The International Sim Drivers Club is proud to announce the formation of the Formula World Series. Twelve races have been announced over the course of a three month inaugural season in three different nations. Nine Ovals and Three Road Courses will see the drivers of the ISDC try to tame the globe. Twenty four entries have been filed with six different manufacturers represented. Strong factory efforts from Honda and Chevy are accompanied by efforts from Mercedes Benz, Infiniti, Toyota and Ford-Cosworth.
The season starts in the Inland Empire of California. Auto Club Speedway will play host to the King Taco 300 on June 6th. The 300 kilometer, 188 mile race will see the draft play a larger role than at most any other track on the schedule. This will be countered the week after by a quick jump up the west coast to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. A 45 lap affair around the challenging course overlooking the Pacific will test the patience and tenacity of the Formula World Series drivers.
Following the quick West Coast tango, the series ventures back east to the hallowed grounds of Indianapolis. The ISDC Indianapolis 500 will be a 125 lap event. It will be the only event on the calendar featuring the cars starting the race in three wide formation. Fuel mileage will likely play a major factor as cars are only expected to make about 45 miles to a tank. A trip up to New England follows with the 90 lap Camping World Indy at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
The series then takes a week off for the 4th of July before heading to Chicagoland Speedway for a late afternoon event. Handling and tire management will play a major role due to the increasing abrasiveness of the 15 year old surface. The Formula World Series then visits its second road course and second nation of the season, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada. The long straights, tight corners and difficult nature of the circuit should provide for a lot of passing, a lot of room for error, and the chance for the top driver to shine through.
An interesting Midwestern stretch will follow with two night races at Gateway and Iowa respectively, likely under cool conditions, followed by a mid evening show at Kentucky that will likely display the true talent of the ISDC Drivers. It should be another mile and a half that leads to a lot of tire wear and a very slick track.
The season then closes out with a three race stretch in August. The last Midwestern stop is in Eastern Wisconsin at the storied Road America circuit for the Texaco Havoline 200. The four mile course will be handled at high speed through much of the lap with plenty of passing opportunities. A long flight later will see the FWS competitors tackle the tricky egg-shaped oval of Twin Ring Motegi. The season will close with the appropriately named "500." Only the second 500 kilometer event of the season, this time the series will tackle the Texas Motor Speedway. It will likely be a race of attrition as the miles will eat away at even the most hardened drivers. By this point of the year the temperatures are likely to be down in Dallas leading to high speeds and high grip coupled with lower downforce.
Further news is expected in the days and weeks leading up to the King Taco 300. Rumors have circulated the paddock at the most recent test at Gateway Motorsports Park that a TV deal is imminent.
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