To help new members to iRacing, those existing members that still haven't found all this and also those interested in iRacing, here are a few of what I use on a regular basis and those other products and tweaks I have tried over the last two years!
Firstly, I'm not going to go in to any more detail about macros, the software to use and all other macro related products. We've covered this quite extensively for those for macros and those against. If you wish to try and read more on this, then please check out the following articles:
by Sam Hazim The iRacing members area already has a huge amount of statistics that you can look at and compare different data with. Sam Hazim, who has already made many videos and images showing iRacing reality-check photo galleries, has released a very interesting tool for iRacing members to view their statistics and who their main rivals are!
Racing Rivals is written in Java and lets iRacing subscribers compare their stats against other drivers showing a wide range of statistics for members, vehicles and series. Certainly worth a look at and reveals some very interesting statistics that might surprise you!
Link (Windows & Mac): http://www.samiad.co.uk/blog/?page_id=695
Motec and iRacing exporter/logger
by Patrick Moore
For those drivers wanting to take their experience to the next level and truly analyse their sessions on track, this set of apps and tools is an incredibly data rich source of information that will help you analyse your driving style and setups to truly improve. Below is a short video that shows the Motec tool in action:
As you can see, there is a wealth of information that can help you improve your laptimes, consistency and also manage the way the car handles throughout your laps. As Patrick states on the iRacing forum,
The program is pretty self intuitive. It runs in system tray. Double click or right click to open and modify the settings. An auto-updater is included to make sure you have the latest version. Run the program before you turn laps, and exit out to export the logged telemetry. It can export in both English and SI units.
As long as you have the plugin running all your sessions will be saved so please be aware you can easily see the files in the saved folder increase! Also, please note that a new file will be saved every time you leave the pits after being in spectator. A very useful feature rather than having to trawl through a long session.
iRacing MOTEC plugin - CLICK HERE
Motec Software - CLICK HERE
iRacing Forum Motec thread: CLICK HERE
iRacing Friend finder plugin - for Firefox and Google Chrome
by Rod Kodey
Many people have asked why they'd need a friend finder plugin for the members site when there is already that installed up at the top of the iracing members page by default. We will go through a few examples of where this can be an extremely useful little addon to your browser as long as you are using either Firefox or Google Chrome. We know that visitors to this site predominantly use these two browsers over the old favourite of IE.
While the friends and studied link is extremely useful and a welcome addition, using this plugin too does add an extra twist and enhance the experience. The image on the right shows the official friend finder in action. On many occasions it has been known to hear racers say they went to watch someone racing and ended up mistakenly clicking the green button to watch and not noticing that it was saying RACE NOW and ended up having to race or lose their iRating [this only happens if you join with less than 1.5 minutes to go and you're officially locked in or forfeit]. Also, if wanting to check which server the friend or studied is on, it doesn't show the time or the server number to view who else is on the server. This is where the iRacing friend finder from Rod really comes in to it's own as you can see from the screenshots below that were taken from Rod's Greasemonkey page, which can be accessed from the link also below.
If you are participating in a series and check the series server page, instantly you can see where any friends or studied are racing and if on the same server together. In addition, by using this tool you can see where any friend is racing on the members homepage and make a decision where to join. We've found that both the iRacing friend finder and this plugin are brilliant to have working together.
Plugin Download Link: http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/74072
If you know any other great plugins or applications that you would like to see added to the next part to this topic then please either add your comments below or send any details to the Radministrator via the link here.
In addition, if you would like see any article written on a particular subject or interviewing someone particular, then please let us know too.