As some of you may recall back in October 2014 Jules was critically injured in a crash near the end of the Grand Prix of Japan @ Suzuka, while we all hoped and prayed for the best, our worst fears came true this week as Jules passed on the 17th. Becoming the first driver to pass as the result of injuries sustained in a Formula 1 race since Senna in 1994. To remember him, we will be dedicating the August 3rd (Jules Birthday) Speedway Cup race in his memory as we will run the "Jules Bianchi 175" @ Zen Joltis 2012.
This years N.O.R.L. All-Star Race will consist of ten drivers, six of which will be automatically locked into the event. Drivers that are locked in will be 2014-2015 champions, combined with drivers with the most race wins for the 2014-2015 season until 6 drivers are locked in. To fill the rest of the field, two consolation races will be run before the N.O.R.L. All-Star Race. The top-2 of each consolation race will be entered into the field to fill the ten driver entry list. The main event will be 80 laps with realistic damage, weather, and yellows on. The track has yet to be determined, as Tim McDonnell is expected to create a new 2015 All-Star venue. July 2nd, 2015 at 9:00 ET will be the original scheduled date and time for the races, starting with Consolation Race #1. Unlike last years N.O.R.L. All-Star Race, locked-in drivers will NOT be allowed to race in the consolation races. You will be able to qualify for each event you are allowed to run. Good luck to every driver!
For the first time in N.O.R.L. history, neither of the front-row cars made it to the green flag during the Lowe's Night race this week. The N4 gods were abundantly clear that neither Craig Lee or Tony Pizzaro were going to start this race.
The new season of the Speedway Cup Series and AI NASCAR Racing 4 Extravaganza Series will launch during the week of the Daytona 500. The 36-race offline Extravaganza Series will begin the day before the Daytona 500, and continue through the series finale at Homestead. The schedule and points standings will be exactly the same as in real NASCAR, so winning is somewhat important. The online Speedway Cup Series will begin on Thursday February 26th, one full week after the Daytona Duels. The points system for Thursdays will be exactly the same as it's always been. Good luck!