Bring Back IROC

Posted by: Red91

Bring Back IROC - 03/23/14 01:08 PM

I've been watching IROC clips on YouTube, along with the IMSA Kelly American Challenge, and I believe a new series should be formed out of the remnants of those two series. Run a season of 10-14 races, blend the track demographic to include everything from high-banked superspeedways to high-speed road courses, and everything in between. Invite Champions of NASCAR, F1, IndyCar, CART, and other sanctioning bodies that I may not be aware of. I figure the 2015 Mustang, with its IRS and Coyote 5.0, would be a great car to use, or maybe even a slightly tuned EcoBoost 4 cyl. I would like to see uniform cars, so that wins and competition are based off of driver talent. Of course the icing on the cake would be an automotive related sponsor, such as Bosch, or Kendall GT-1 Full Synthetic engine oil. smile
Posted by: JDW

Re: Bring Back IROC - 03/23/14 01:11 PM

Old enough here to remember IROC back in its good days wink
Posted by: Tdbo

Re: Bring Back IROC - 03/23/14 01:11 PM

Can't disagree with anything you said.
Posted by: Charlie1935

Re: Bring Back IROC - 03/23/14 01:14 PM

Sounds good to me.
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Posted by: oldhp

Re: Bring Back IROC - 03/23/14 01:18 PM

I agree. I personally liked the IROC racing.....but not enough people paid to watch it and sponsors weren't lining up either which led to it's demise.
Posted by: Mykl

Re: Bring Back IROC - 03/23/14 01:19 PM

I want to see some dirt oval action between Jimmy Johnson and Sebastian Vettel
Posted by: Doog

Re: Bring Back IROC - 03/23/14 01:36 PM

IROC racing....fun to watch for at least 10 minutes....zzzzzzz
Posted by: dailydriver

Re: Bring Back IROC - 03/23/14 01:36 PM

Originally Posted By: JDW
Old enough here to remember IROC back in its good days wink


Same here, and my fave versions were the EARLY ones set up like Trans Am series cars replete with Minilite wheels, NOT the tube framed, chromed steel Aero-wheeled 'baby NASCAR mini-stokers' of the latter years.

The current F1 (and WRC for that matter) stars would be WAAAYYY too busy to be able to take part in this, and even IF they were not their teams/sponsors would NEVER give them permission to do this due to liability/risk factors and such.
Posted by: Boomer

Re: Bring Back IROC - 03/23/14 01:37 PM

Doog, think you are confusing IROC with NASCAR!!!!
Posted by: Red91

Re: Bring Back IROC - 03/23/14 01:58 PM

Good point about the F1 drivers, I didn't think about that. I didn't even consider dirt tracks....that would be quite awesome.
Posted by: L_Sludger

Re: Bring Back IROC - 03/23/14 02:17 PM

Bring back "I Run Over Children" ?
I don't think so!
Posted by: A_Harman

Re: Bring Back IROC - 03/23/14 03:02 PM

Originally Posted By: dailydriver
Originally Posted By: JDW
Old enough here to remember IROC back in its good days wink


Same here, and my fave versions were the EARLY ones set up like Trans Am series cars replete with Minilite wheels, NOT the tube framed, chromed steel Aero-wheeled 'baby NASCAR mini-stokers' of the latter years.

The current F1 (and WRC for that matter) stars would be WAAAYYY too busy to be able to take part in this, and even IF they were not their teams/sponsors would NEVER give them permission to do this due to liability/risk factors and such.


Yes, the later IROC was formulated to favor NASCAR drivers. I think in the late 80's the races were all on ovals but one at Mid-Ohio.

I remember the first IROC in 1973 used Porsche 911 Carrera's. Mark Donohue won that one. That formula obviously favored sports car drivers, especially ones that knew how to drive the wicked rear-engine 911. The IROC that was based on the production second-gen Camaro was my favorite. But it seemed like that series had a ringer car. Every race was won by the black car #7, regardless of who drove it.
Posted by: Red91

Re: Bring Back IROC - 03/23/14 03:19 PM

I'd love to see a slightly tuned production car be used, with racing brakes added, sort of like what they did with the Kelly American Challenge
Posted by: Doog

Re: Bring Back IROC - 03/23/14 04:40 PM

Originally Posted By: Boomer
Doog, think you are confusing IROC with NASCAR!!!!


No NASCAR is 5 minutes.......zzzzzzzzzzzz LOL
Posted by: fdcg27

Re: Bring Back IROC - 03/23/14 05:07 PM

I'd love to see it and would actually go to the races held on road courses.
Remeber the IROC 911s and later Camaros?
This was great racing and measured the drivers' skills and cajones, while most racing is more a measure of a team's bankroll.
Posted by: bdcardinal

Re: Bring Back IROC - 03/24/14 10:56 AM

I think NASCAR needs to have an invitational road race like they did in the 90s at the Suzuka Circuit in Japan. Except maybe have it in Laguna Seca or Circuit of the Americas.
Posted by: whip

Re: Bring Back IROC - 03/24/14 01:58 PM

The only way a new IROC series would work is if it was done in the off season. The old IROC failed because towards the end, it was only NASCAR drivers. I can't imagine any possible scenario where races could be scheduled that would allow drivers from multiple series to attend during the season. The IROC that is held in Europe is just one weekend.
Posted by: dailydriver

Re: Bring Back IROC - 03/24/14 03:05 PM

Originally Posted By: whip
The only way a new IROC series would work is if it was done in the off season. The old IROC failed because towards the end, it was only NASCAR drivers. I can't imagine any possible scenario where races could be scheduled that would allow drivers from multiple series to attend during the season. The IROC that is held in Europe is just one weekend.


Are you talking about Michelle Mouton's special stage rally based event, or something else held on a tarmac circuit I've never heard about? shrug
Posted by: whip

Re: Bring Back IROC - 03/24/14 03:40 PM

Yes,It's the event created by Michèle Mouton.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Race_of_Champions
Posted by: artificialist

Re: Bring Back IROC - 03/24/14 07:33 PM

When I read this thread, I thought of certain Camaro models, not "International Race of Champions"

I thought someone wanted to create a new Camaro that shared styling cues from the 1980s IROC Camaros.
Posted by: morris

Re: Bring Back IROC - 03/24/14 08:05 PM

if you cant stay in straight line, why try to race? must how they drive on the street.
Posted by: LAGA

Re: Bring Back IROC - 03/25/14 08:29 AM

I was at Indy for the Brickyard when they had the IROC race there. The only thing I remember about the race is I fell asleep watching it.
Posted by: dailydriver

Re: Bring Back IROC - 03/25/14 06:48 PM

Originally Posted By: artificialist
When I read this thread, I thought of certain Camaro models, not "International Race of Champions"

I thought someone wanted to create a new Camaro that shared styling cues from the 1980s IROC Camaros.


Just in case you have not figured it out; that model 3rd gen Camaro was named FOR, or in honor of, that race series. wink
Posted by: bdcardinal

Re: Bring Back IROC - 03/25/14 08:52 PM

I think the IROC series really lost is way and that is why it left a lot of bad tastes in peoples mouths. The last year they ran it they actually ran the road course at Daytona which was at least different.

I recently found an old video of the NASCAR invitational race at Suzuka on Youtube and that really had potential. It would be cool if when the Aussie V8 guys come to the US again they have an enduro race or two with NASCAR and Indy drivers as the second drivers. Maybe have a race in conjuction with the Indy Long Beach GP with Indy and Tudor Sports car drivers as the seconds. The next time they come to Austin maybe have it on a free NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend and get some of the Cup drivers to be the second drivers.