February 8th-10th, 2019

Event Format:

Friday will feature qualifying, Saturday will feature qualifiers and duels, and Sunday will feature the 500. The updated event format is built with 300 drivers in mind.

Qualifying Day: 

Multiple servers will be set up with all drivers taking time in a 4 lap Qualifying time. The Top 2 drivers from fixed setup Qualifying will advance directly to the front row of the Podium eSports Daytona 500, and will not need to run the Duels. 3rd-10th overall will be locked-in to the Duels, but not the 500.  

The remaining drivers will be placed into one of fourteen Daytona Qualifiers (Heat Races) with 35 cars per Qualifier. Qualifiers will be run beginning Saturday at Noon.

In addition to the fixed setup qualifying, there will be a special Open Setup Qualifier:
The Open Qualifying Session is simply an opportunity for drivers to lay down the best lap they can using an Open Setup of their choice. This is entirely optional and only the fastest qualifier will be locked into the Daytona 500. The driver will be allowed to choose which Duel they want to run and will start from the pole position. Drivers who attempt a lap, but do not make the pole, will be reverted back to their fixed setup qualifying time.

This is the only session in the entire event that uses an open setup format and simply an opportunity for drivers to show off their open setup’s speed before the Official iRacing Daytona 500. All other sessions will be fixed and use the iRacing Daytona Setup.

Qualifers / Duels at Daytona Day:

Each Qualifier will be 30 laps with a 30-minute time limit attached. From there the Top 8 in each Qualifier will advance to the Duels while 9th – 20th will head to one of two Last Chance Daytona Qualifiers which will be 40 laps with a 40-minute time limit. The Top 8 from each Last Chance Daytona Qualifier will then advance to the final races on the night, the Duels at Daytona.

The Duels at Daytona will be for 60 laps and no time limit. From the Duels at Top 19 drivers not already locked into the 500 will advance to the Podium eSports Daytona 500 on Sunday. In addition, Podium eSports will add two drivers via a Podium Provisional making for a full 43 car field on Sunday.

Podium eSports Daytona 500 Day:

The day will kick off with one final warm-up session between 3:15pm EST and 3:30pm EST before pre-race ceremonies get underway. The Podium eSports Daytona 500 will go green at 4:03pm EST

Event Entry Fee: Registration is now closed

SCHEDULE

Friday, February 8th: (Open Practice and Qualifying Servers)

Event Schedule (All times EST):
6:00pm – First Practice (2 hours)
8:00pm – Fixed Qualifying Begins (4 laps / 30 minutes – Top 2 locked into 500, 3rd-10th locked into Duels, 11th on back to Qualifiers)
8:30pm – Open Setup Qualifier Practice (30 minutes)
9:00pm – Open Setup Qualifying (4 laps / 15 minutes – Only the Fastest Qualifier will be locked into the 500, but will still need to race the Duel of their choice)

Saturday, February 9th: (Daytona Qualifiers, Last Chance Daytona Qualifiers and Duels at Daytona)

11:15am – Optional Final Practice (2 hours)
1:30pm – 1st Daytona Qualifier Server Opens / Warm-up (10 minutes)
1:40pm – Drivers to the Grid / Drivers Meeting
1:43pm – Green Flag for Daytona Qualifier #1 (30 laps / 30 minutes – Top 8 advance to Duels, 9th-20th advance to Last Chance Daytona Qualifiers)

All of the Daytona Qualifiers after the 1st will launch around the time the Qualifier previous to them has gone green. Once the previous Daytona Qualifier is complete Officials and Production Staff will head to the next room and advance the session once ready. The times below are what we expect green flags to be but they are ONLY ESTIMATES. The servers following Daytona Qualifier #1 will launch 20-30 minutes prior to their green flag and it is your responsibility as a driver to see where we are regarding scheduling.

Daytona Qualifiers: (Each Daytona Qualifier will be for 30 laps / 30 minutes – Top 8 advance to Duels, 9th-20th advance to Last Chance Daytona Qualifiers)
2:15pm – Green Flag for Daytona Qualifier #2
2:50pm – Green Flag for Daytona Qualifier #3
3:25pm – Green Flag for Daytona Qualifier #4
4:00pm – Green Flag for Daytona Qualifier #5
4:35pm – Green Flag for Daytona Qualifier #6
5:10pm – Green Flag for Daytona Qualifier #7

6:00 p.m. – Last Chance Qualifier No. 1 (40 laps / 40 minutes – Top 8 from each advance to the Duels, 9th on back are eliminated)
6:45 p.m. – Last Chance Qualifier No. 2 (40 laps / 40 minutes – Top 8 from each advance to the Duels, 9th on back are eliminated)

7:50 p.m. – Duel at Daytona No. 1 (60 laps – Top 19 not already locked-in advance to the 500, all others eliminated)
9:00 p.m. – Duel at Daytona No. 2 (60 laps – Top 19 not already locked-in advance to the 500, all others eliminated)

Sunday, February 10th: (Podium eSports Daytona 500)

3:30 p.m. – Pre-Race Ceremonies / Interviews
4:00 p.m. – Podium eSports Daytona 500 (200 laps)

$7,500 Purse Payout Structure:

Position 1: $850 + Sim Rig ($500 Value) GT OMEGA – Podium will pay up to $150 of shipping costs, the winner is responsible for the rest.

Position 2: $750

Position 3: $600

Position 4: $500

Position 5: $400

Position 6: $300

Position 7: $275

Position 8: $250

Position 9: $225

Position 10: $200

Position 11: $150

Position 12: $150

Position 13: $150

Position 14: $150

Position 15: $150

Position 16: $100

Position 17: $100

Position 18: $100

Position 19: $100

Position 20: $100

Position 21: $75

Position 22: $75

Position 23: $75

Position 24: $75

Position 25: $75

Position 26: $75

Position 27: $75

Position 28: $75

Position 29: $75

Position 30: $75

Position 31: $50

Position 32: $50

Position 33: $50

Position 34: $50

Position 35: $50

Position 36: $50

Position 37: $50

Position 38: $50

Position 39: $50

Position 40: $50

Position 41: $50

Position 42: $50

Position 43: $50


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