What is the Open-Wheels 500 Mile Race?

The Open-Wheels 500 Mile Race is a motorsports competition held annually in the fall. Led by site owner and motorsports veteran Tanner Watkins, the race is contested on the popular iRacing Motorsports Simulations platform available to online “sim racers” from all around the world.

It is not designed to profit Open-Wheels, rather reward the competitors for their efforts in a similar fashion to the allure of the real-life 500-mile event held in Indianapolis each May.

When is the Open-Wheels 500 Mile Race?

Opening practice kicks off two weeks of racing on Sunday, November 7, 2021. Practice continues through that week, culminating in “Fast Friday” on Friday, November 12. Qualifications weekend is November 13 and 14, and practice will once again resume the following week for drivers in the race.

Friday, November 19 will serve as Media Day ahead of the race, and the “Day Before the 500” will be held on Saturday, November 20 – featuring the final official practice for the race, the Veterans 100 support race, and the Pit Stop Competition.

Race day is Sunday, November 21 – with a full day of festivities planned!

If you are interested in participating in the 2021 Open-Wheels 500 Mile Race, please contact Tanner Watkins at Tanner@Open-Wheels.com for more information.

What purpose does the Open-Wheels 500 Mile Race serve?

To provide a motorsports event between each iteration of the real-life “500” each May that honors and respects the traditions, pageantry, spectacle, and spirit of the race in the same way that former Indianapolis Motor Speedway track owner Tony Hulman cared for the event.

By giving iRacing’s members an opportunity to experience the importance and grandeur of the event in some comparable way on iRacing, Open-Wheels aims to produce an event that becomes respected in not only the sim racing society but motorsports society as a whole.

What is the vision of the Open-Wheels 500 Mile Race?

To incorporate as many traditions and ties to the real-life “500” as possible in a tribute to the race. This event is designed to offer competitors many of the elements that come with racing in this event in real life that iRacing cannot provide in their simulation-wide event held each May. This includes prizes (both in monetary and item form), a three-wide start, two days of qualifying with a true bumping format, increased media coverage and more.

The aim is to make the Open-Wheels 500 Mile Race the most prestigious open-wheel racing event on the service and the premier 500-mile Indianapolis event in sim racing.

If I become a sponsor of the Open-Wheels 500 Mile Race, what happens to the funds that I donate to the event?

All funds generated by Open-Wheels for the event will be used to either pay for the driver purse and their prizes, or for expenses – such as the cost of broadcasting the race and qualifications, fees designated by iRacing to host the event on their servers, and shipping costs for prize packages.

If you have any questions or general inquiries about the Open-Wheels 500 Mile Race, please contact Tanner Watkins at Tanner@Open-Wheels.com.

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