The All American World Series.
In this championship we'll be taking 2 of the USA's iconic race car series out from their usual haunts and on a tour of the worlds racetracks. ( Yes other countries do exist )
We will be starting off each evening in the Ford Fusion stock car with a 10 minute qualification period followed by a 20 minute race with a rolling start.
The Ford is quite a heavy beast to throw around racetracks but is actually quite capable and pretty fun when you get to grips with it. I'd suggest using the stable circuit setup, the others can be a bit wayward. Remember to brake early, it's a hefty machine but still very fast.
Following on from the stockcar we'll be moving on to the Dallara IR-12 Indycar. This is a bit different(!) so there'll be another 10 minute qualification session to get used to the change of car followed this time by a longer 30 minute race with a standing start.
You'll find there are 4 versions of the Dallara to pick from. As shown in the above picture, use either of the 2 road course models, not the oval/speedway models. The Chevrolet and Honda versions I find are very similar, try them both and pick your favourite. Either of them has huge amounts of downforce so sticks to the road very well. They also have a KERS boost system. It's a limited one though and doesn't regenerate. You only have 10 goes at it, however each burst does last for a good amount of time. Use it wisely.
All told it should be about 90 minutes in length.
The Stockcar races will be held in fine weather. There might be some cloud cover on occasions but nothing to extreme. A morning setting will be used.
The Indycar races will be set in the afternoon and will be a little different to usual in that I'm going to try the game's random weather feature. It's a 30 min race and the weather speed will be set to x2 so that means there might be a change of weather just towards the end of the race - or there might not be. So there could be rain/snow/thunder/blizzard/etc, or it could also remain fine. Whatever the change is it will only be for a short while and will not come on abruptly. There might be a pitstop required if it begins to get wet. The Indy's tyres do wear down quite quickly anyway.
One other thing that is new... I think I'm going to enable tuning! This is really only because both cars, especially the Dallara, have quite low gearing, they will hit the rev limiter on long straights. The main thing I'd like everyone to adjust is the final drive ratio - it needs dropping one notch. Other things can of course be tweaked when enabled but I'd prefer everyone to refrain from tinkering too much. Make it about the driving not the mechanic-ing.
We'll discuss this during the test meeting.
ABS and TC allowed if needed. (TC useful in the stockcar)
Damage will be Visual only.
Penalties - ON
Track limits - ON (Probably)
Drive Through Penalties - Off
Pit Exit Penalty - On
Tyre wear etc. - ON
Mechanical damage - ON