By Dewey Kang, Metropolitan New York Region PCA
Series 1 marked the beginning of the inaugural season of the PCA Sim Racing Series. It featured the iRacing Porsche 911 (991.2) GT3 Cup cars – the original intent of the series was to emulate the PCA Club Racing format on a simulator platform, racing at venues that are used for the official PCA Club Racing Series. As expected, most of our PCA members were proficient in driving high-performance cars but were faced with the challenges of wheel-to-wheel racing.
The eight-race championship took place on renown North American tracks: Sebring (Sebring, Florida), Circuit of the Americas (Austin, Texas), Lime Rock Park (Lakeville, Connecticut), Watkins Glen (Watkins Glen, New York), Laguna Seca (Salinas, California), Road America (Plymouth, Wisconsin), Summit Point (Summit Point, West Virginia), and Daytona (Daytona Beach, Florida). Races were 60-minutes in length.
Each event ran two splits – top 30 qualifiers, which was broadcast live with professional commentary by Podium eSports, and the rest of the field which was not broadcast. Post-series survey suggested that our Racers greatly favored screen time on live-TV, so the PCA Sim Racing Steering Committee decided to ensure broadcast coverage for the entire field in future Series.
Billy Smith II (P1, Maverick Region PCA) claimed the championship trophy for Series 1, followed by James Huth (P2, Hudson Champlain Region PCA) and Michael Polasek (P3, Northern New Jersey Region PCA).
Event 1 – Sebring International
Event 2 – Circuit of the Americas
Event 3 – Lime Rock Park
Event 4 – Watkins Glen
Event 5 – WeatherTech Raceway (Laguna Seca)
Event 6 – Road America
Event 7 – Summit Point
Event 8 – Daytona Road Course