**ALL drivers, including drivers already in the league, must sign up below if you plan on racing Super Late Models with us this season!**
With the start of the 2018 Summer Season just around the corner, SARA's Super Late Model division is being renamed from the TUNDRA Super Sim Series to the newly named Sim Marketing Solutions Super Series, and is set to kick off it's 14th season of racing as iRacing's premier Super Late Model division. Many of iRacing's top short track drivers compete weekly at SARA and in the Super Late Model division, making it one of the most competitive and challenging series on the service.
With the success and extremely high level of competition in our Super Series over the past few seasons, and often sending home a number of cars every week, we’re expanding our Super Late Model competition with all-new Davis Chassis Works Contender Series. This series will be a secondary Super Late Model division for drivers to gain experience, and race competitively, all while developing their skills and setups before taking on some of the league’s best in the Super Series.
More information about both series is explained below:
Super Series Becomes Invite-Only SLM Division
Current Prize Fund - $350 (and counting)
For the 2018 Summer Season, the Super Series will continue to serve as SARA's premier division with some of the best drivers on iRacing competing weekly. This highly competitive series has drawn a lot of interest over the past few season with a large number of new drivers attempting to qualify each race.
SARA regulars such as Joe Schaffer Jr., David Krikorian, Ty Spearman and many more have taken on new competitors such as NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series drivers like Christian Challiner and Jimmy Mullis over the past few season, making the series truly one of the toughest on iRacing.
To ensure a high level of competition continues in this series, while maintaining clean and respectful racing, SARA officials have made the move for the Super Series to become invite-only for the upcoming season.
SARA officials and our "Driver Approval Committee" will review all registrations from the form below and will select drivers to compete in the Super Series in the upcoming season. There are NO specific requirements for getting invited, however drivers will be reviewed based on a combination of things including their previous on-track performance, their ability to race clean and respectfully, and drivers who have proven they can compete against some of the best.
In addition to inviting drivers to compete in the Super Series, a number of drivers will be eligible to compete in both the Super Series and the all-new Contender Series, which is explained below:
Contender Series Added As Second SLM Division
Current Prize Fund - $100
As stated above, the all-new Contender Series will serve as a secondary Super Late Model division, providing drivers a chance to gain experience, and race competitively, all while developing their skills and setups before taking on some of the league’s best in the Super Series.
So what does this mean? With the high level of competition in the Super Series, there are a number of drivers that have expressed that they either don't want to be "in the way" so they don't show up, or when they make the races they don't feel competitive so they get discouraged. There's also a decent amount of drivers that might show up for only a couple of races but fail to qualify, and then the stop showing up completely. Having drivers struggle at the back of a stacked field, or miss races completely, isn't helping any of those drivers improve their skills or gain any experience to help make them better drivers. This is where the Contender Series becomes a great place for drivers to run to help develop their skills to compete in the Super Series.
So, much like the Super Series, once drivers register below, we'll review all applications and we'll make a decision on which division drivers should be in. Drivers that don't get an invite to the Super Series will be allowed to run in the Contender Series, with plenty of opportunities to work their way up. Most new drivers (unless they have known prior experience) will likely also be placed into the Contender Series to prove themselves before jumping up.
Also, a number of drivers will likely be allowed to run in both series. These drivers will have the ability to use the Contender Series as a way to work on their setups, and test them in actual race conditions, to better prepare themselves for the Super Series. For anyone familiar with the Non-Winner races we had last Fall, the Contender Series is also a place for drivers to gain momentum and confidence by running well, which could eventually translate to better finishes in the Super Series.
So how will both series work?
Super Series - Thursday Nights - Broadcasted weekly on SARATV
Contender Series - Wednesday Nights - No broadcasts at this time
Each week we will host 1-hour test sessions prior to the Contender Series races, and will be open to Super Series drivers as well. This will give drivers a better idea of where they stand with their setups in actual conditions, and Contender Series drivers are encouraged to ask questions to the Super Series drivers for setup help and tips.
BOTH Series will:
• run the same exact schedule (Super Series will have slightly longer lap counts)
• have the same weather forecast
• have the same Time of Day settings
• use the same set of rules and procedures
By running the same schedule and same conditions, it will further provide a chance for the guys in the Contender Series to develop their skills and work on their setups which will translate up into the Super Series better. It will also allow teams that have drivers in both series, to test setups in the Contender Series the night before trying them in the Super Series as a better way to test.
Restricted Drivers - A number of drivers that get invited into the Super Series, will NOT be able to run in the Contender Series. These will be drivers who have won, or are capable of winning a Super Series race on any given week. By restricting these drivers from running in the Contender Series, it will give the other drivers in that series a chance to compete up front more often, gaining the experience they need.
Additional Invites - Every four weeks, we will review the drivers in the Contender Series and may hand out additional invites to the Super Series for the guys that are performing well or are showing they can race cleanly. By periodically giving out invites to drivers, it gives an extra reason for drivers in the Contender Series to race cleanly and respectfully.
Provisionals - Each week, the top two finishers from the Contender Series will earn provisional starting spots in the Super Series the following night.
All drivers planning on running in either Super Late Model division must fill out the form below. SARA officials will then review all registrations and will send out invitations in the coming weeks (more info will be announce on Facebook regarding invites). The information you provide below such as Hometown, Sponsors, and Team will be used in broadcasts when needed. A proper email address should be used in case we need to contact you directly.