Apparently not every race track that iRacing starts on gets finished. As a professional IT person in a small business, I can tell you that any number of things can derail a project before it can be completed. In the case of partially completed race track projects, it seems as if they have a few that were pretty far down the path of being completed, but for some reason decided that they weren't worth the effort to finish. The problem is that people were expecting them and still want them, even if they aren't feature complete.
iRacing has announced that they will release these tracks for a nominal sum (currently $5.00) for private use. The first (and thus far, only) example is Long Beach, a temporary road circuit that hosts a number of different race classes annually, chief amongst them being Indycar.
I bought the Long Beach track to get a feel for what kind of vaue they are. The track surface itself is fully laser-mapped and rendered, but the surrounding scenery is all wireframe. Given the concentration required to drive the track withtout hitting any of the many concrete side barriers, I hardly noticed the lack of scenery. And considering that I strive to become proficient at the iRacing tracks because it makes watching actual racing on the tracks far more interesting, I don't really miss not being able to enter online races. For a mere $5, I think it is a good value.
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