Derek Speare Designs to offer prizes for inaugural Open-Wheels 500 Mile Race

Derek Speare Designs to offer prizes for inaugural Open-Wheels 500 Mile Race

Open-Wheels Staff
August 5, 2019 | 10:00 AM

The staff at Open-Wheels is proud to announce a new partner for this November’s 500 Mile Race. Derek Speare Designs will join the appreciated group of inaugural sponsors ahead of the fall event, providing three top-of-the-line button boxes as prizes for the race.

“To add a respected individual of the sim racing community such as Derek Speare to our portfolio of partners for the 500 Mile Race is a tremendous honor,” said Tanner Watkins, owner and editor of and the president of the 500 Mile Race.

“The job Derek has done in building his company up from a passion to a complete business represents that values we like to display in the line of work we do at Open-Wheels. He is dedicated, thorough and detailed – and we could not be any more proud to have the DSD logo featured on our partners page.”

As part of the partnership, Derek Speare Designs will donate three of their popular Track Boss Classic button controllers (click here to see) to participants in the 500 Mile Race. In particular, the button boxes will be awarded as follows:

  • One button box awarded to the winner of the 500 Mile Race.
  • One button box awarded via a random draw, within a pool of drivers who started the 500 Mile Race and completed 50% or more of the scheduled race distance.
  • One button box donated via the Safe Driver Award. This will go to the driver who has the least number of incidents in the race and completes 50% or more of the scheduled race distance. In the event of a tie in this category, the winner will be drawn randomly from the eligible participants.

Consistent with his enthusiasm for sim racing as a whole, Speare brings genuine excitement to the inaugural 500 Mile Race.

“DSD is very much looking forward to the 500 Mile Race! We’re pleased to participate as a sponsor of the event and Tanner Watkins has organized an exciting racing schedule,” said Speare, the owner of Derek Speare Designs. “Tanner’s professional approach and organization of the 500 Mile Race for the iRacing community will certainly be as close to the real thing as anyone would expect. The event is all about the participants.

The Derek Speare Designs Track Boss Classic button box that will be awarded to three lucky participants of the inaugural 500 Mile Race. (Derek Speare Designs)

“I’m a sim racer myself and my goal for DSD is to continually strive to offer components designed to make every sim racing enthusiast’s racing experience as enjoyable as possible,” Speare continues.

“We love to give prizes and it’s great to offer up some DSD button controllers to add some sizzle and excitement to the event! We’re certain the participants of the 500 Mile race will have a blast and hope that some DSD Track Boss controllers will make it better! Have Fun and GLA”

Derek Speare Designs offers an assortment of sim racing products, ranging from button boxes, wheel plates and adapters, sequential shifters and extended wheel paddles, plus a host of other goodies. With a background in sim racing of over 20 years in length, Speare understands the industry and his expertise contributes to the incredible attention to detail and quality in his products.

To learn more about Derek Speare Designs and the products they have to offer, please visit the company’s website at – and tell them Open-Wheels sent you! Furthermore, iRacers can run the DSD logo on their cars by visiting the Paint Shop inside the iRacing Member Site.

The 2019 500 Mile Race will be held from November 3 to 17. Entries will be accepted starting on October 1, and qualifications weekend will run on the weekend of November 9 and 10. Race day is Sunday, November 17.

For individuals interested in becoming a sponsor with our event, please check out our remaining sponsorship packages by visiting this link, or by contacting Tanner Watkins directly at

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