How To Watch Your Friends On iRacing

Author Alessio Lorandi
Alessio Lorandi
January 5, 2024

Watching your friends compete or practice on iRacing can be as thrilling as participating yourself. iRacing provides a spectator mode that allows you to view live races or practice sessions in which your friends are involved. 

Understanding how to access and utilize this feature can significantly enhance your iRacing experience. This guide will walk you through the necessary steps to watch your friends on iRacing efficiently.

Step 1: Preparation

Preparation iRacingEstablish an iRacing Account

Before anything else, ensure you have an active iRacing account. You need to be a registered member of the iRacing community to access the spectator features and watch live races.

Connect with Friends

Make sure you have your friends added to your iRacing account. You can do this by searching for their profile and sending them a friend request. Once accepted, you’ll be able to easily find and watch their races.

Step 2: Accessing Spectator Mode

iRacing Accessing Spectator Mode

Find the Race

Log in to your iRacing account and navigate to the “Watch/Follow” section. Here, you can see a list of live races or sessions. 

Look for the race or session your friend is participating in. This might be easier if you know the exact event name or time they are racing.

Join as a Spectator

Once you’ve located the correct race, click on it to join. You will be given an option to join as a spectator. Select this option, and you’ll be taken to the spectator interface where you can watch the race unfold.

Step 3: Navigating the Spectator Interface

Choose Your View

iRacing’s spectator mode offers various camera angles and views. Experiment with these to find your preferred way of watching the race. You can choose from trackside cameras, cockpit views, or even aerial views.

Focus on Your Friend

To specifically watch your friend, select their car from the list of participants. You can usually find a list or use hotkeys to cycle through drivers until you find your friend. Once selected, the camera will focus on their car for the duration of the race.

Step 4: Enhancing the Experience

Utilize Additional Features

Make use of iRacing’s additional spectator features, such as live timing and scoring, to get a comprehensive view of how your friend is performing relative to the competition.


Consider using external communication tools like Discord or in-game chat to cheer on your friend or discuss the race with other spectators. This can add a social element to the experience and make it more enjoyable.

By following these steps, you can set up and enjoy watching your friends race or practice in iRacing. Whether for learning purposes, entertainment, or support, spectating races is a valuable feature that enhances the community aspect of iRacing.

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About the autor

Alessio Lorandi

Alessio has been involved at the highest levels in racing since the age of 5 (2003). He won a CIK-FIA World Championship in 2013 and then raced in F3, F2, and finally GT3s before now dedicating himself to SOLOX. He’s now on a mission to help thousands of sim racers around the world achieve their fullest potential through his ACC setups.






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