RPW Column By: STEPHEN DURHAM / RPW – DERRY, NH – If you ever wanted the chance to get behind the wheel of a virtual big block or 358 modified, now is your chance! The ground pounders are set to be released next month on iRacing, the leader in sim racing.
Current modified drivers are ecstatic to see the big blocks and 358’s get some national attention on such a big platform for sim racing.
“I think it’s bringing a whole new level of brand awareness of the northeast dirt modifieds and can help grow the excitement for this type of racing throughout the country” 2020 Lebanon Valley 358 Champion Brett Haas explains.
“I’m just hoping someone would give me a rig so I can drive one of them ground pounders! This is very exciting in the middle of the offseason for our DIRTcar gals and guys” Super DIRTcar Series Director Dean Reynolds says.
“I honestly believe they are awesome and they will put up some great racing. The fine tuning will be tough, but no matter what, racing will be insane,” iRacing dirt racing hot shoe Alex Bergeron explains.
“I’ve been on iRacing since 2008 and sim racing even longer, and been hoping to see a near identical version of the northeast modified properly in a sim, and the that time is so close now. It only helps show the upward trend of the northeast dirt modifieds have had in recent years,” weekly modified driver Bobby Hackel explains.
“Modified racing is one of the most competitive forms of racing. I love it and I have a passion for it, everyone else is about to find out soon why it is such a thrill to drive them” big block modified regular Max McLaughlin says.
iRacing first began in 2008 and has significantly grown over the last decade, first introducing dirt racing in the fall of 2017 with late models, sprint cars, and the UMP modified. Since then, iRacers from the dirt world has pestered on forums and social media posts for the northeast modifieds to hit the track in the sim world, and it’s finally happening.
The big block and 358 modifieds will be released in the new build with iRacing that will come out in the second week of December.
For more information on iRacing and the technology needed to get started, anyone can visit iRacing.com and view the specifications for computer information to properly run the sim.