By Team SimRacingWorld
17 May 2003
Its not just driving - its blisteringly fast, nerve-shatteringly intense, pure professional racing and unlike any motorsport video game before. This is IndyCar Series, the official video game of the gruelling US open-wheel championship, due in June 2003 for PlayStation 2, Xbox and PC from Codemasters.
Set to be the most accessible, exciting and entertaining open-wheel racing game yet designed, IndyCar Series features adrenaline-fuelled, ultra-close pack racing, with up to 33 cars racing on track, and requires total focus to handle the incredible overtaking manoeuvres at speeds faster than 220mph.
IndyCar Series delivers a full racing season, including the Indianapolis 500 (Indy 500) race, "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing." The season is an open-wheel championship on short ovals and superspeedways throughout the US, including California Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway, with the Indy 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as the highlight of its racing calendar. IndyCar Series cars are similar to F1 but are powered by 3.5-litre V8 engines, used by all teams. Fast and furious, the 650 bhp cars reach 0-100 mph in less than three seconds.
As a game, IndyCar Series provides immediate high-paced action, authentic yet intuitive handling, spectacular collisions and a dynamically adjusted level of difficulty to keep the challenges on the circuits coming thick and fast.
To succeed in this intense motorsport, its all about racing using real IndyCar Series tactics, making for a fresh racing game challenge... Continuously overtake, defend your position, perform close manoeuvres (often within a hairs width) at high speeds, use drafting to overtake, maximise your grip in the groove and switch fuel settings to maximise either speed or economy.
Codemasters IndyCar Series is the only game to feature the official cars, tracks, teams and drivers, including Sam Hornish Jr, Helio Castroneves and Sarah Fisher. 14 tracks, 29 cars and 15 action-packed races all in US TV-style presentation. A fully authentic Indy 500 mode features the spectacle and excitement of the most attended single-day sporting event in the world. Make it through Pole Day and Bump Day qualifying to compete as one of the drivers and race 500 miles on the world-famous Brickyard circuit.
Brilliant detailing makes it a hugely realistic racing challenge, with all the IndyCar Series rules. The accurate in-game recreations of the racing speedways even include fully animated pit crews, clean-up crews and vehicles.
IndyCar Series comes complete with a Masterclass game mode where renowned Indy racing driver Eddie Cheever Jr. takes players through essential skills theyll need to become a champion.
As players build their IndyCar Series racing skills and begin winning races, new challenges to fulfil career goals can be taken in the games "Trading Card Album" mode. Achieve racing goals and win collectable IndyCar Series cards - some with bonuses. Collect all the bonus items and the game opens up even further, enabling players to create their own driver and team, new liveries, and unlock bonus Indy documentaries.
With its incredible high speeds, dangerous, close-pack racing, skilful on-track manoeuvres and challenging drivers, the sport of IndyCar Series racing makes for the perfect open-wheel racing game. Capturing the championships sense of spectacle, IndyCar Series will debut in June 2003 for PlayStation 2, Xbox and PC. For updates on the game, see the dedicated microsite at www.codemasters.com/indycarseries.