"I'm delighted that we can this evening announce a brand new series starting in 2017," Downton began. "Steak & Shake IndyVirtual Series will be an alternative at the top level for those drivers capable enough but unable to break into Formula Virtual for whatever reason."
"It will be run in the same way as the many junior series' we currently have although I stress it is not another junior series, that area is very much already at full capacity. It will be based on the format used by IndyCar, however there are vastly more races outside of the United States."
"We invite all interested parties to join us however please note spaces will be limited in the event of huge interest. American Engineering, Formation Competition and Signature Performance have signed up initially with three, two and four cars respectively, while the remainder of the teams I intend to be run by managers. Please note however we will not accept any entries that bear any resemble in name or likewise to Formula Virtual teams, all entrants must be totally separate, although Formula Virtual managers may enter."
"Each team will be required to link up with a manufacturer who will build the car and engine, but all setup work will be in the hands of the team. Three manufacturers are supplying the series: Chevrolet, Jaguar and Toyota and each will have different strengths. The Chevrolet chassis is best on Ovals, Toyota best on Street courses, and Jaguar best on Road courses - of which there are an equal number of each on the calendar."
"If teams wish to express an interest I request they send me a private message via F1 Fanatic - no other forms of entry will be accepted. This message should include your intention to join the series with a team name and nationality, manufacturer choice, and a hopeful number of cars ranging from 1 to 4. This will not be definite however, so don't be surprised if the number allocated is not the number chosen."
"We will also feature an 'IndyVirtual Triple Crown' - three races that are double distance and worth double points, for which additional entries will be allocated, however details on these will come closer to the time. Please find below the proposed 2017 calendar and I hope to see many of your applications in my inbox."
2017 IndyVirtual Calendar
Races marked with a * are part of the 'triple crown'
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