Daytona International Speedway gets a digital makeover in iRacing update

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The future is looking bright for iRacing. In a surprise announcement at the start of the year, iRacing acquired Monster Games, the former developer of the NASCAR Heat series and Tony Stewart’s Sprint Car Racing. Now, with iRacing 2022 Season 1 underway, the first major update of the year is now live for subscribers of the PC racing simulation.

What's included in the first iRacing update of 2022? Let's find out.

iRacing 2022 Season 1 Patch 1 Patch Notes

The update adds several changes ranging from bug fixes to AI changes and improved engine sounds for the Porsche 919. You can find the full list of changes in the iRacing 2022 Season 1 Patch 1 notes below.  

Daytona International Speedway gets a digital makeover

One of the most significant changes the patch introduces is new Daytona International Speedway laser scans from 2021. The world-famous circuit in Daytona Beach, Florida, has received a digital makeover in iRacing, with upgraded textures making it more life-like than ever.

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Thanks to new laser scans, Daytona International Speedway has never looked more authentic in a racing game

As noted in the patch notes, there are alterations to the Bus Stop sausage curb, turn 5 curbs, and pit road, reflecting recent changes made to the real-life circuit. In addition, the oval starting grid size has increased to 60 and a Short Parade Lap option is available for the oval configuration.

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Thanks to new 3D objects, the track-side fencing also looks more realistic and detailed than before, too.

iRacing's updated Daytona International Speedway arrives ahead of the new 2022 Special Events, starting with the iRacing Daytona 24 on 14-16 January. The famous US racing circuit will also feature in the sixth running of the popular iRacing Daytona 24 taking place 21-23 January.

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2022 Season 1 Patch 1 Release Notes [2022.01.10.03]

iRACING UI

Home Page

  • Fixed an issue where the date display on the Home Page was a temporal anomaly from 2022 Season 4!
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Up Next

  • Fixed an issue where the Up Next page was not updating the list of Sessions over time.

Tracks

  • Fixed an issue where some pit lane speed limits were missing from Knockhill Racing Circuit and Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg - Porsche Experience Center.
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Filters

  • Some additional search filters have been added for the Mercedes-AMG F1 W12 E Performance.
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Retired Content

  • Updated how content which is [Retired] is displayed in the iRacing Interface.
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Documentation

  • A new Paint Policy document was added on 2021/12/15.
  • The Broadcast Policy document was updated on 2021/12/15.

SIMULATION

iRacing Live

  • The iRacing Live companion website is now available!
  • Watch the biggest live broadcast events found across all of iRacing right here.
  • Never miss your favorite content. Browse upcoming broadcasts for all types of racing from our broadcast partners.
  • Search for upcoming or past events or broadcast partners based on keywords.
  • Missed an event or want to re-watch a broadcast? Go back in time up to 6 months and view previous broadcast events.
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Loading

  • Fixed an issue where some sound scripts were hiccupping during track loading, which could cause some significant delays around the 75% loaded mark.

Race Control

  • Race Control has been adjusted to consider crossing any pit lane checkpoints as “pitting” for the purposes of any strict scoring events, such as Qualifying or Time Attack. This prevents users from using any areas of pit lane to illegally shorten their lap times.
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Penalties

  • Fixed a bug that was preventing "clear penalty" events from being saved to the database, for display in the Session Events pop-up on the Members website's Results pages. Please note that penalties were properly being cleared, they were just not being logged to the database for later reference.

AI Racing

  • In preparation for our upcoming events, the AI Drivers have improved their racing skills at Daytona International Speedway.
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Audio

  • The default audio device has been set to XAudio2 (for fresh app.ini files).
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Spotter

  • Fixed an issue where your spotter incorrectly informs you about low fuel.
  • Some improvements have been made to some of the Aussie spotter calls.
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Fuel Data

  • Fuel consumption data for predictions is now discarded for imperfect laps including: black flags, pitting, resets, loss of control, towing, or if the race is over.

Driver Display Name

  • For vehicles that display the driver name anywhere on the vehicle, this value is now directly derived from the values a customer inputs as their First Name and Last Name when signing up for iRacing.
  • If your name is not appearing correctly as an existing member, please contact Customer Service to have it adjusted manually.
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CARS

ARCA Menards Chevrolet Impala

  • Fixed an issue with the hide steering wheel option for this vehicle.

Audi R8 LMS

  • Michelin branded tires are now equipped to this vehicle whenever it is running an IMSA series event.
  • IMSA series badging will now be displayed on this vehicle whenever it is running an IMSA series event.
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Chevrolet Corvette C8.R GTE

  • Fixed an issue where some headlight pieces were missing in the interface model of this vehicle.

Dallara iR-01

  • Fixed an issue where opponent cars could sometimes appear to start the Race using a different tire compound than the one they Qualified with.
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Dallara IR18

  • Fixed an issue where opponent cars could sometimes appear to start the Race using a different tire compound than the one they Qualified with.
  • Fixed an issue where the driver’s hands would shift erratically on the steering wheel for some body types.

Global Mazda MX-5 Cup

  • All in-car vehicle engine audio has been updated.
  • Vehicle audio for tires rolling on asphalt have been improved.
  • Wind audio levels have been rebalanced.
  • Honda Civic Type R
  • Engine cooling has been updated.
  • A new shock package has been added to address issues with bouncing due to large curb strikes.
  • Fixed an issue where all opponent cars had active mirror portals, which was causing a severe hit to FPS.
  • Fixed a display issue with windshield digits.
  • iRacing setups have been updated.
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Hyundai Elantra N TC

  • The IMSA number board and windshield numbers have returned to the default vehicle paint pattern.
  • Windshield digits have been improved and adjusted to prevent them from flickering with the windshield.
  • Fixed an issue where an extra tab was appearing in the garage.
  • Fixed an issue with the hide steering wheel option for this vehicle.
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Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO

  • Fixed an issue where some dashboard knobs would disappear when some black box settings were adjusted.

McLaren MP4-12C GT3

  • Michelin branded tires are now equipped to this vehicle whenever it is running an IMSA series event.
  • IMSA series badging will now be displayed on this vehicle whenever it is running an IMSA series event.
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Mercedes-AMG F1 W12 E Performance

  • Paint pattern 12 has been updated.
  • Fixed an issue where opponent cars could appear to have dirty tyres or could appear to be using a different tire compound than that which they Qualified with, at the start of a Race.
  • Fixed an issue where shift lights were not working when the controls pop-up screens were active.
  • iRacing setups have been updated.
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Mercedes-AMG GT3

  • Michelin branded tires are now equipped to this vehicle whenever it is running an IMSA series event.
  • IMSA series badging will now be displayed on this vehicle whenever it is running an IMSA series event.

Modified - SK

  • (ALL) - The pillar appearance is now editable when a Fixed Setup is in use.
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NASCAR Cup Series Class Cars

  • The speed reduction from draft drag has been increased slightly.

NASCAR Gander Outdoors Class Trucks

  • iRacing setups have been updated.
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NASCAR Next Gen Class Cars

  • Fixed an issue where the rear tire changer could get stuck in a looping animation when he missed a signal from the jack-man.
  • iRacing setups have been updated.

NASCAR Next Gen Ford Mustang

  • Fixed an issue with some visual artifacts appearing in the side windows.
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NASCAR Xfinity Class Cars

  • iRacing setups have been updated.

Porsche 911 R GT3

  • Rev limiter and ignition cut backfire sounds have been improved.
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Porsche 919

  • In-car engine and hybrid sounds have been improved.

Skip Barber Formula 2000

  • Fixed an issue where the driver’s arm could occasionally clip through the tube framing of the vehicle.
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Touring Class Cars

  • Pit stop tire changer timing variance has been reduced.
  • Fixed a pit stop issue where a rear tire could become hidden.

VW Beetle

  • Fixed an issue with the orientation of the roof car number.
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VW Jetta TDI Cup

  • Suspension strength and stiffness has been increased for generally better vehicle damage performance.

[Legacy] Dallara DW12

  • The driver for this vehicle is now utilizing the correct legacy helmet type.
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[Legacy] Indycar Dallara - 2009

  • The driver for this vehicle is now utilizing the correct legacy helmet type.

TRACKS

Chili Bowl

  • Some extra dark flags have been brightened.
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Daytona International Speedway

A variety of track surfaces and features have been updated utilizing our latest 2021 laser scan data, including the following:

  • The Bus Stop curbing has been updated.
  • The Bus Stop gain-time checkpoints have been updated.
  • A white dashed line has been added in the merge area leading onto the oval off of Turn 2.
  • Turn 5 curbs have been updated.
  • Pit road surface has been updated.
  • (Oval) - Starting grid size has been expanded to 60.
  • (Oval) - The Short Parade Lap option is now available for this track config.
  • A large variety of track fencing has been updated to utilize 3D objects.
  • This should improve both photorealism and collision parameters.
  • Some previously missing sections of fencing have been added.
  • A variety of grass textures have been updated.
  • Some environment object properties and track-side decal properties have been updated and fixed.
  • Some rogue floating environmental objects have been grounded.
  • Fixed an issue where crowd members could show through the flag booth caution lights.
  • Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg
  • Several minor track issues have been fixed.
  • Fixed an issue where a rumble strip area was improperly handing out 1X penalties.
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Knockhill Racing Circuit

  • Several floating buildings have been grounded.

Phoenix Raceway

  • Some terrain seams have been patched.
  • Some floating light poles have been grounded.
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Silverstone Circuit

  • (Grand Prix) - The penalty for course cutting the arena has been increased.

Watkins Glen International

  • Fixed an issue where the dynamic track system was not working properly at this track. Normal behaviours for rubber, dust, marbles, debris, and heat have returned.
  • The track surface bump map has been re-generated.
  • Some waves near the curb in the boot section have been smoothed.
  • A variety of environment objects have had their textures updated.
  • The track loading screen has been updated.
  • Fixed an issue with some walls at the Boot.
  • Fixed an issue where some caution lights were not working correctly.
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[Legacy] Pocono Raceway - 2009

  • Several minor track issues have been fixed.