Will another 1987 NASCAR stock car be scanned in iRacing?

According to some recent social media posts, it looks like iRacing will scan and add a NASCAR 1987 Pontiac Grand Prix at some point in the future. Given some other contextual clues, iRacing might also be scanning a microsprint.

On Wednesday (September 14, 2022), iRacing Executive Director and NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt Jr. tweeted a few pics without words. Cryptic, certainly, but a few iRacing tweeters out there quickly understood what Earnhardt Jr. might have been hinting at.

On the left was a picture of an old NASCAR stock car, believed to have been owned by The King of NASCAR, Richard Petty. At right is a Micro Sprint with Christopher Bell’s name on the name track. The Micro Sprint also featured some yellow stripes across the front nose and a person in a blue polo with a camera behind.

While we might start jumping to conclusions there, if you don’t know the man behind the Micro Sprint personally, you can’t just say, “Hey, that’s some guy from iRacing and they’re scanning these things, wow!” You never know , as cryptic tweets and posts can sometimes become. I shelved the tweet, but we didn’t have to wait long for more information about it to come out.

On Thursday (September 15, 2022), Richard Petty’s high-speed speed shop Twitter account, @pettysgarage, tweeted to Earnhardt Jr and the Richard Petty Museum Twitter account (@PettyMuseum) asking, “What’s all this? ‘ with three photos of what is likely the same 1987 NASCAR stock car Earnhardt Jr. tweeted the previous day.

This time, however, the car was covered in the same yellow stripes as the Micro Sprint from Dale Jr’s tweet. Also clearly visible in the images is a person rocking an iRacing Polo with some sort of handheld electronic device hooked up to a laptop on a car. I would guess it’s a handheld laser scanner and the strips help collect the data.

Well, this is by no means anyone saying anything official as the iRacing accounts have not confirmed anything tweeted by Dale, by the Petty Garage, or by anyone who interacted with the tweet. However, it seems pretty obvious that these racers will eventually come to the iRacing service. At least I think we can confidently guess that the 1987 Pontiac Grand Prix driven by Richard Petty will be.

As for the micro, I don’t know too much about it, other than that it bears Christopher Bell’s name, but on the iRacing forums, a few members discussed the differences between mini and micro sprints in a thread related to the tweets in question above . This one doesn’t appear to have a wing and, for now, doesn’t appear to be related to the World of Outlaws: Dirt Racing content that we’ll be seeing in a couple of weeks.

Essentially, iRacing seems to be preserving another piece of racing history, something they’ve been pretty good at over the past few years. Just a few days ago it was announced that Pukehoke Park in New Zealand will be preserved with a laser scan on iRacing as the venue is scheduled to close in 2023.

Unique iRacing update by Dale Earnhardt Jr. for 1987 NASCAR stock cars

In terms of historical NASCAR content, in 2020 iRacing released a 1987 version of the North Wilkesboro Speedway, as well as the 1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo and 1987 Ford Thunderbird. Earlier this year, thanks to Dale Jr., iRacers got the 1987 Buick Lesabre back. The only thing iRacing would be missing would be a 1987 Oldsmobile Delta 88 from the 1987 NASCAR Cup Series season, if that were the case.

Personally, the 1987 content is all some of the best content on the entire platform, so I say the more the merrier. Also, hey Dale, if you’re reading this, I think you’d upset a lot of people if a NASCAR Generation 4 stock car from like, oh, say, 2003 or 2004 was announced to be scanned at some point. Just throw that out there.

Looking forward to more iRacing historical content? What do you hope they scan next? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section!

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