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Check out our very own @vovik05 putting SNAIL in the news!!


Don't miss GTPlanet's feature of our very own @CoachMK21!


Congrats to @Neovre for making his debut at Le Mans
(where he scored an incredible P5 finish!)





Congrats to all the SNAILs who competed in the
2015 GT Academy USA Finals!!


2015 USA Finalists
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Back Row: @LoCoArMeN, @vovik05, @Ryan Lynch, @Ricky Wilson, @TRL_Importlife, @Tyler Utley, @gtr3123
Front Row: @ConnorWolf, @Crystalline_T
Not Shown (qualified for, but unable to attend finals):@GTP_Compton3, @Matt Sierras, @msgt-sd
* - advanced to Silverstone finals!!

And good luck to the SNAILs who are competing in the 2016 GT Academy Mexico Finals!!

2016 Mexico Finalists
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@Enzo_Goiko (second from left), @Ness (second from right), and @pakicote (far right)


Welcome to SNAIL
From our humble beginnings, SNAIL (aka Sunday Night American Interactive League) is now the largest console-based sim racing league in the world. Our mission is to provide our members with clean, intense, and competitive racing - regardless of skill level! We believe that providing full grids of evenly-matched competitions is the most realistic way to race, improve skill, and refine racecraft! Our league night is Sunday at 9:30pm Eastern / 6:30pm Pacific, but we also have a a wide variety of other events held on other nights of the week. If this sounds like something you'd like to be a part of, please keep reading to learn more about us and how to join.

What Makes Us Different
SNAIL is the only sim racing league in the world that's able to combine five key features into one consolidated package. First of all, we provide you with evenly-matched competition to drivers of all skill levels. In fact, the intense level of competition that we produce has established SNAIL as the "go to" place to prepare for GT Academy. And if you want to keep track of your improvement along the way, you'll be glad to know that we keep the most comprehensive race data available on GTPlanet. We also feature an interactive process that allows all of our members to have a say in which cars and tracks we race. And last but not least, we're the only league that awards our members with valuable prizes just for racing with us!

Evenly-Matched Competition
Have you ever watched a professional race where drivers with completely different skill levels were competing on the same track? Of course not! That wouldn't be fun to watch, let alone fun to participate in. Unfortunately, that disparity of pace is something you'll often find in organized online racing. When this happens, you'll be lucky to have just a few drivers that you're truly competitive with. Everyone else will usually either be faster or slower than you. We prevent that from happening in SNAIL by dividing our drivers into separate divisions based on speed and skill. This results in full grids of evenly-matched competition and creates the closest and most intense sim racing experience around!

Prepare for GT Academy
If you'd like to compete in GT Academy, there's no better place than SNAIL to hone your skills to the elite levels necessary to make it to the finals. You need to be the best of the best to make it to Silverstone, and that's exactly what the drivers in our top division are. Half of last year's and half of this year's Silverstone Finalists have raced in SNAIL. And since our race format (which features multiple sprint races) is almost identical to the format used at the GT Academy national finals, they were able to use their SNAIL experience to help them advance to Silverstone. Click here if you want to advice from last year's eventual champion and click here if you want advice from last year's runner-up.

Valuable Prizes
Have you ever wished you could win free stuff just for having fun? If so, then you might want to know that our members win valuable real-world prizes just for racing with us! These prize are based on participation and not on race results. Some examples of prizes our members have won include GranStand sim racing products like this, this and this, ButtKicker products like a Gamer2 and a Wireless ButtKicker Kit. You can also join Team SNAIL and earn even more prizes, such as shirts (e.g. S.N.A.I.L. shirt, F1 shirt, GT Academy shirt), video capture devices (e.g. Hauppauge PVR), sim racing equipment (e.g. Playseat Evolution), and even gift cards (e.g. Amazon and PSN).

Spec Racing
SNAIL has always been a one-make series, but when we decided to prohibit tuning in all of our races, we became the first "spec" racing league on GTPlanet. Spec racing ensures that success is determined primarily by driving skill and not by differences in power, gearing, suspension, weight, or aerodynamics. Because variables in the car are eliminated, spec racing is the truest measure of driver skill! It also produces intense battles for position because all of the cars are equally strong or weak in the same areas of the track. Plus, you'll never spend hours tuning cars or wondering if someone is truly faster than you or if they just have a better tune.

Race Format
Our league night lasts for two hours and is split into three rounds. Each round consists of two races that last 10 to 12 minutes on a predetermined car and track combo. At the beginning of each round, a brief qualifying session determines the order of the starting grid. The first race is set to 'Fastest First' to reward the best qualifiers and the second race is set to 'Reverse Grid' in order to promote on-track action. Points are awarded based on our "perfect" points system. After a round is completed, we move on to the next round and repeat the same process with the next car and track combination. Once all three rounds are complete, we tally up the points and then let our interactive format kick in.

Interactive Participation
Our unique format allows everyone to have a say on which cars and tracks we race. It's also used to strike a balance between familiarity and variety of our car and track combos. In other words, the progression of cars and tracks that we race is slow enough for us to learn them well, but fast enough that they don't get "old". At the end of every league night, everyone votes on which car and track combo they enjoyed the least. The combo that receives the most "elimination votes" is dropped from the next week's lineup entirely. The combo that receives the second most votes is also dropped, but only partially. This is where our prizes come into play:

Prizes
A prize is awarded to the divisions winners with the three highest scores*. The division winner with the highest score gets Prize A. The division winner with the second highest score gets Prize B. The division winner with the third highest score gets Prize C: (NOTE: We now have a new process for breaking ties in the elimination vote)
Prize A: The right to select the new car and track combo to replace the combo that was voted off
Prize B: The right to replace either the car or the track of the combo that received the second most votes
Prize C: The right to "freeze" either the car or the track of the combo that received the second most votes

Promotion and Relegation
Although we split our drivers into separate divisions based on performance and skill level, we realize that our drivers are constantly improving and deserve a chance to climb the ladder of success. That's why we promote and relegate drivers before every season based on the results and data compiled during the previous season. This is also done to ensure that our races are as competitive as possible for all of our league members, top to bottom. Regardless of which division you're in, you will almost always be fighting to gain or defend a position on the track. Simply put, no other Gran Turismo league in the world can offer this much competitive racing to so many different skill levels.

Comprehensive Race Data
It's not always accurate to promote and relegate drivers based on championship points alone. That's why the massive amounts of data we track are invaluable to our league. You'd be hard-pressed to find a sim racing league anywhere in the world that tracks driver data and race results more comprehensively than we do. In fact, our SNAIL Data document contains so much information that we have to archive old data to avoid exceeding the GoogleDoc's maximum capacity! You can use this data to track the points championship for each season and compare yourself to other drivers in categories such as fast laps, total race pace, total points, average points per race, and power rankings.

Rules
We expect all drivers to follow our OLR Rules and pursue good racecraft at all times. If you're not sure what good racecraft is, watch this video. It can be summed up in one simple 'Golden Rule' of motorsports: It is the responsibility of the overtaking driver, meaning the car that is attempting to execute the pass, to make sure that the pass is made cleanly and incident free. If you don't agree with this rule or don't think it applies to you, this is not the league for you. If you ever feel like a driver is not following the rules, please wait until league night is over, then file a Racing Incident Report. Our Stewards will review the incident and issue the appropriate penalties.

Settings
Lobby Settings
Tire Settings:
Based on Dealership PP (not the PP after an oil change)
below 349 PP -> Comfort Mediums
350-399 PP ---> Comfort Softs
400-449 PP ---> Sports Hards
450-499 PP ---> Sports Mediums
500-549 PP ---> Sports Softs
550-599 PP ---> Racing Hards
600 PP & up --> Racing Mediums

How To Join Us
Step 1: Post a reply (by clicking the 'Reply' button at the bottom of this post) stating, "I have read the first post and would like to join," and tell us how you heard about SNAIL. (Do not start a conversation with anyone, just post your request on this thread).
Step 2: Watch the thread for a reply to your post and follow the instructions provided.
Step 3: Purchase the three cars listed in the lineup for our next races.
Step 4: Wait to be assigned to a division and then join that division's lounge on Sunday night.
If you are not sure which division you are assigned to, please check the Offical Driver List

For a list of helpful links and FAQ's, please click here.

I have read the first post and would like to join
 
Super weird, I don’t have this issue ever for online. Guess I’ll enjoy couple beverages tonight lol
Thought we were friends, sent u request not sure if that will work
Accepted FR.
Room still up at goodwood again.

At bathurst now
 
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Last night's races were the first where I didn't have to worry about getting pushed around. As a new sim driver, it's very hard to learn what right looks like when the majority of online races are demolition derbies. I believe the last racing game I played was GT2 on PS2, so having a FFB wheel and pedals seems surreal. I'm retired Army and this has been the greatest outlet for my hyper alertness. Actually comes in very handy. Instead of IEDs, it's cars and corners. Just wanted to say thanks for work yall have put into this league.

PSN-SlimReaper1974
Fanatec GT DD Pro Extreme ( wife bought all this ****)
Fanatec V3 Inverted
Marada Sim Rig
And I've salvaged haptics from an Xrocker chair and installed it on my rig.
PS4 Pro
 
Last night's races were the first where I didn't have to worry about getting pushed around. As a new sim driver, it's very hard to learn what right looks like when the majority of online races are demolition derbies. I believe the last racing game I played was GT2 on PS2, so having a FFB wheel and pedals seems surreal. I'm retired Army and this has been the greatest outlet for my hyper alertness. Actually comes in very handy. Instead of IEDs, it's cars and corners. Just wanted to say thanks for work yall have put into this league.

PSN-SlimReaper1974
Fanatec GT DD Pro Extreme ( wife bought all this ****)
Fanatec V3 Inverted
Marada Sim Rig
And I've salvaged haptics from an Xrocker chair and installed it on my rig.
PS4 Pro
Glad to have you aboard and thank you for your service! Sounds like your wife is a keeper. My only frustration with Sunday night racing is with the mistakes that I make.
 
Glad to have you aboard and thank you for your service! Sounds like your wife is a keeper. My only frustration with Sunday night racing is with the mistakes that I make.

Yes, she definitely is. She saw that I couldn't play games anymore because of my hands. They've seen better days. Ask me before our anniversary what a dream list of gear would be. So I reached for the stars lol. She surprised me with it and I've just been trying to dial it in since. Only had it working properly for about 2 weeks. There's a bit of forced learning/frustration with this hobby.
 
Yes, she definitely is. She saw that I couldn't play games anymore because of my hands. They've seen better days. Ask me before our anniversary what a dream list of gear would be. So I reached for the stars lol. She surprised me with it and I've just been trying to dial it in since. Only had it working properly for about 2 weeks. There's a bit of forced learning/frustration with this hobby.
It was great to have your race in D2 last night. I did turn in on you by accident in one of the first races, I pulled over left off the gas and let you get your position back. Great to have you here and looking to more racing with you . Thank you for the service. It's not my hands that suffer but my left leg/foot and my lower back hence why i race with controller still and haven't made the jump to wheel yet.
 
It was great to have your race in D2 last night. I did turn in on you by accident in one of the first races, I pulled over left off the gas and let you get your position back. Great to have you here and looking to more racing with you . Thank you for the service. It's not my hands that suffer but my left leg/foot and my lower back hence why i race with controller still and haven't made the jump to wheel yet.

I do remember you letting me pass. TYVM my friend. For me, it's not even about winning, it's the way that you cross the finish. Kind of my take on "survive with honor" from the military.
 
It was great to have your race in D2 last night. I did turn in on you by accident in one of the first races, I pulled over left off the gas and let you get your position back. Great to have you here and looking to more racing with you . Thank you for the service. It's not my hands that suffer but my left leg/foot and my lower back hence why i race with controller still and haven't made the jump to wheel yet.
This is what has always made snail great imo. Drivers of every skill level make a mistake that affect fellow racers. This is the only league I've found where the racers have enough respect for each other and the league that they will often self police. This approach and attitude is missing in most (not all) leagues and races.
 
In @Worst_Driver 's absence, I'll post a few pictures from what I saw yesterday. We had a small grid of only 5 drivers last night but I still enjoyed the evening.

I saw @A_Higher_Place crying tears of joy with a big win with his favorite car, the Alpine. He managed to hold off intense pressure from @Nicktune through the last chicane.
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I saw myself come unglued on lap 5 of 7 at Alsace. Through the mistakes of others, I found myself leading the pack with hopes of earning my 2nd ever Snail checkered flag but it wasn't meant to be. @Dragonwhisky waved to me as he went by and took the win for himself.
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Finally, in the last race of the evening, I was running 4th when I found myself driving into the unknown in this cloud of smoke and debris....
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The replays show @Xradkins lost his grip at the same turn I did in the previous race. I somehow managed to come away unscathed but @Dragonwhisky, running 3rd at the time wasn't as lucky.
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That's the evening as I saw it.

@Ray-Ray @Fudman420 , I echo your statements from earlier today. I joined Snail this past January. I don't win and rarely podium, but I'm grateful to have found this group of like minded sim-racers. My only regret is that I didn't join sooner.

Long live the Alpine, see you at the next car show.
 
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It's not my hands that suffer but my left leg/foot and my lower back hence why i race with controller still and haven't made the jump to wheel yet.
That's why you were weaving back and forth on Mount Panorama like a drunk trying to make his way home from the pub! :cheers:
You and I had a decent time going back and forth, and I saw you weaving after you got a head of me a ways. I was thinking, "what the hell is wrong with TT? He's all over the place." :lol:
 
Last night's races were the first where I didn't have to worry about getting pushed around. As a new sim driver, it's very hard to learn what right looks like when the majority of online races are demolition derbies. I believe the last racing game I played was GT2 on PS2, so having a FFB wheel and pedals seems surreal. I'm retired Army and this has been the greatest outlet for my hyper alertness. Actually comes in very handy. Instead of IEDs, it's cars and corners. Just wanted to say thanks for work yall have put into this league.

PSN-SlimReaper1974
Fanatec GT DD Pro Extreme ( wife bought all this ****)
Fanatec V3 Inverted
Marada Sim Rig
And I've salvaged haptics from an Xrocker chair and installed it on my rig.
PS4 Pro
Enjoyed racing against you clean racing. Welcome to Snail. I been in Snail for over ten years and every race night is enjoyable knowing we are competitive and clean racers.
 
Data for D1 completed.

That's quite the battle for the May season over there in D2.

PSA - No official racing on the 26th of May this year.
 

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