iRacing Downshift

iRacing Downshift

iRacing Downshift is where real racing and simracing collide! Hosted by Greg West, Kevin Bobbitt, and Chris Leone, the official podcast of iRacing includes World Championship eSport updates, a lively discussion of the biggest stories in the world of racing, and much more.

Episodes

April 26, 2024 50 mins
If you follow any of our social media channels (and why wouldn't you?), you're familiar with the voice Doug Hunt has built around the iRacing brand. The guys sit down with him to talk about how he created the personality you know and love, how much time he's spent in the Magic Kingdom, and what happened to the company rental car the last time he joined Greg and Kevin at the Nurburgring. We've also got details on our latest special ...
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We’re not sure what’s bigger: iRacing’s 2024 Season 2 build, or the latest iRacing Downshift! We cover all the new content, from making it rain to our new cars and tracks, before catching up with iRacing president and CFO Tony Gardner to talk about our growing membership, how the company has expanded over the past few years, and other games under the iRacing umbrella.
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February 1, 2024 38 mins
The boys are back for their first show of 2024! It's been a busy January with the biggest iRacing Daytona 24 ever, the return of INDYCAR, tons of esports updates, and much more. Plus, the boys recap their holidays and talk about their iRacing-related new year's resolutions.

Read the interview with Glenn McGee: Part 1 | Part 2
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It's Holiday time, and the Downshift is back with the release of 2024 Season 1! A new car along with 3 new and updated tracks lead our conversation, as well as plenty of updates behind the scenes and under the hood for iRacing. We'll also catch you up on the esports news from the wintertime, as well as some of our favorite moments from 2023!

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For the latest iRacing Downshift, we bring in our new Marketing and Communications Specialist, Justin Melillo, to talk about his background in the sim racing space and coverage of our top esports events. We’ve got plenty of updates on our most recent Special Events, a look at all of our pro series going down, and Chris continues pursuing his vendetta against those who can’t keep the racing to the racetrack.
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September 21, 2023 47 mins
Downshift is back and we've got tons to talk about with the release of 2023 Season 4! With five new cars and three new tracks, plus some epic new series and feature improvements, we've got a lot to catch you up on. We've also got updates on all of iRacing's top esports series, including setting the stage for the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series season finale from the NASCAR Hall of Fame later this month.
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World of Outlaws: Dirt Racing has an all-new update for the 2023 season, and we've got Matt Lewis on from Monster Games to talk about it! We've also got some news on our 15th Anniversary celebration and all the latest eSports updates.
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It's an interview so timely that we skipped the other half of the show! eRacr's Parker Kligerman and Landon Cassill drop in to talk about this Wednesday's third running of the Firecracker 400, what it's like to put on one of the biggest independent sim races on iRacing, and how their real-world racing experiences have shaped it. Tune in July 26 at 8PM ET on http://twitch.tv/eracr_gg to watch the action!
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It’s true—we’ve made 50 of these! But even more importantly, iRacing is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, so executive vice president Steve Myers returns to Downshift to reflect on the long, strange trip it’s been. We’ve also got the latest on 2023 Season 3, including new cars, new tracks, and the dirt refresh that has changed the game in sprint car, late model, and even off-road truck racing!

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We're getting ready for 2023 Season 3 on a new iRacing Downshift! We've got some teasers on new content and series, including the all-new Ring Meister concept (stay tuned for more info on that) and continued updates on our console games and esports. This month's guest, David Tucker, is one of our most active company voices in the iRacing forums—and as someone who touches so much on iRacing, one of your most asked-for guests in the ...
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It’s a busy month in the world of iRacing, from enjoying the 2023 Season 2 content that dropped last month to announcements around our console games, World of Outlaws: Dirt Racing and ExoCross. This month’s interview panel features QA testers Mike Hinkle and Kevin Zhu, associate producer Kevin Iannarelli, and some guy you might have heard of named Tyler Hudson talking about their day jobs, real-world racing experiences, and how the...
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The iRacing Downshift makes its triumphant return after a month off with a look at 2023 Season 2, the three—excuse us, four—new cars and one new track that have joined the service, and a look at our world of esports and special events. Plus, racing legend Tony Kanaan joins the show to talk about his embrace of sim racing, becoming a team owner in both eNASCAR and the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup, and his unlikely journey from...
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We hit the ground running in the first iRacing Downshift of the new year as we look ahead to a full calendar of Special Events and series for 2023. This month's guests are our AI team of Nigel Pattinson, Alex Saunders, and Brent Foster, who talk about what sets iRacing AI apart, what to look out for in the future, and the very unique career that Brent left behind before joining us.
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It's the last iRacing Downshift of the year, and we've got plenty to talk about! We go through all the exciting developments in the 2023 Season 1 build and our active esports series, and Cisco Scaramuzza from our in-house broadcast team joins to talk about his role and share some favorite behind-the-scenes stories. Plus, Greg and Kevin resolve their pie debate from the last episode.
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For those of you who come to iRacing Downshift for iRacing news: we've got Nim Cross and Tyler Hudson on to talk about stewarding, some exciting updates about our latest road racing content releases and updates, and of course, details on how you can save big on both new accounts and renewals for iRacing's Black Friday sale. For those of you who come for everything else: Greg, Kevin, and Chris attempt to distinguish pie from quiche.
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It's a busy time here at iRacing, highlighted by the release of our first-ever console title, World of Outlaws: Dirt Racing! John Schneider from Monster Games joins the show to talk about his career, how iRacing's acquisition of Monster contributed to the new title, and much more. We've also got multiple Special Events like our inaugural SCCA Runoffs and Crandon Pro 4 World Championship coming up—and we'll explain the Super Session...
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September 8, 2022 62 mins
We promised you we were back for real, and we meant it! iRacing Downshift returns with a look at all the fun new content and features in 2022 Season 4, before our executive vice president Steve Myers drops in to talk everything from the acquisitions of Monster Games and Orontes Games to working with executive producer Greg Hill in the Papyrus days.

To read the full release notes for iRacing 2022 Season 4, click here: https://forums....
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August 10, 2022 53 mins
The iRacing Downshift is BACK! The boys talk about what they've been up to on our extended break, but today's show is all about iRacing Senior VP and Executive Producer Greg Hill. This is the show to listen to if you want to learn about everything from track development in the virtual world to how rain is coming along... as well as some recent road racing updates. Plus, learn about how Greg worked his way up the ladder from a colle...
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On the latest iRacing Downshift, Greg and Kevin welcome Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team Motorsport Strategy Director James Vowles to discuss bringing the Mercedes-AMG F1 W12 E Performance to iRacing, how the team and iRacing have worked together to develop both the car and the sim itself, and the special format to the Tuesday night league he runs. We’ve also got a look at the rest of our exciting new content for 2022 Season 1, includ...
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The iRacing World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car World Championship is just days away, and we've got a new Downshift to preview the action with three-time defending champion Alex Bergeron and WoO Public Relations Manager Nick Graziano! Plus, find out more about our Black Friday deals, our Winter Derby, and much more.
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