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IROC - International Race of Champions (1974-2006)

IROC - International Race of Champions (1974-2006)

IROC, the International Race of Champions was a concept of Les Richter, Roger Penske and Mike Phelps in 1973. The idea was an auto racing competition, featuring identically-prepared stock cars set up by a single team of mechanics, in an effort to make the race purely a test of driver ability.

It was run with a small field of invited drivers (6-12) from all the major racing series including NASCAR, SCCA, FIA and USAC. Over the years CART and the IRL drivers, among others also participated.

The cars used in the first year were Porsche Carrera RSRs. Over the years the cars have included the Chevrolet Camaro (1975-89), Dodge Daytona (1990-93), Dodge Avenger (1994-95) and the Pontiac Trans Am (1996-2006). The series was not run in 1981, 1982, 1983 or 2007.

In 2007, IROC could not find a sponsor and closed down operations after almost 30 years of competition.

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IROC - International Race of Champions Year by Year

IROC - International Race of Champions Year by Year

To see a list of race winners and race results for the IROC Series, select a year from the listing below.

Year
Champion
XXX    (2006)
Tony Stewart
XXIX    (2005) Mark Martin
XXVIII    (2004) Matt Kenseth
XXVII    (2003) Kurt Busch
XXVI    (2002) Kevin Harvick
XXV    (2001) Bobby Labonte
XXIV    (2000) Dale Earnhardt
XXIII    (1999) Dale Earnhardt
XXII    (1998) Mark Martin
XXI    (1997) Mark Martin
XX    (1996) Mark Martin
XIX    (1995) Dale Earnhardt
XVIII    (1994) Mark Martin
XVII    (1993) Davey Allison
XVI    (1992) Ricky Rudd
XV    (1991) Rusty Wallace
XIV    (1990) Dale Earnhardt
XIII    (1989) Terry Labonte
XII    (1988) Al Unser, Jr.
XI    (1987) Geoffrey Bodine
X    (1986) Al Unser, Jr.
IX    (1985) Harry Gant
VIII    (1984) Cale Yarborough
VII    (1980) Bobby Allison
VI    (1979) Mario Andretti
V    (1978) Al Unser
IV    (1977) A.J. Foyt
III    (1976) A.J. Foyt
II    (1975) Bobby Unser
I    (1974) Mark Donohue

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IROC - International Race of Champions Sponsors

IROC - International Race of Champions Sponsors

Crown Royal - 2004-2006

True Value - 1999-2003

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IROC - International Race of Champions Organization

IROC - International Race of Champions Organization

Prior to its disbanding and auction of its assets, the IROC organization was:

International Race of Champions, Inc.
45 Park Road Tinton Falls, NJ, 07724
Les Richter, Chairman of the Board
Jay Signore, President and GM
David S. Atlas, Board Member
Walter P. Czarnecki, Board Member

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IROC - International Race of Champions - Rules

IROC - International Race of Champions - Series Rules (from IROC website)

Series Rules:

The International Race of Champions is a series of four races designed to produce a winner determined solely on driver skill. As far as humanly possible, the many mechanical variables normally associated with the sport of auto racing have been eliminated. Drivers are not allowed to make changes or adjustments to the suspension, handling or any other parts of the IROC race cars, except for pedal and steering wheel adjustments, seat position and safety belts. A specially fitted seat is provided for each driver and that seat move from car to car with him.

DRIVER SELECTION
Drivers are selected and invited to compete in the International Race of Champions by the IROC organizers. Drivers who have won major championships or major races at major tracks are given primary consideration by IROC.

CAR ASSIGNMENTS
At each of the four events the cars will be assigned by a blind draw. Once cars are assigned, colors and numbers will be applied.

STARTING POSITIONS
There are no qualifying sessions or time trials in IROC. At the first race, drivers draw for their starting positions. For race two will line up in the reverse order of the race one finish. Race three and race four will line up by inverting the point standings.

CAR NUMBERS AND COLORS
The car numbers and colors, when possible, will simulate the main color and number from the driver’s native series team car, or a color, and or number, that is significant to the drivers career.

RACE FORMAT COMPETITION YELLOW SCHEDULED PIT STOP
The length of each of the four events is typically 100- miles in distance. This holds for all race tracks that are 1.5 miles in length or larger, up to 2.5 miles. Race officials will determine the distance for events held at other sized venues.A competition Yellow will be built in to each of the four events for the purpose of heightening the level of competition. The precise lap at which the yellow will be displayed shall be determined during the week of the event and announced to the drivers before the start of the race.

Bonus points of 3-2-1 respectively, will be awarded to the drivers in the first three positions at the competition yellow. At the Competition Yellow, the pits will be closed and the field will align according to the first segment finish. Starting with the leader each driver, in order of finish, will have lane choice and one-by-one will realign in double-file rows for the restart.If the race is under caution at the elapsed time of the competition yellow, instructions will be communicated by race control as to the rescheduled lap for the competition yellow. If the race includes a routine pit stop, this will be performed at the time of the competition yellow. You will be given specific instructions during the driver meeting.

UNSCHEDULED PIT STOPS
Barring any scheduled pit stops in IROC events, if a driver must stop at the pits for any reason, a crew of IROC mechanics will service his car.Under normal circumstances, a driver who pits under the green flag receives no penalty, except for the time lost on the track. A driver who pits under a yellow caution flag, however, is subject to a one-lap penalty, as assessed by the IROC organizers.

YELLOW FLAG LAPS
Under normal circumstances, yellow-flag caution laps do not count in IROC competition. If the yellow flag is waved, we revert back to the last completed lap for the restart line-up. If the restart occurs on the last lap, the white/green flag will be displayed and it will be a one-lap shootout.

SERIES CHAMPION
The IROC champion is the driver (or driver team for road racers) who has earned the most points in the four races.

TIEBREAKER RULE
In the event that two or more drivers are tied for bonus points, the bonus points will be awarded according to the finishing positions of the race.In the event that two or more drivers are tied at the finish line, the points for finishing positions will be added together and divided among the tying drivers.In the event that two or more drivers are tied in points at the end of the series, the tie will be broken by the driver who finished highest, on average, over all four races.


POINTS: Drivers earn points in all four IROC events, as follows:

Finishing Position 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Points Earned 21 17 14 12 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3


BONUS POINTS Competition Yellow/Scheduled Routine Pit Stop

3 bonus points are awarded to the driver who is leading at the competition yellow.
2 bonus points are awarded to the driver who is second at the competition yellow.
1 bonus point is awarded to the driver who is third at the competition yellow.

If the race is under caution at the time of the scheduled competition yellow, the bonus points above will be awarded at the completion of the fifth (5th) consecutive lap of green flag racing after the restart. This ruling allows the drivers to be under racing conditions at the time the bonus points are awarded.

BONUS POINTS - Overall laps led

5 bonus points are awarded to the driver who leads the most laps.
3 bonus points are awarded to the driver who leads the second most laps.
2 bonus points are awarded to the driver who leads the third most laps.

PURSE DISTRIBUTION

A total of $1,888,000.00 to be distributed at the conclusion of the series bases on point standings as follows:

Finishing Position Money Earned
1 $1,000,000
2 $80,000
3 $80,000
4 $80,000
5 $80,000
6 $80,000
7 $80,000
8 $80,000
9 $80,000
10 $80,000
11 $80,000
12 $80,000


SANCTION: All races have full international status and were sanctioned by NASCAR.