iRacing Downshift


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iRacing Downshift is where real racing and simracing collide! Hosted by Greg West, Kevin Bobbitt, and Chris Leone, the official podcast of iRacing includes World Championship eSport updates, a lively discussion of the biggest stories in the world of racing, and much more.

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Episode 40: James Vowles of Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team // 2022 Season 1 Preview
On the latest iRacing Downshift, Greg and Kevin welcome Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team Motorsport Strategy Director James Vowles to discuss bringing the Mercedes-AMG F1 W12 E Performance to iRacing, how the team and iRacing have worked together to develop both the car and the sim itself, and the special format to the Tuesday night league he runs. We’ve also got a look at the rest of our exciting new content for 2022 Season 1, including two new touring cars, an updated Watkins Glen, Knockhill Circuit, and the Porsche Experience Center Hockenheim!
Dec 06, 2021
Episode 39: 2021-22 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Preview Show!
The iRacing World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car World Championship is just days away, and we've got a new Downshift to preview the action with three-time defending champion Alex Bergeron and WoO Public Relations Manager Nick Graziano! Plus, find out more about our Black Friday deals, our Winter Derby, and much more.
Nov 12, 2021
Episode 38: Keegan Leahy, Mercedes, Phoenix, and More!
The latest iRacing Downshift is chock full of exciting updates, from an extended interview with 2021 eNASCAR champion Keegan Leahy to new content announcements like Mercedes-AMG F1 and Phoenix Raceway. Plus, find out where our staff has been racing, how our pro series have been going, and much more!

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Oct 29, 2021
Episode 37: Mount Washington! AND Travis Pastrana!
The Mount Washington Auto Road just became the first-ever hillclimb course on iRacing, and we're here to tell you about it! And who better to describe the mountain than the man who currently holds the world record for its fastest run? That's right—Travis Pastrana stopped by the studio to join the show (and get some extra seat time in the sim)! Be sure to follow along with the event on Sunday as Travis tries to extend his record!
Aug 12, 2021
Episode 36: Steve Myers Returns (And So Do We!)
It's been a while, eh? We're bringing the heat to make up for lost time on iRacing Downshift with Steve Myers as our special guest to talk track reconfigurations, NASCAR Next Gen, Chicago, and all the other cool stuff you've been seeing lately. We also catch up with all the other new series and content releases of the past couple months, talk the eNASCAR playoff picture, and look ahead to some exciting new special events.

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Jul 15, 2021
Episode 35: Build Week Blowout! Hockenheim, Bristol Dirt, and More
Happy build week, everybody! The boys are back to recap all of the big developments and new content coming later this week, as well as a recap of our major esports series and special events and plenty more.
Mar 08, 2021
Episode 34: 2021 eNASCAR and Porsche Preview
It's time for the first iRacing Downshift of 2021! The boys are back to talk all things about the upcoming eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series and Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup seasons. We also break down the exciting World of Outlaws Sprint Car title battle, look ahead to IMSA and LCQ League broadcasts, and reflect on 2020.
Jan 08, 2021
Episode 33: Build Week! Dallara iR-01, Long Beach, and MUCH More!
There's so much content in the iRacing 2021 Season 1 build, that we didn't even have time for a guest this week! From the Dallara iR-01 to the Big Block Modified, Long Beach to Cedar Lake, two new GT3s to a jump on the Irwindale Figure 8, we've got plenty to talk about. We also run through all the Week 13 series where you'll get to play with the new toys, and even find some time to wrap up the iRacing Rallycross season!
Dec 09, 2020
Episode 32: Sebastian Job and Conor Daly
It's a 2-for-1 interview special on the latest iRacing Downshift! Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup champion Sebastian Job and NTT IndyCar Series star Conor Daly sit down with the Downshift crew. We've also got World Championship updates, details on the iRacing Chili Bowl Nationals, and much more.
Nov 23, 2020
Episode 31: The Champs Are Here—Nick Ottinger and William Byron
Fresh off taking the $100,000 eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series title, winning driver Nick Ottinger and winning team owner William Byron join the iRacing Downshift crew to talk about a wildly successful season. We've also got updates on your favorite other iRacing World Championship series and much more. Be sure to tune into NBCSN this Sunday at 7:30PM ET to watch the eNASCAR season finale!
Nov 05, 2020
Episode 30: Josh Berry, eNASCAR Championship 4, and More
The eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series Championship 4 is set, and we've got all the major series storylines on the latest iRacing Downshift. Fresh off of scoring the 2020 NASCAR Weekly Series title and getting the promotion to a JR Motorsports Xfinity Series car for 2021, Josh Berry drops in to talk about a crazy season and his own eNASCAR experience. We've also got updates on our World of Outlaws, rallycross, and Corvette C8.R series!
Oct 30, 2020
Episode 29: eNASCAR Playoffs, Porsche Champions, iRX, and IMSA
It's an eSports-heavy edition of the iRacing Downshift, as we get back in the studio to talk about the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series playoffs, Sebastian Job's Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup title, the all-new IMSA Triple Crown Challenge, and iRacing Rallycross presented by Yokohama.
Oct 16, 2020
Episode 28: Build Week and Meet the Hudsons!
It’s build week on the latest iRacing Downshift! Get ready for 2020 Season 4 with a look at all of our exciting new content and features, and we cover all the biggest news in our World Championship series. We’ve also got an extended interview with our own Tyler and Lisa Hudson, covering everything from their day-to-day responsibilities to if we might see Lisa join Tyler in one of our staff races anytime soon!
Sep 09, 2020
Episode 27: Eric Hudec, the Daytona Road Course, and Nim's Tips Return!
The latest iRacing Downshift gets in depth with senior vehicle dynamics engineer Eric Hudec on the DAYTONA Road Course, his career in real-world racing, and more. Chief steward Nim Cross joins us for the return of Nim's Tips, and we've got all the latest news on our World Championships, plus our Indy 500 picks.
Aug 20, 2020
Episode 26: The Clint Bowyer Interview
It's the interview you've all been waiting for: how on earth did Clint Bowyer manage to call the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series races while he was racing for the win? We've got a mega interview with the Stewart-Haas Racing driver, plus World Championship recaps, a look ahead to new content coming in September, and much more.

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Jul 30, 2020
Episode 25: Chase Briscoe and a Busy Week Ahead!
On the latest iRacing Downshift, NASCAR Xfinity Series front-runner Chase Briscoe drops by after a huge win in Indianapolis. We look at the eNASCAR and World of Outlaws points battles, and anticipate a huge racing weekend that includes a ton of real-world competition and the iRacing 24 Hours of Spa. Finally, we reveal a brand new Dirt Oval track dropping later this year!
Jul 10, 2020
Downshift Hot Lap: Alex Bergeron
Fresh off a second straight iRacing World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car World Championship, we've got Alex Bergeron on a brand new Downshift Hot Lap to talk about his racing background, making the switch to dirt on iRacing full-time, and going for a sweep of both of this year’s World of Outlaws titles.
Jun 22, 2020
Episode 24: Steve Myers (Part 1) and Build Week
It's build week, and the iRacing Downshift team is here to talk about what to expect from our six new cars—including the 1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo and Ford Thunderbird! We've also got the first of a multi-part interview with iRacing Executive Vice President Steve Myers, who recaps the past few months of producing race events for real-world series and talks about the origins of iRacing itself.
Jun 03, 2020
Downshift Hot Lap: Roush Fenway Racing
The eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series returns to action this Friday at Atlanta Motor Speedway, and Roush Fenway Racing enters as the most recent winner with rookie Kollin Keister. We throw back to eNASCAR Media Day in January with Kollin and teammate Nathan Lyon.
May 28, 2020
Episode 23: Tony Kanaan, WoO Drama, and Much More!
IndyCar champion and Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan joins us for a brand new episode of iRacing Downshift. We also look at an intensely dramatic World of Outlaws Sprint Car championship battle coming down to its final race, more Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup action, and special events, including massive participation in our pair of Indy 500 weekends.
May 22, 2020
Episode 22: We're Back! North Wilkesboro, Pro Invitationals, and More
It's been the two craziest months you could possibly imagine at iRacing, and the Downshift crew is finally back to recap what happened when NASCAR, IndyCar, IMSA, and others took their respective series virtual this spring. We also talk about the surprise early drop of North Wilkesboro Speedway and get excited for the return of real NASCAR racing this weekend at Darlington.
May 15, 2020
Downshift Hot Lap: William Byron Esports
On a brand new Downshift Hot Lap, we throw it back to eNASCAR Media Day in January with William Byron Esports drivers John Gorlinsky and Nick Ottinger. Podium Esports' James Pike has the interview.
May 07, 2020
Downshift Hot Lap: Santino Ferrucci
The latest iRacing Downshift Hot Lap sees host Greg West sit down for a one-on-one with NTT IndyCar Series driver Santino Ferrucci. The Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan driver talks about using iRacing to get ready for this year's Chili Bowl, his first experience in the IndyCar iRacing Challenge, and more. Be sure to tune into NBCSN today at 2:30PM ET as the IndyCar iRacing Challenge continues with the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama!
Apr 04, 2020
Downshift Hot Lap: Simon Pagenaud
Get behind the wheel with the Downshift Hot Lap, as we interview the biggest names in the world of motorsport about their time behind the wheel in iRacing. This week, iRacing Downshift host Greg West catches up with defending Indianapolis 500 champion and former NTT IndyCar Series champion Simon Pagenaud to talk about the IndyCar iRacing Challenge and more.
Apr 03, 2020
Episode 21: Downshift @ Home
On a special, no frills, social distancing-themed episode of iRacing Downshift, Greg West looks ahead to this weekend's exciting IMSA Sebring SuperSaturday and eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series events, Chris Leone recaps the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series at Homestead, and we've got interviews with the eNASCAR squads of JR Motorsports and Stewart-Haas eSports. We'll be back next week with the usual crew and show format.
Mar 21, 2020
Episode 20: Season 2 Build, Week 13, PAX East, and More!
We've got a jam-packed episode in this week's iRacing Downshift, as we preview our Season 2 build, the exciting series coming for Week 13, and our setup in PAX East this week! We've also got interviews with the eNASCAR squads of Burton Kligerman eSports and Wood Brothers Racing after their drivers finished 1-2 at Auto Club earlier this week.
Feb 27, 2020
Episode 19: eNASCAR Kicks Off!
On a brand new iRacing Downshift, we celebrate the start of the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series season and welcome play-by-play voice Evan Posocco and eNASCAR journalist Justin Melillo for their takes on the 2020 campaign. We also take a look at some of the exciting news in sports car racing, from last weekend's Bathurst 12 Hour to new series that you’ll see later this year, and look ahead to the real-world Daytona 500 this weekend.
Feb 11, 2020
Episode 18: Champions, Challengers, and Cut-Ups
On a brand new iRacing Downshift, we've got two more interviews from eNASCAR Media Day with the drivers at Richmond Raceway eSports and Clint Bowyer Racing. Kevin checks in from the Rolex 24 at Daytona, and we look ahead to the biggest football game of the year.
Feb 01, 2020
Episode 17: Chili Bowl Breakdown, Daytona 24, and More!
On a brand new iRacing Downshift, we recap an exciting Chili Bowl (and its overnight rebuild) with the help of associate producer Kevin Iannarelli, we look back on the iRacing 24 Hours of Daytona and Team Staff Infection 2.0, and Kyle Larson Racing eSports drivers Steve Sheehan and Bob Bryant check in from eNASCAR Media Day in Charlotte earlier this month.
Jan 23, 2020
Episode 16: eNASCAR Media Day, Casey Kirwan/Keegan Leahy, and the Chili Bowl
On a brand new iRacing Downshift, we talk about the excitement of eNASCAR Media Day (and the social media conversation afterward), get pumped up for the Chili Bowl Nationals, and look ahead to this weekend's iRacing 24 Hours of Daytona. Denny Hamlin Racing drivers Casey Kirwan and Keegan Leahy are this week's guests!
Jan 17, 2020
Episode 15: Movie Magic with Alex Horn
We've got an all-new iRacing Downshift this week! Greg is on vacation, so guest host Alex Horn joins us to talk about video and content creation and how he puts together our Top 10 clips. We talk about new content from the December build, from two new Supercars to Lernerville and Lime Rock, recap another wild Week 13, and shed some light on the (virtual) rebirth of North Wilkesboro Speedway.
Dec 12, 2019
Episode 14: Greg Hill Reveals TOP SECRET Project
We’re back! On a brand new iRacing Downshift, we’re joined by senior vice president of product development Greg Hill, who reveals some top-secret content coming to the new build and talks about the development process. We also talk about our move to a new office, catch up on the NASCAR season finale from Homestead, and share some awesome Black Friday deals!
Nov 20, 2019
Episode 13: The Zack Novak Interview
eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series champion Zack Novak drops by the iRacing office to talk about his epic battle for the championship on a brand new episode of iRacing Downshift. We take a look back at the 2019 season as a whole and how the championship was settled between Novak and Keegan Leahy in the final laps from Homestead-Miami Speedway. We also look back at two wild NASCAR races from Kansas, and preview a big NASCAR weekend from Martinsville and the Lucas Oil Off Road season finale at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.
Oct 24, 2019
Episode 12: PEAK Week and Tony's Sneak Peek
It's time to crown an eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series champion this week! We've got all four title contenders on air before they do battle this Thursday at 5PM ET on NBCSN! Plus, we've got a chat with iRacing president Tony Gardner looking to the future, upcoming race previews, and more!
Oct 08, 2019
Episode 11: Car Development, Chris (Lerch), and Coffee
We’ve got a rowdy episode of iRacing Downshift this week as the boys recap the inaugural Porsche Esports Supercup season, the real-world return of the Charlotte Roval, and a Throw N’ Go Challenge unlike any other. Chris Lerch joins the show to discuss car and tire development as well as what led him to iRacing. Finally, get pumped for this weekend’s kickoff of the Thrustmaster iRX World Championship with a season preview!
Oct 03, 2019
Episode 10: Frankfurt Fun and Roval Recap
iRacing Downshift is back with a look at the biggest news in sim racing! Hosts Greg West, Kevin Bobbitt, and Chris Leone recap iRacing's busy weekend with Porsche at IAA Frankfurt, including the announcement of the 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport coming soon. We look back at the Charlotte Roval that set this year's eNASCAR PEAK Series Championship, talk the biggest storylines in real-world racing, and bring back the Throw N' Go Challenge!
Sep 26, 2019
Episode 9: Build Week, SimRacing Expo, and More!
iRacing Downshift is back with a vengeance with our biggest episode yet! Hosts Greg West, Kevin Bobbitt, and Chris Leone run through all the exciting things you’ll experience with the 2019 Season 4 Build. Then, it’s off to the Nurburgring, as Greg, Kevin, and guest host Doug Hunt interview some of the biggest names in simracing, including Jimmy Broadbent, Nils Heusinkveld, Wil Vincent, and more! This is one episode that you won't want to miss!
Sep 11, 2019
Episode 8: Matt Malone, PEAK Preview, and Real-World Recap
On this week’s iRacing Downshift, popular streamer Matt Malone drops in for an interview about all things iRacing (and occasionally not iRacing)! We also look ahead to an exciting eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series regular season finale from Bristol, discuss Matt DiBenedetto’s performance in real-world NASCAR action, and look at a wild first-lap crash at the IndyCar race from Pocono.
Aug 20, 2019
Episode 7: Dan Garrison, Dynamic Weather, and a Coffee Crisis
iRacing Downshift is back (after surviving nearly a week of the coffee machines being down at iRacing HQ) and we’ve got another interview! This week, senior programmer Dan Garrison gives us an update on key features you can expect in future builds. We discuss bumping and blocking in real-world racing from Watkins Glen and Road America, chief steward Nim Cross gives his tips on how to submit a successful protest, and we cover the latest and greatest in iRacing World Championship and Special Event races.
Aug 08, 2019
Episode 6: Tony Gardner, TV, and Throw N’ Go
On the latest iRacing Downshift, iRacing president Tony Gardner stops in to talk about some of the awesome new content coming in the 2019 Season 4 build, and this Thursday’s live eNASCAR all-star race on NBCSN’s NASCAR America. We’ve got your latest World Championship updates in NASCAR, Porsche, and World of Outlaws competition, a look at the past week in real-world racing from New Hampshire, Lime Rock, and Iowa, and one of the wildest Throw N’ Go Challenges to ever go down on the Nordschleife!
Jul 24, 2019
Episode 5: The Dave Kaemmer Interview
This week’s episode of iRacing Downshift is a special one, as our founder and simracing legend Dave Kaemmer drops in. For over 30 years, Dave has pushed simracing forward with the development of legendary games like Indianapolis 500, the NASCAR Racing series, and Grand Prix Legends before founding iRacing. Hosts Greg West and Kevin Bobbitt talk with Dave about iRacing’s origins, the physics that set it apart from other motorsport simulations, and what the future of iRacing will look like.
Jul 17, 2019
Episode 4: Expect the Unexpected
The boys are back from the holiday break on the latest iRacing Downshift and there’s a ton to catch up on! We check in with the latest World Championship results, offer tips and tricks on how to compensate when things go wrong on track, look back at an unpredictable NASCAR weekend at Daytona, and announce a HUGE guest for next week!
Jul 12, 2019
Episode 3: Road Race-O-Rama and Dirt Track Drama
It’s (almost) all about road racing on the latest iRacing Downshift! From two new public series and the Formula Renault 3.5 in the Throw N’ Go Challenge to NASCAR at Sonoma and a Porsche Esports Supercup preview, those who like turning left and right should find plenty to enjoy this week. We’ve also got a look at the debut of this year’s World of Outlaws Late Model World Championship, tips from our stewards on how to re-enter the track safely, and a look at what our hosts will be doing over Independence Day weekend.
Jun 28, 2019
Episode 2: Bumping, Banging, and “Bobbitt Reads Comments”
Today on the iRacing Downshift, we preview the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model World Championship and Porsche SimRacing Trophy. We discuss penalties for both aggressive driving in NASCAR and fueling limits at Le Mans, look ahead to the return of the carousel at Sonoma Raceway, and introduce the Throw N’ Go Challenge for iRacers to take on Greg and Kevin on the Nordschleife. Plus, the debut of “Bobbitt Reads Comments!”
Jun 20, 2019
Episode 1: PEAK at Sonoma, Porsche at Canadian Tire, IndyCar Pit Crews and Vettel's Penalty
Today on the iRacing Downshift, we discuss the latest World Championship eSport news as the eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series visits Sonoma and the Porsche Esports Supercup heads north of the border. We also discuss Sebastian Vettel's penalty in Canada, IndyCar pit road incidents, NASCAR at Michigan, and more!
Jun 14, 2019