means that each club will have races at “unfriendly” hours but the pain of this will be shared fairly equally.

For these races, only 2 splits will be run. The top 5 qualifiers from each club will be put into Split 1 and the next 5 into Split 2.

The scoring will be the same as the qualifying round (see Scoring table below). In the Main Final, drivers can only score in one class. In the Sportsman’s Final, drivers can only score in 2 classes. Race lengths will be the same as the Qualifying round.

Note that this allows a scenario where drivers can enter and successful qualify for more classes than they can score in and this may negatively impact a clubs overall score. The organisers will do nothing to prevent this – we will strictly take the best 10 qualifiers from each club and take the best score(s) allowed for each driver.

The races will be on 14th March GMT Times (Note that this means that some races will be 11th March evening in The Americas and some will be 13th March morning in countries east of Europe

Sportman’s Final Race 1: 00:00 Late Models at Lanier 240 laps
Main Final Race 1: 03:00 Late Models at Lanier 240 laps
Sportman’s Final Race 2: 06:00 Trucks at Atlanta 100 laps
Main Final Race 2: 09:00 Trucks at Atlanta 100 laps
Sportman’s Final Race 3: 12:00 B Class at Atlanta 100 laps
Main Final Race 3: 15:00 B Class at Atlanta 100 laps
Sportman’s Final Race 4: 18:00 A Class at Atlanta 110 laps
Main Final Race 4: 21:00 A Class at Atlanta 110 laps

Race Logistics, Rules, Stewarding and Protests

All races will be run as normal iRacing Tournaments so drivers will need to register for a qualifying session at the time specified, then quit the session and wait for a race session to appear.

Qualifying will be 15 minutes, 4 laps, Solo

All races will be run will Full Course Cautions and Lucky Dog on.

No races will have live stewards. Normal World Cup driving standards will be applied and protests can be sent (by Club Captains only) to worldcupprotests@gmail.com. Any results announced will be provisional until the protests have been reviewed and any penalties applied. Protests must be received within 6 hours of the completion of the final race in each round.

Some Contingency Planning

A risk for running this event during week 13 will be if a build or update is being done at the time of the races. If that happens, we’ll continue with the schedule as published where possible but run any races that were impacted exactly 24 hours after they were due. This applies to both the Qualifier and Finals.