iRacing’s youtube “How-To: Team Racing & Driver Swap”
SHARED PIT STALLS From 2016s1 release notes:
  • It is possible to host more drivers in an event than there are pit stalls, and drivers will share a pit stall to make this happen.
  • If you are hosting an open practice session (with no race involved) at any track, then you can allow up to 60 cars (or a little less if 60 cars would be too many for a small track) to join and drive at the same time.
  • If you are hosting an event that has a race, then the maximum number of cars is no longer limited by the number of pit stalls at the track, but by the number of starting grid stalls. Most tracks at this time are still limited to having the same number of starting grid stalls as pit stalls, but we have updated a few of the bigger tracks to support up to 60 drivers in a race.
  • When you are setting up a hosted server, the dropdown where you choose the maximum number of drivers will show up to the number of pit stalls as black numbers, meaning that no pit stalls will be shared, and it will show any extra drivers the track will support as red numbers, meaning pit stalls will be shared to achieve that maximum.
  • If a session is utilizing the new shared pit stalls feature, then you can have multiple drivers using the same pit stall. The way we implement this is that we allow multiple drivers to use the same pit stall at the same time. Any other car that is using your pit stall will fade out of view as they pull into and out of your pit stall, so you will be able to easily see and drive into your own stall at all times without any obstruction. Other pit stalls will show the multiple cars at the same time drawing on top of each other.
2016s1 Driver Swap post(s) by Randy C (19 Jan 2016):
  • It’s generally best to let the person that just pulled the car into the pit stall get themselves out of the car (they just press and hold ESC or Reset, as usual). The [Remove driver from car] button is intended as an emergency measure should your team’s driver park in the pit stall and go away for a food break (or whatever) without first exiting the car. It’s going to take 30 seconds to change drivers no matter how quickly you mash buttons.
  • Actually, there is no driver-swap time penalty for the driver that drove the car into the pit stall and came to a stop. If I do that, and I get out of the car and then get back into the car, there will be no driver-swap time penalty. In fact, other drivers on my team could get in/out of the car while it’s undergoing pit service and all of them would see a 30-second driver-swap timer. But if I get back in, the driver-swap timer would disappear.
  • Basically, you just drive the car into the pit stall and come to a stop, then use ESC or the Reset Car control to get out of the car. Your car would remain in the pit stall with your pit crew servicing it. Your teammates will get the [Drive] button. Whichever one is to drive the next stint would just click [Drive] (or whatever it’s called). That will take over the car from you in whatever state you and the pit crew left it, and the pit crew will continue the requested work.Note that whatever in-cockpit adjustments you have made (brake bias, ABS setting, pit-speed-limiter-engaged setting, etc) WILL BE TRANSFERRED TO YOUR CO-DRIVER. Make sure you communicate to your co-drivers what adjustments you made to the car, and be sure they all have controls configured to make any necessary adjustments – most importantly the “toggle pit-speed-limiter” control. If you exit the car with the pit-speed-limiter engaged, your co-driver will get the car with it engaged. If they don’t have any device mapped to toggle this control on/off (or they don’t know what it is), they’re going to have a very bad stint!
TOWING (release notes 29 Jan 2015)
During a race if you call for a tow while in your pit lane and near to your stall (such as if you get out of your car without quite having parked correctly in your pit stall), we now allow the pit crew to “push your car” into the pit stall if you’re not too far away, more quickly than a regular tow. It will still appear to be a tow, you don’t actually see the pitcrew doing anything, but the tow timing is much quicker.
CAR DAMAGE (release notes 29 Jan 2015)
The pitcrew can now replace parts that are damaged beyond repair, instead of simply ending your race with a disqualification for being too damaged. Replacing a part will generally take a fairly long amount of time (particularly if multiple parts are badly damaged), so in short races you may not be able to get your car fixed before the race is over. For instance, swapping in a fresh engine can take just over 30 minutes, and replacing the suspension on a corner of the car will take just over 8 minutes.
Cars listed in notes: BMW Z4 GT3, Chevrolet Covette C6.R GT1, Ford GT, Ford GT GT3, HPD ARX-01c, McLaren MP4-12C GT3, Riley MkXX Daytona Prototype, Ruf RT 12R C-Spec, Ruf RT 12R Track.


We now have the ability to have multi-driver teams in iRacing!

Some official iRacing series and special events (such as the World Tour) will be set up for Team Driving, and will be so designated. These sessions will have a defined minimum number of drivers that each team may field, and may also specify a maximum number of drivers on a team.

Hosted Team Driving sessions can be created by enabling the “Team Driving” selection when setting up the session. Once enabled, you can then specify additional Team Driving related options. These include the minimum and maximum number of drivers that each team may field, which rules governing requirements for driver changes are to be enforced (if any), and whether or not only a team’s qualifier is allowed to grid the car.

Leagues can host Team Driving events.

Team Driving is NOT currently available for Tournaments.

There will be no Time Trials in any official iRacing Team Driving series.

Driver change rules mostly apply only during Race sessions (see the “Session Behavior” section below). If such rules are enabled, teams that do not follow them during a Race session will receive a post-race Disqualification (see the “Driver Change Requirements In Race Sessions” section below).


For Team Driving sessions, spectators may register individually, but all session participants must register as part of a team. When registering for the session, you can choose to register as a member of an already-registered team of which you are a member, as a member of an already-registered team whose password you know, or you can register (one of) your own team(s) for the session. You will have a default team, named “Team Your Name”, that you may use if you have not yet created any teams. You may also create a new team while registering.

When you register a team for a session, you may choose whether or not you are also registering yourself for the session (a team manager who does not intend to participate in the session might use this). Until the session is launched, you are allowed to withdraw your entire team’s registration as long as no other team member is also registered for the session (you can’t yank your team’s registration out from under your teammates). Once the session has launched, you are free to withdraw yourself from the session, and you are free to register yourself and/or your team for a different session, but you may not withdraw your team from the current session.

It is possible that you could be a member of more than one team that is registered for a session. Prior to the session being launched, you are free to register/withdraw/re-register as a member of any team that is registered for the session. Once the session launches, you will be locked-in to the team for which you are registered – you may not jump back and forth between teams during a session, even as a spotter or crew member.

Team members may come and go during the session. You may withdraw from a Team Driving session, register for and participate in some other session (including other Team Driving sessions), withdraw from that session, and then come back later and re-register for the original session. For example, you can participate in an endurance Team race for an hour, withdraw from that race, drive in some other session, log off and go to sleep for several hours, then come back later for another stint in the endurance race.

At most six members of a team may be connected to a session at any one time, though many more than that may connect and disconnect over the course of a session (the current limit is 64 team members). If your team currently has the maximum number of allowed members connected to the session and you attempt to connect, instead of launching the simulation the web site will notify your currently-connected team members that you wish to join the session. If one or more of them exits the session, there will then be space for you, and you will be allowed to connect.

It is up to the team’s members to decide who should be present at various times during the session, and what roles they are to fulfill. All team members with a sufficient license and/or iRating for the session are eligible to drive the car. All team members are eligible to put the car into the garage and make setup changes, become the Crew Chief (and so make black-box changes to be applied during pit stops), or to spot for the driver. Team members may change roles during the session, and could possibly play more than one role at the same time (spot for the driver and act as the crew chief, for example).


In Race sessions, only as many team members as the maximum specified by the session will be allowed to get into the car. In Lone Qualify sessions, only one team member will be allowed to get into the car. In any other type of session, all of the eligible team members are allowed to drive the car.

In Lone Qualify sessions, the time put in by the one-and-only driver will be used as the team’s Qualifying time in any immediately-following Race session. In official iRacing series that use separate Qualifying sessions, the driver’s Qualifying time will be used to adjust their race-week Qualifying time.

In Open Qualify sessions that are scored as “best lap” (currently this is all such sessions), the fastest lap put in by any of the team’s drivers will be used as the team’s Qualifying time in any immediately-following Race session. In official iRacing series that use separate Qualifying sessions, each individual driver’s Qualifying time will be used to adjust their own race-week Qualifying time.

It is not required that the same team members drive in the Practice, Qualify, Warm-up and Race portions of a session. Each portion of the session is considered individually.

In iRacing official series that use separate Qualifying sessions, a team’s Qualifying time is used to establish the starting grid position for the Race session, and it will be computed as the best Qualifying time set by any of the team’s members who are fully registered for the session as the session is launched. The Qualifying time of team members who are not fully registered (don’t have a [Race in 1:30] type of status on the Race panel) are ignored.

It is not required that the team member whose Qualify time established the team’s grid position drive in the Race session. However, a session can optionally be set up to allow only the team member who established a team’s Qualify time to place the team’s car onto the starting grid. If that team member does not place the car onto the starting grid, then any team member will be allowed to place the car onto pit road and wait for a missed-start to join the race.


For a team to be considered “Official” in a Race session, and thus for any of its drivers to be eligible for Championship Points, the team must adhere to the “driver change rules” for the session. There are currently two options: “No Rules” or “Drive Your Fair Share”.

If the “No Rules” option is selected, then there are no requirements placed on the team for how many drivers must drive the car, or how much each driver must drive.

The “Drive Your Fair Share” rule operates as follows: at least the minimum number of drivers specified by the session must drive the car a “fair share” of the team’s laps, or the team will receive a post-race Disqualification. A fair share is currently defined as 25% of an “equal share” of the laps.

You will not need to perform the calculations described below yourself during the session. The Entries tab on the Session screen within the simulation will show for each driver individually a display of the form:

That is read as
n laps driven / out of r laps required as of now, or (R) laps estimated to be required by the end of the session.

It will be colored red if the team member has not driven enough laps to be considered official at this point in the race. It will be colored yellow if they have driven enough laps as of this point in the race, and it will be colored green if they have driven enough laps that they would be considered official at the current estimate of the number of laps that your team will complete in the session.

Additionally, the driver’s F1/Lap Info black-box will have this same indicator, and the F3/Relative black box will have a simple “DC” indicator that is colored red/yellow/green as described above.

In time-limited sessions, the total number of laps in the session is not known ahead of time. The estimated number of laps required for each driver to be considered official will be recomputed periodically during the session. You should always be mindful that these are estimates. If the race runs under caution through much of the session, and runs under green-flag conditions late in the session, the estimated number of laps required per driver could grow. Don’t wait to put a driver into the car for the final stint only to find that the number of laps they need has become larger than the number of laps remaining in the session!

Here are some examples of how the “fair share” is computed.

In a 100 lap race with a minimum of 4 drivers per team, an equal share for each team driver would be 25 laps. Each driver’s fair share would thus be 25% of 25 laps, or 7 laps (0.25 * 25 = 6.25 laps, but any fractional portion of a lap always bumps the requirement up to the next full lap). It would be unwise to create a race where the minimum number of drivers exceeds the race’s lap limit, as it would then be impossible for any team to meet the requirements!

The determination of whether your team has met the driver change rules in the session is computed against the number of laps your whole team completes in the session. For example, if in a 100 lap race with a minimum of 4 drivers your team only finishes 50 laps, the “fair share” for each of your drivers would be 50 / 4 * 0.25 = 3.125, or 4 laps. Keep this in mind when determining your strategy for the race. If you divide the driving up into the minimum number of roughly equal-length stints, and your second-to-the-last driver crashes your team out of the race, your final driver will not be able to race any laps. Since you then have had too few drivers finish a “fair share” of the race, your team will be Disqualified.

In addition to the “minimum number of drivers,” sessions have a separate “maximum number of drivers” setting. In this same example, say that a team wants 6 of its members to drive. Then for all 6 drivers to be “Official” and receive championship points, each would have to drive their fair share of the laps. An equal share of 100 laps for 6 drivers would be 100/6 = 16.67, and a fair share of that would be 0.25 * 16.67 = 4.17, “ceiling’d” to 5 laps. So once you go beyond the minimum number of different drivers in the session, the number of laps required for each driver can be smaller.

It is possible for a team to be Official for the session, even though one or more of its members who drove is not considered to be Official. Taking the prior example, say that in a 100 lap session that requires a minimum of 4 drivers, a team has 6 of its members drive. Say those drivers drove 30, 20, 20, 20, 6, and 4 laps. The driver who drove only 4 laps would not be considered Official since they didn’t drive enough laps, and they would receive 0 Championship Points for the session, while the remaining 5 team drivers would each receive the number of points the team garnered.

In official iRacing sessions with driver changes, championship points are computed per-car (team). Each team member who drove a “fair share” during the Race session will receive the full championship points given to the team.


No iRating adjustments are made in Team Driving sessions.


Incident points and distance driven are tracked separately for each driver. Each driver’s Safety Rating will be adjusted accordingly. The only way incident points incurred by one driver on a team impact the other drivers on the same team is if the session has an incident-point limit. If it does, the limit is applied to the sum of the incident points accrued by all of the team’s drivers.


When in the simulation, the [Drive] button will be displayed to all team members who are eligible to drive in the session whenever the team’s car is “available.” The car will be unavailable when one of the team members is “in” the car (driving, stopped out on circuit, or stopped in the pit stall), whenever someone has the car in the garage, if the session is over, if the team has been DQ’d.

A team member will be ineligible if their license level and/or iRating is insufficient for the session, or if the team has reached its maximum driver limit in a Race or Lone Qualify session and that member has not yet driven in the session.

It is up to the team’s members to decide who should drive the car at any given time. Pressing the [Drive] button registers your request to get into the car. If your request is the first one processed, you will be put into the car. While another team member is in the car, the [Drive] button will be disabled.

Using ESC while out on track operates mostly as before (either the car is reset to the pit stall and made “new”, or it is towed to the pit stall in its current condition), and the driver is removed from the car. Using the Car Reset control does mostly the same thing, except that the driver is left in the car. While sitting stopped in the pit stall, using ESC or Car Reset (if it is allowed to do so) will remove the driver from the car and leave the car in the pit stall. If necessary, the pit crew will turn-off the car’s motor so that it does not overheat.

A driver change can only occur while the team’s car is sitting still in the team’s pit stall. Your current driver may exit the car immediately upon coming to a stop in the pit stall, and the substitute driver may click [Drive] and get into the car right after that. But a substitute driver may not drive away until a 30-second “driver-swap” timer has expired. The “driver-swap” timer starts from the point in time when the car came to a stop in the pit stall, so there is no need to attempt to quickly get the current driver out of the car, or the substitute driver into the car. The timer will count down both while no pit service is being performed and while pit service is being performed, but it will not count down either while the car is being towed to the pit stall, or while a penalty is being served.

If new cars are available for use, a [Request New Car] button (located below the [Drive] button) can be used to remove the current car from the pit stall and replace it with a new one.

If the team’s car comes to a stop out on track, the [Drive] button for all the other team members will become a [Return To Pit] or [Tow Car] button, and any teammate can use the button to request the action (just as if the driver hit ESC or Reset). If the team’s car is at a stop in the pit stall with the driver in the car, the button will become [Remove Driver], which will pull the driver from the car (just as if the driver hit ESC or Reset). Generally, the driver should be allowed to call for the tow or exit the car on their own. The car must be stopped for at least 5 seconds before these buttons become available for the teammates to use. Their purpose is to allow the team to recover the car if their current driver becomes distracted, or walks away from their computer.

So long as it is allowed to make changes to the car in the garage, any team member may remove the driverless car from the pit stall and put it into the garage. Whether or not any changes are made to the car in the garage, the car is left off-track until the next team driver uses [Drive] to put a “new” car back on-track.



– Now you can create up to five teams to race with your friends and take turns driving the same car.

– Invite / Promote / Remove team members from the team administration section.

– Manage external member applications to your teams.

– View sessions for teams to see what they’re doing, and join them (when able).

– Make each team unique – set up custom paint schemes for each team’s cars and race suits.

– Search the directory of all teams where you can apply or join team sessions.

– View all sessions teams are active in that you are able to join.

– Manage all your team applications and invites.

– Spectate Team Driving sessions.

– Join Team Driving Official Series as your own team or join another team and help drive/spot/crew.

– Join and Host your own Hosted Sessions with your own team, or join another team and help drive/spot/crew.


– Be on the lookout for stripes on racing session windows:

· Yellow indicates team driving.
· Teal indicates multiclass.
· Black indicates a fixed-setup race.

– Re-ordered the layout of the main member-site template:

· The updater is still in the upper-left portion of the site, but is redone.
· The primary navigation is moved to the upper-right portion of the site, away from the license.

– The data refresh mechanism now remembers where you were on a page, and when you continue refreshing will take you right back to where you were to continue a seamless experience.

– A content bar on the Cars, Tracks, and Account pages show how much content you own. Can you fill the bars and join the 100% club?

– When hosting a race, you may now select as much Qualifying time as you like (previous cap was 30 minutes).

– Added additional race-length options when purchasing a Hosted session, both shorter (1 hour) and longer (9 to 25 hours). Options are now 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 14, 17, and 25 hours. The longer sessions have discounts from the usual 2 hours per $1 rate:

· 1-hour sessions are $0.50.
· 9-hour sessions are $4.00 instead of $4.50
· 14-hour sessions are $6.00 instead of $7.00
· 17-hour sessions are $7.00 instead of $8.50
· 25-hour sessions are $9.00 instead of $12.50

– Hosted sessions now allow up to 8000 laps.

– Hosted and League session admins are allowed entry into sessions regardless of iRating or license restrictions.

– Spotter passwords must now be only upper/lower-case letters and numbers (alphanumeric) – please take a moment to reset your spotter password (if you use one) to avoid potential issues with people spotting for you.

– Driver search forms now support international character input (e.g. Cyrillic).

– Registration forms now support international character input (e.g. Cyrillic).

– Fixed a glitch where buying new content then updating content would result in a broken frag page.


– View Team Driving race results broken down by Team and Team Members involved.

– New interactive Lap Graph.

– Results pages are now 100% width.

– Results pages now display certain events that occurred during the session. Drivers getting in/out of car are recorded during Qualify and Race sessions. Penalties applied/served are recorded during all session types. Caution periods are recorded during Race sessions. Lead changes are also recorded. You can highlight particular types of events, and events associated with particular teams.

– Added a new “DQ Scoring Invalidated” “reason out”, which will appear in the Results pages. This is needed so that League scoring can distinguish this type of disqualification (where your score card is ripped up), versus a normal disqualification, where your prior laps are counted but scoring is ended for you.

Driver swaps are coming! Read Steve Myer’s June 2014 blog.
This page notes assorted comments from iRacing forum by staff.
Please contact me with links to anything that should be added.
  • A thread August 2014 with some screenshots and comments.
    Tony G: You create a team if you want and invite anyone you want to join it. (We have a whole new team section on website sort of like the league section) Then if you register that team in a race, any of your teammates can join, in hosted or official series (in which we designate as a team race). You could also register your team for a race yet allow anyone to join it including outside your team. 5 people can join a session at any one time for a team. However 64 in total because people can come and go then even come back again. So say a 24 hour race you might have 24 different drivers on your team or something. Say it is a 30 car field and they all had 24 drivers than you could have 720 drivers participating in that one race!
  • Tony G post July 2014
    We have driver swaps working fine in another isolated environment with the rest of our code but Steve was talking about merging it to our main development branch and environment now that we know it works. In simple terms, we will be developing on top of this code that includes teams and driver swaps going forward so no turning back. To confirm, we would not release driver swaps/teams until next “season” build. which is late October/early November time frame.
  • Tony G post July 2014
    Yes we will have 1 hour (new), 2 hour, 4 hour, 6 hour, 9 hour (new), 13 hour (new), 18 hour(new) and 25 hour (new) choices.
  • Randy C post.
    Teams will have a paint scheme.
    Team scheme is displayed regardless of who’s driving.
    The same goes for the driver and pit crew fire suits.
    Driver’s helmet will be the driver’s helmet.
    The driver model will not be present in the car if the car is in the pit stall without a driver.
  • Randy C post, excerpt:
    Every team has its own teamID. Custom paint files for teams will use the teamID in the file name, prefixed by “team_” to prevent collisions with customerID’s.
    For example, if my “default” team had a teamID of 54321, then my team’s custom paint file name for it would be “team_54321.tga”.
    Expected to work with TP.
The following notes from this this forum thread

24hr RACES
  • p2. Ability to do 24 hr races without transitions.
  • p2. Transitions may come after DX11 (still a work progress) upgrade to avoid doing the job twice.
  • p6. Long races with single driver will be possible. (Set min number of drivers to 1).
  • p6. Realistic time required for driver swap.
  • p7. There will be a short gap when the replacement driver gets into the car, as the physics for your team’s car is transferred from your computer to their computer.
    The pit crew will “catch up” for that little bit of lost time, and then continue the pit work.
    If there are lengthy repairs, you and your teammates can all disconnect and go get some sleep.
    When you connect later, your pit crew will quickly catch-up for all the lost time.
    If there is still work to do, they will keep working, as if you had never disconnected.
    When the car is ready (enough), you can hop back in and continue racing.
    That’s the goal, anyway. This part is still a work-in-progress.
    One difference from the way Members works now is related to this.
    When you get out of the car now, the car is also removed from the track.
    Once driver-swaps are released, using ESC or Reset to get out of the car does just that – gets the driver out of the car.
    But the car is left sitting in the pit stall. Unless you (are allowed to and) ask for a new car, when you or anyone else on the team gets back into the car, you’ll be getting back into the same car. Your co-driver pranged the RF susp? You get the same pranged RF susp (unless the pit crew worked on it).
  • p7. Sharing rig in 1 location – you’d need to log out/in.
    No, sorry. Person 1 would have to pit, exit the sim, log out of the web site, and then person 2 would have to log into the web site, launch the sim, and get into the car. The pit crew will “advance” the pit stop for the time lost while nobody on the team is connected to the server. If it was going to be a long pit stop, you might finish all the shenanigans and end up no worse off. In most situations, though, you’d probably lose some time. If there’s a lot of demand for this, we can look into it
  • p7. You don’t need to completely sign out unless you and your co-driver are sharing the same computer.
    If this turns out to be a common situation, we can look into how to better handle it.
    In what we expect to be the “normal” situation, your co-drivers (crew chiefs, spotters, etc) will all be using their own accounts on their own computers.
    As it stands now, up to six of you and your teammates can all connect to the session at the same time (and over the course of the session up to around 60 of your teammates can connect).
    If the next driver to do a stint is connected, the current driver just brings the car into the pit stall, hits ESC to get out of the car, and the next driver hits the [Drive] button to get into it

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