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Cheapskate's guide for noobies
The cheapskate's guide to free racing in 2015 S2

Version 1.001 - 2015-03-20@1420

Free cars: MX-5, Solstice, Legends, SRF, Street Stock, Caddy.
Free tracks: Charlotte, Laguna Seca, Lanier, Lime Rock Park, Okayama, Oxford Plains, South Boston, Summit Point, Thompson, USA

Free/discounted credits
- one can get $5 anniversary credit for a year's continuous membership.
- Complete 8 out of 12 weeks in a C or D series and get $4 credit at the end of the season [offer 1]
- Complete 8 out of 12 weeks in an A or B series and get $7 credit at the end of the season [offer 2]
- Combine offers 1 and 2 above to a maximum of $10 per season, 4 seasons = $40 per year.
- Twice (or so) a year iRacing offers $100 of credit for $75*
- Twice (or so) a year iRacing offers $25 of credit for $20*
- Twice a year iRacing offers a year's membership for $49**
- Buying cars/tracks in packs of 3 or 6 will get you discounts.
- Recruiting a friend to iRacing gives you $10 iRacing credits.

Note! You can:
*Use these credits
**To renew your subscription even cheaper so think ahead.

Attention! $ is not real world money, but acts like it when you buy content or subscription the next time.

More about discounts:

- Bulk Purchase Discount: Purchase any three to five pieces of content (cars/tracks) at once and receive 10% off the total.
- Bulk Purchase Discount: Purchase any six or more pieces of content (cars/tracks) at once and receive 20% off the total.
- Loyalty Discount: Purchase/License any 40 pieces of paid content (cars or tracks) and receive a 25% discount from that point forward on future content purchases. In other words, once you own any 40 pieces of paid content, every content purchase after that is automatically discounted by 25%.
- Loyalty Discount: Purchase all content or all remaining content and receive 30% off the total. Affectionately known as the 100% club by our members.

All discounts are automatically calculated at checkout.

Contests run every season. You can win (someone always does) free gear just by using a certain logo on your car.
At the moment of writing this (check the post date) simply run the DIYSim logo (found in the Paintshop sponsor dropdown menu) in primary position in at least 10 official races during Season 2 (March 17 – June 8 2015) You’ll be automatically entered to win a SimCraft / Tilton PRO Sim Racing Floor mounted Pedal set.
These SimCraft / Tilton PRO Sim Racing Pedals – Floor mounted / 3 pedal have a retail value of $1,250.

Only Rookie and D licence series listed here.

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Advanced Legends Cup (D license and above as at Rookie 3.0 you get a D)
Car - FREE
All Tracks - FREE
Driving standards - MUCH better than rookie Street Stocks
Notes: Runs at Lime Rock in week 8 if you want some road action, otherwise it's all oval.

Street Stock Rookie - Fixed (Rookie license)
Car - FREE
All Tracks - FREE
Driving standards - Get the hell out of there ASAP.

Late Model
Cars - Not free. Single series. Open sets.
Free weeks
- Week 2 - Lanier
- Week 4 - South Boston
- Week 8 - Thompson
- Week 11 - USA
Driving standards - pretty decent in my limited experience. Lots of fun.

National series - fixed sets, D license
Car - not free
Free Weeks
- Week 7 - USA
- Week 8 - Thompson
- Week 12 - Charlotte Oval
Driving standards - not driven enough to comment

SK Modified Series - open sets, D license
Car - not free but comes with the tour modified
Free Weeks
- Week 1 - USA
- Week 2 - South Boston
- Week 3 - Lanier
- Week 5 - Thompson
- Week 8 - Oxford
Driving standards - small community keeps it clean


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Production Car Challenge (D license and above as at Rookie 3.0 you get a D)
Cars - BOTH FREE
All Tracks - FREE
Driving standards - MUCH better than rookie MX5
Notes: Avoid the weeks it runs at Summit on either of the Jefferson layouts.

Mazda Cup (Rookie license)
Car - FREE
All Tracks - FREE
Driving standards - Good if you're in a higher split, around 1350 SOF it's guys who joined yesterday, below 1000 and you're into the fiery depths of hell.

Blancplain Sprint/Endurance Series (D for endurance, B for sprint)
Cars - Some deals got the ford GT3 free, otherwise not. Ford GT3 will get you these series + World Sportscar Championship, while the RUF will get you the same plus the RUF Cup.
Free Weeks
- Week 12 - Free Track (Laguna Seca)
Driving Standards - Sprint can be a mixed bag, lots of very aggressive driving, a popular series with all that implies.

Global Challenge - D class
Cars - The Caddy is free, the Kia is not.
Free weeks
- Week 1 - Okayama Full
- Week 3 - Lime Rock Full
- Week 5 - Summit Point Full
- Week 7 - Laguna Seca Full
Driving standards - 90s BTCC.
Notes: Multiclass, not many Kias so it'll get lonely if you buy that.

Grand Touring Cup - D class
Cars - The Solstice is free, the others are not and they don't run in other series.
Free weeks
- Weeek 2 - Okayama Full
- Week 11 - Laguna Seca Full
Driving standards - not driven enough to comment
Notes: Multi-class.

Spec Racer Ford - D license
Car - FREE
Free Weeks
- Week 1 - Okayama Full
- Week 4 - Summit Point Full
- Week 8 - Charlotte Roval
- Week 12 - Laguna Seca Full
Driving standards - clean.
Notes: They have a track rotation policy to save you money - see http://members.iracing.com/jforum/posts/list/3288130.page

Skip Barber - Open set but sets don't influence speed, D license
Car - Not free
Free Weeks
- Week 2 - Lime Rock Park
- Week 10 Laguna Seca
Driving Standards - Generally pretty good.
Notes: They have a track rotation policy to save you money - see http://members.iracing.com/jforum/posts/list/3218272.page
Last edited by jesse.jones1102; Mar 26, 2015 @ 1:05am
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Wiggin ✿ Mar 22, 2015 @ 3:40pm 
I just want to say "Thank You". This is fantastic information. This should really be stickied somewhere or at least available on iRacing. I was looking for something like this before I possibly drop more money so again thank you very much for this information. It allows decisions to be made based on what you want to drive and knowing what weeks have free tracks is extremely helpful. This is just information that should be readily available for both new and experienced racers.
Last edited by Wiggin ✿; Mar 22, 2015 @ 3:42pm
jesse.jones1102 Mar 23, 2015 @ 1:40am 
The full guide with all licence classes can be found at iRacing general / off topic forum. Do not thank me too much, since I didn't do it. If you are a member, thank the guy who wrote it. I just copy-pasted it here. Even the Staff thanks the original writer for it.
This is just one way to show how superbly awesome iRacing community is. It's second to none.
I thought this would be good to put here so new racers with not much content yet can take most advantage of the sim, and those who are not yet members can see that all this fuss about iRacing being insanely expensive is not true. You can make it expensive if you want, but I don't recommend it.

You can find the full guide here.
http://members.iracing.com/jforum/posts/list/3305348.page#8825128
Wiggin ✿ Mar 23, 2015 @ 10:56am 
I will thank you because you posted it somewhere it could be more easily found. The post is not stickied and posted in offtopic. This info should suplied by the devs and the fact this isn't offically done by the devs is a bit off putting seeing as the only way to find it is to be subscribed and that involves a money investment already. Without this info you have to guess and throw money at the screen. It would not be hard for the UI to inform you when looking at a schedule if you already own a track.
Drovek Mar 23, 2015 @ 11:20am 
Also of note right now:

"Purchase $20 of iRacing credits and get $25 total credits and/or purchase $75 of iRacing credits and get $100 total credits. *Offer valid through March 31, 2015. Member may use each promo code only once. "
D3matt Mar 23, 2015 @ 8:27pm 
Originally posted by Wiggin ✿:
I will thank you because you posted it somewhere it could be more easily found. The post is not stickied and posted in offtopic. This info should suplied by the devs and the fact this isn't offically done by the devs is a bit off putting seeing as the only way to find it is to be subscribed and that involves a money investment already. Without this info you have to guess and throw money at the screen. It would not be hard for the UI to inform you when looking at a schedule if you already own a track.
It does, if you look in the series page. Expand a series and it'll tell you if you own the track.

As for the devs telling you in advance all the secrets to playing cheap, why would they do that? Have you ever seen a developer or a store that tells you all the secrets to paying less? I don't think it's unreasonable at all to be expected to do your own Google search.
jesse.jones1102 Mar 24, 2015 @ 12:08am 
A thing to note if you study that information. If you drive 2 series at a time (pretty much the max amount if you want to be competitive), you get $40 annual participation credit bonus. Add $5 for annual subscription bonus and take advantage of the $49 for-a-year discount price, and you end up paying $4 for your yearly subscription.
Who said iRacing is expensive?
8vvduecevv8 Mar 24, 2015 @ 12:40am 
Originally posted by jesse.jones1102:
A thing to note if you study that information. If you drive 2 series at a time (pretty much the max amount if you want to be competitive), you get $40 annual participation credit bonus. Add $5 for annual subscription bonus and take advantage of the $49 for-a-year discount price, and you end up paying $4 for your yearly subscription.
Who said iRacing is expensive?

Agreed. I find iRacing insanely cheap after a couple of years.

So much so that I now put give money to charities through the various leagues I run these days.

jesse.jones1102 Mar 24, 2015 @ 12:43am 
Originally posted by Wiggin ✿:
I will thank you because you posted it somewhere it could be more easily found. The post is not stickied and posted in offtopic. This info should suplied by the devs and the fact this isn't offically done by the devs is a bit off putting seeing as the only way to find it is to be subscribed and that involves a money investment already. Without this info you have to guess and throw money at the screen. It would not be hard for the UI to inform you when looking at a schedule if you already own a track.

Actually devs don't usually need to post pretty much anything. Somebody does that for them at the moment they bump into that information. People are so eager to share all the useful information in iRacing.
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