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Thu May 05, 2016 2:27 pm by AAR GTDon

Welcome back racers!

It may interest you to know that recently we were part of a select group to do a survey on Forza.† From what we gather not very many people received the invitation.† And due to legal concerns although we can not divulge the specific questions asked, I can say that Microsoft/T10 were very interested in the type of activity we were engaged in and why.† Needless to say most of our answers fell on the side of organized racing and greater control over lobbies.

Itís hard to say how much influence our participation will have on FM7, but they do seem to be searching for new approaches in areas they donít have any data on.† T10 has taken many ideas from the IFCA in the past and put to good effect. This bodes well for the future of the franchise I believe.† Their biggest problem is fixing things that arenít broke, or abandoning things that work really well.

In more local news as many of you may have read, the IFCA is also re-directing its steps to accommodate the recent trends within the organized racing community.† Namely, easier access racing.† Drivers appear to be less interested in traditional series racing, and are leaning toward one-off events rather than lengthy series.

Our own surveys have shown drivers dis-liking many of the mandatory rules and regulations associated with traditional series racing.† In fact, we have discovered a large group of new drivers who feel they canít easily get involved because the rules and regulations are too daunting for their level of interest.† They want to race clean, and are sick of the crash and bash public lobbies, but they tend to get lost in all the website navigation, build requirements, livery rules, and format rules.

One of the biggest issues we have seen is the perception that the cars being offered are seldom equal in performance due to not knowing the optimum build or best tune for a given track.† Add to this the perception that the fastest drivers always seem to be in the fastest cars, and there is a sense of insurmountable unfairness.† This perceived unfairness does not promote greater participation among new drivers especially.

In response, the IFCA is going to continue to offer more spec-based single race events with very few regulations aside from driving clean.† Our first such weekly event is our Super Stock Invitational on late Monday nights.† This will be a very open event that you can race with our regulars or, conduct your own race at your own time, and post your results to be computer rated and added to the IFCA World Rankings list.

There are just 3 stock based cars currently offered, but we will change the class of cars from time to time.† Typically after 1 driver has managed to win with all 3 cars at 3 different tracks.† Currently we are using the often ignore E-Class.† The car requirement is that they must maintain their stock P.I. to be legal.

1.1984 VW Rabbit GTi E239
2.1981 Ford Fiesta XR2 E245
3.1986 Honda Civic Si E235

no sign-up required
no livery required
no # plate required
no build required
cars must be at the stock P.I. listed
any assists are allowed
3lap qualy prior to race
standing starts
no restarts
1 mandatory pit
IFCA Rules of the Road apply

We will be at Sebring Short for the first race on Monday May 16th 9:00pm CST.† There is no minimum grid number for the race to be rated.† All races will be rated.

Whatís great about this form of spec-racing is that the cars are inherently equal.† They are very slow with top speeds just under 100mph.† What this does unlike the faster cars is keep everyone fairly close on the track.† You also donít have to stay in the same car, and any tuning you can do is very minimal.†

Because the cars must remain at a stock P.I., there are just a few ways you can add some parts, but doing so isnít going to make your car head and shoulders better than the next.† It really only customizes the car more to your driving style.

For example if a really fast driver drives a bone stock Rabbit, an average driver with some parts on his Rabbit is not going to beat the faster driver still.† This is not to say that whatever few parts you can add arenít helping, just that it wonít be enough to overcome the difference in driver skill.† This is because with identical P.I. numbers the cars are going to be very equal.

What we think this will encourage is the ability to include anyone at any time who wants to race close clean races without a big commitment.† It happens all the time when a driver pops into the lobby looking to race and finds out that everyone there is league racing.† He usually backs out and isnít able to participate.† With this new direction, anyone showing up can easily join the event quickly.† He doesnít have to waste time figuring out the build or paint, or worry heís going to be a spoiler in a series he isnít going to race.† He can just come in, grab the right car, and race.† Results will be recorded and he will …

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The big issue of the day
Wed Mar 23, 2016 5:09 pm by AAR GTDon

Welcome back IFCA members and supporters!

This is the latest news and information impacting the IFCA.

Trans Am qualifying is open and you will essentially have 4 chances to make your best run before Monday April 4th.† The first race is at Catalunya National.††

Some changes for Season †4 are† a bonus point just for pre-qualifying, 3 pit stops, 26laps, and no P.I. reduction for repeat winners.† Things remaining, double points for the last race, and Ace in the Hole bonus point.

GT Sports Car Cup testing is going well and nearly complete. We will be announcing the new A-Class car list very soon.

The big issue of the day in the community of console simulation racing is a decline in participation and smaller grids, and what the IFCA plans on doing about it.††

As most of you know, the IFCA was one of the first if not THE first organized Forza league to exist.† Weíve seen the highs and the current lows over the last 10 years, and have come to the conclusion that a new approach is necessary to change with the times and move forward.

Itís difficult to say with certainty exactly what the reasons are for declining participation, usually itís a combination of things.† Some say itís FM6, and that it just doesnít deliver as a simulation racer, still lacking many of the basic elements of racing as well as the special needs for simulation racing like a flag system, tuning in lobbies, clean racing enforcement, pace car, driver swaps, sanctioned in-game league racing, club support etc.† Others blame the competition dragging people away like T10 itself with its unregulated public leagues, iRacing, GT6, PCARS, and others.† Some suggest that the community is too fragmented with too many little leagues and races to pick from and no standardization or unification.

Our belief is that all of these things together conspire to thin out the grids at a time when the largest grids (24) are available. It is an unfortunate irony. †

We believe that there is a glut of races offered by too many small leagues or clubs.† So rather than continue to offer a wide variety of different formats of racing, the IFCA is going to draw down some and limit what it offers going into the future.

Too much time and effort goes into series organizing for so few people to show up in the end.† In the future, we will switch to a more participation-based format as to whether or not a series opens for business.† This means that any future event or series will have pre-qualified based minimums.† For a series to be Official we will require 13 qualifiers before opening race day.† The assumption is that if you take the time and effort to qualify you will probably race the event too.† In this way we can in a sense vote with our qualifying.† Not enough qualifiers, then the event is cancelled before it starts.† So if you really want to race a certain series, better help recruit some friends to qualify.† The only way we can pump up the grids is if everyone becomes a promoter and not just the Race Directors.

As a result of this new direction IFCA Spec racing on Sundays will be retired after this season.† GT Sports Cars† and Trans Am will need to get †13 pre-qualifiers each for the green flag to drop.††† IFCA IROC will continue on an infrequent basis as it is not a series and will not have a minimum pre-qualifying requirement.† IFCA Endurance will need at least 12 pre-qualifiers because it is a team event.

We hope that by becoming more stringent and more exclusive we will have larger grids and better racing for everyone.† We wonít have as many series or events in the future, but hopefully we will have much fuller grids in the end.

Thank you for your continued support over the years, we really appreciate it.† Hopefully we can now change with the times, and begin to get serious about our series.

Thank you,

IFCA Staff

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Greetings IFCA Members and Supporters!
Thu Mar 10, 2016 12:15 pm by AAR GTDon

Greetings IFCA Members and Supporters!

Time for a little IFCA Newsletter update on the comings and goings of the league this week, and in the weeks to come.

First up is IROC 7 which happens this Sunday at 3:00pm CST. The multi-time Champion AAR GTDon will be there to try to collect yet another title, along with all the usual fast guys.† Itís the 1973 Pontiac Trans Am this time around.† Go here for build details.

Of major importance is the preparation for our special event, the return of †IFCA Endurance racing.† This is a onetime event taking place in late April.† The car, track, and class is being left up to the Members via voting.† Please let us know your preferences by voting here for track, here for car, and here for class.

On March 19th 6:00pm CST we will be conducting a practice race to get everyone reacquainted with the unique relay format of IFCA Endurance racing.† Go here for those details.

Speaking of voting here are two other points of interest we need your feedback on.†† A change in rules regarding pit stops here.† And the next car selection for IFCA Spec here.

We are wrapping up Trans Am Season 3 and heading into the final round at Road America East.† There is a points lead tie between former Champion ROSCOEpCOTRAIN and Hiredgun308, both with 48 points each.† As club teammates this is going to get tough.† Though a distant 3rd Jack Coffey is poised to be a factor and spoiler to one of the points leaders.

Future plans for season 4 is to return to multiclass racing by adding P1/2 cars to TA2, and adjusting TA2 for greater equality.

Over in GT Sports Car Cup season 2 the last race is upon them at Daytona 24. IFCA Hall of Famer †SP33D RAC3R 28x came out of semi-retirement and has dominated every race he has entered securing a substantial lead in his Shelby Cobra even though he missed the COTA round! †Only echovelocity has a slim chance to catch him in his Lamborghini Miura.

Future plans for GT Sports Car Cup is to go with a single model per make, and lower the P.I. for all the cars for greater drivability.

And finally, if PCARS is your cup, check out the series headed up by Race Director Manuel CR here.
Thank you for your participation and support, AND VOTE!

IFCA Staff

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