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Frequently Ask Questions

 

1. What do I have to do to start racing online?

2. I am very interested in doing this but I am fairly new..

3. How do I logon to Sierra to race with Simcar.Info?

4. Do you charge for your league and which days...

5. What are the odds of giving my friend a tryout?

6. Have you changed your policy about forced cockpit view?

7. Can I sit in and watch a live race one night?

8. Which tracks do I need to download to be ready to race all Simcar.Info tracks?

9. I was unable to get Bullrun and Cleveland installed...

10. What is the best way to let faster cars by?

11. What do you mean by 2x and 3x pit frequency?

12. How many points does a driver receive for provisional if unable to make a race?

13. Where can I find the expert setups?

14. How do I get more life from my tires?

15. Is there any way to stop the pit crew from banging on your car during pit stops...

16. Under moderate damage what stays damage and what doesn't?

17. Do you ever announce the penalties?

18. How do you feel about guys like me that drop out of a race for what ever reason...

19. I would like to submit my car, the back of the car has one of the seven dirty words.

20. Got my new connection but I can't race on line. None of the races show a ping...

21. I can't logon to Simcar.info server; it says I'm not qualified to run in this race?

22. I have painted my car and it doesn't show up when running on line, why?

23. My controls aren't working properly, what do I do?

24. I was reading the rules and saw something about auto chat messages....

25. My system is preventing me from downloading certain things...

26. Question about frame rate...

27. I would like to join a series / made a donation, do you have a Paypal account....

 

What do I have to do to start racing online?


To race you need to use Papyrus NASCAR 2003 by Sierra and the 1201 patch. After you get some practice in racing with the computer cars contact use to become a member. Start the game and go to Multiplayer, and enter the IP number given to you when you signed up or from the race info email. If you need our IP address send us an email. If you are not a Simcar.Info member send us an email asking to be included. We will send you an application to join. After we receive and approve your application we will send you the information you need to start racing with us.

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I am very interested in doing this but I am fairly new at this, could you point me in the right direction so I can learn set ups and practice with other people that will not get upset with beginners?


Most of our members will help you get you up to speed. I would suggest that you join Simcar Info, attend some of our practice races, and ask for some help. We all have to start somewhere and we remember how intimidating it can be. All we ask is that you are a clean and courteous driver, you don't have to be fast. The speed will come with practice.

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How do I logon to Sierra to race with Simcar.Info?


You don't need to logon to Sierra to race with us. Start the game and go to Multiplayer, and enter the IP number and password given to you. You can find more information on page 39 and 40 of the game manual.

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Do you charge for your league and which days and times do you race?


There is no cost to join. You must be at least 18 years old and be a clean driver. To view our practice schedule for series races check our events page. If there is a cost for a series it will be stated in the event description. We have special events and different series throughout out the year must are free some may require a small fee. You can find more information on the events page.

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What are the odds of giving my friend a tryout?  He is very clean.  Like me, he is more concerned with a good race rather than winning. 


Just have your friend send an email and ask to join. We are always looking for clean drivers that are more interested in a good race than winning.

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Have you changed your policy about forced cockpit view? I have a hard time driving from inside the car and don't want to cause others any problems.


Yes! All races are run without forced cockpit view unless otherwise noted. The only races that will be forced cockpit view will only be in selected series. At this time all races are open view or with forced cockpit view off.

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Can I sit in and watch a live race one night?


Members are welcome to join us for all practice races. If at any time you feel uncomfortable, you can park your car and watch if you like. We all were rookies at one time, and we don't care how fast you are, only that you race clean. The speed will come in with practice. You can also monitor the action with our Live Timing and Scoring

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Which tracks do I need to download to be ready to race all Simcar.Info tracks?


You should check the Events Page for the event you want to run in for the tracks you will need. You can also check the Practice Schedule for the current week for the tracks we are running that week or out Tracks page

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I was unable to get Bullrun and Cleveland installed. I canít seem to get it in the right place, yet all the others tracks are where they should be.


When you run the installs for Bullrun and Cleveland it may want to install to "C:\Program Files\NASCAR Racing 2003" use the Change button and find "C:\Papyrus\NASCAR Racing 2003 Season", click next.

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What is the best way to let faster cars by?


The best way is to send a chat to pass you low. Most guys are used to passing on the inside, with the car being passed on the out side. At first this may seem harder for the car being passed, but if you are on the outside you will carry more speed through the turns. If you go low you may have to slow it to keep from drifting up into the other driver or you could get down on the apron, and that could cause you to shoot up the track into someone. You should try practicing running the high line, at most tracks you can turn some close to normal lap times on the high side with some practice. When you get the hang of letting people pass low, you will find that you don't lose much time to them and can generally slip behind them coming out of the turn. Like anything else it just takes some practice. If being passed on the straights it is best to hold your line and let the car making the pass go around you.

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What do you mean by 2x and 3x pit frequency?


The game allows for increased tire wear and fuel usage. When we say 2x pit frequency we are saying that the game will cause 2 times the normal wear. So your tires and gas will only last half as long if the pit frequency is set to 2x pit frequency or 1/3 as long as normal for 3x pit frequency.

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How many points does a driver receive for provisional if he is unable to make a race?


You need to check the rules for the event in question. Most of the series we run we drop 1 to 4 of you worst races depending on the series. If there's nothing noted in the rules about provisional points then a driver that notifies us that they can not make a race will receive the points for one position less than the number of attendees. If we are not notified then the driver will receive the next spot. Example: If we have 10 drivers show up for a race and driver 'a' sends an email that he can't make it and driver 'b' does not send an email. Then driver 'a' will get points for 11 spot and driver 'b' receives points for the 12th spot.

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Where can I find the expert setups?


You can get the expert setups at here. Expand the zip file and you will see the expert setups for the cup, truck and trans am in an exe file. Double click on the one you what to run the install. This will add the expert setup to the tracks that came with the game and the Papyrus tracks, but not all the add-on tracks we run.

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How do I get more life from my tires?


The trick to tire wear is to go through the turns smooth and don't drive into the turns too deep. You can judge this by listening to your tires and using F4 to watch your tire temp. If your tire temp is too high you need to back off some. The more noise your tires are making the more tire wear you are causing.

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Is there any way to stop the pit crew from banging on your car during pit stops, besides keeping the car off the wall in the first place?


On pit stops you can stop them from working on your car by pressing the "F9" key and hitting the space bar. On short tracks this may be ok because the damage won't effect your speed that much, but on speedways if you don't repair the damage you may lose too much speed.

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Under moderate damage what stays damage and what doesn't? After I was involved in an accident I never could get back up to speed, even drafting!


As I understand it you can get the same type of damage from moderate as with realistic. The difference being that it is not as severe and does not take as long to repair, however you can still be damaged to the point that complete repair cannot be done.

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Do you ever announce the penalties?


No we don't announce the penalties, but in future series we will probably list them on the Web site with the race results. We didn't start the season doing it and don't think it would be fair to start mid season. We do let those who receive penalties know, and those who file a complaint.

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How do you feel about guys like me that drop out of a race for what ever reason like maybe lack patience, or frustration. I want to keep running with the gang but if you feel this spoils it for the rest please let me know.


We would rather you drop a race than to say something that shouldn't be said or for you to get so upset that you drop the series or quit running with us. We have all been there, and understand. Just remember if we are running for points it will cost you. Do what you have to to have fun; that is that we are here for!

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I would like to submit my car to the site, but on the back of the car it has one of the seven dirty words, I don't know what the rules are on profanity/nudity on the cars?


All cars must be submitted in good taste; no profanity or nudity.

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Got my new connection but I couldnít race on line. None of the races showed a ping number.


Press help; it should pop-up a box and offer to try to fix it for you. Answer yes and try it again.

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I can't logon to Simcar.info server; it says I'm not qualified to run in this race?


This is no longer a problem because we don't use Sierra anymore. 

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I have painted my car and it doesn't show up when running on line, why?


You need to selected your car from the player screen for multiplayer. From the Player screen click on multiplayer and select your car. Sometimes it won't come up right away, but will after a few minutes or when the server changes sessions. Other things that can keep it from coming up is leaving and rejoining the race with a different car or when 2 cars that try to join that have the same number.

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My controls aren't working properly, what do I do?


Make sure you calibrate your wheel and pedals from time to time. From within the game go to Options - Controls and click on Calibrate. Also from Options - Controls click on Advanced, for steering Linearity try running it at 75 - 85% this will help smooth out any problem you might have in your wheel. You may also want to check your control calibration in your Windows control panel.

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I was reading the rules and saw something about auto chat messages going into the pits. How does that work?


The auto chat messages allows you to send a chat messages with one key press. Auto chat can be setup in the "Options" menu under "Other". If you put a $ sign at the end of the line all you have to do is press a number 0 - 9 and that message will be sent. If you don't have the $ sign at the end you will have to press the number and hit return. Most wheels will allow you to sign the numbers to your wheel buttons.

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My system is preventing me from downloading certain things. It would not let me download your email with the cars, what can I do?


If you are using Outlook Express..... Go to Tools..... Options...... Security and make sure to uncheck "Do not allow attachments to be saved or open".

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Question about frame rate. I go by the book in trying to get a better rate but barely hit 25 fps, any pointers?


If you have done everything in the book i.e., turned down your graphic settings. You should also try turning down the number of sounds and make sure you don't have any background programs running. If this just started I would look for anything you might have changed first and clean up your temp files, empty your recycle bin and run defrag if you haven't.

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I would like to join a series and/or made a donation, do you have a Paypal account to send money to or anything like that? It's much easier than dealing with exchange rates from Canadian to American.


Yes, you can use PayPal and send it to pay@clemsystems.com or you can use one of donation links on the web site (bottom of the home page). If you would like to send a check just send an email and we will give you our mailing address.

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