iRacing has been working on the Long Beach street circuit Tech Track which was a perfectly driveable version of the track but wasn’t complete in terms of artwork. A while ago, Senior VP of Product Development at iRacing Greg Hill confirmed that a completed version of the track would become available in iRacing.
That time has now come. Via a new preview video, iRacing announced that they have completed the Long Beach Street Circuit. The track is now ready for release and will become available with the 2021 Season 1 build. It took iRacing a long time to finish the track, for a number of reasons, but looking at the footage, it is clear that it was worth the wait. Even better so, the track will now be valid to be used in the official iRacing series.
Long Beach Street Circuit
Born against long odds in 1976, the Long Beach Grand Prix is North America’s premier street race. The debut event featured Formula 5000 cars in a race won by Brian Redman. The following year, Clay Regazzoni captured the inaugural U.S. Grand Prix (West) and in 1977 Mario Andretti passed Jody Scheckter in the closing laps to become the first American to win an F1 race on home ground.
Andretti’s popular victory put the race on firm financial footing and set in motion the rebirth of Long Beach, which morphed from a down-on-its heels port city to a thriving modern city/tourist destination. The resulting building boom necessitated ongoing changes to the track layout, finally settling on the current 1.968 mile, 11 turn circuit encircling the Long Beach Convention Center and the Long Beach Aquarium.
Nor were the changes limited to the track and its environs. The Long Beach GP changed gears in 1984, bringing the home-grown Indy cars to town as the featured attraction. The event hardly missed a beat, as the names of Unser, Zanardi, Montoya, Franchitti, Power, Conway, and Dixon joined the likes of Regazzoni, Andretti, Villeneuve, Piquet, and Lauda on the illustrious list of Long Beach winners. What’s more, the event grew to include IMSA and SCCA pro sports car racing series, along with the popular Toyota Celebrity race in which Hollywood’s famous (and near famous) exchange Armani and Gucci for Simpson and Bell. (source: iRacing.com)
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