iRacing delta challenge #20/20: Daytona Short Rally

There are a bunch of free tracks I’ve never driven in iRacing. Every few days I’m going to drive one with zero preparation and then post the fastest lap time here. That’s the delta time. Your mission, should you accept it, is to beat it (and then call me names in the comment section).

Here are the rules.

  1. Global Mazda MX-5 Cup, baseline setup
  2. Default Weather (78F, 2 MPH N, 55%, afternoon)
  3. 30 minutes or 20 laps, whichever comes first

[Legacy] Daytona International Speedway – 2008 Rallycross Short

I drove this for just a few laps when I first re-subscribed to iRacing, just to see what the dirt model was like. I knew it would be lots of fun, so I saved it for last.

Delta = 40.825

The mixture of dirt and asphalt is so much fun to drive. The Phoenix layout is just a little better. I would drive this all day and never set a tire on the big oval. The variation in lap to lap is mostly the dirt section. Driving with low grip takes more discipline because it’s easy to mess up your line with too much of one pedal or the other. You have to be really precise with your inputs.

Track Rank

In this section I’m ranking the tracks in the order of my preference. I tend to like technical tracks with some elevation, short straights, and corners that are blind, off camber, decreasing radius, and connected.

Rank Track Delta Lap
1 Summit Jefferson 0:55.980 10
2 Summit Jefferson Reverse 0:56.191 20
3 Phoenix 2008 Rally 0:49.593 25
4 Daytona 2008 Rallycross Short 0:40.825 19
5 Charlotte Roval 1:35.627 14
6 Pocono 2009 East 1:12.321 12
7 Charlotte Legends RC Medium 1:10.825 20
8 TMS 2009 Combined 0:40.538 9
9 Charlotte 2008 Infield 0:47.637 20
10 Tsukuba 2000 Short 0:49.761 19
11 Daytona 2008 Short 0:46.709 14
12 TMS 2009 Short B 0:27.062 18
13 Silverstone 2008 Southern 1:21.643 15
14 Phoenix 2008 Road 1:09.739 17
15 Tsukuba 1000 Full Reverse 0:40.878 17
16 Pocono 2009 South 0:50.291 14
17 Tsukuba 1000 Chicane 0:42.149 15
18 TMS 2009 Short A 0:24.995 8
19 Silverstone 2008 National 1:08.867 7
20 Pocono 2009 North 0:59.714 20

The End

So that concludes the iRacing delta challenges. I could have done a few more, but I think 20 is plenty. It’s no surprise that Summit Point Jefferson would be my favorite track. I could have predicted that from the outset given an aerial photo. It’s also not surprised that the rally tracks would be ranked high. I mean, DiRT Rally is one of my all time favorite games. What did surprise me is how much I like short oval infields. That makes me think I might love autocross if it was lapped rather than point-to-point.

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