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CART Racing

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CART Racing (short for Championship Auto Racing Teams) is a re-release of IndyCar Racing II, with Windows 95 Rendition 3D acceleration support, and slipstreamed with some patches. The game simulates open-wheel races with realistic physics, an official license, and extensive garage and setup options. There is multiplayer support for two players in total.

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Trivia

OEM versions

This game had some trouble finding an audience. The Rendition 3D graphics were the most important selling point, but the game had been bundled with The Screamin 3D, Intense 3D, Total 3D, and Magic Video 3D cards, so the owners of the 3D Blaster PC were the only ones not to have this version already, while most racing fans already had the original game, IndyCar Racing II.

Title change

Even though the game was re-released only one year and a half after the original one, the name had to be changed due to a dispute. Indianapolis Motor Speedway president Tony George sought more control over the sport and announced in March 1994 the formation of the Indy Racing League, reserving most of the spots in the Indianapolis 500 for his American-based overall series. He said his goals were to lower costs and develop more appeal for American-based sponsors and fans. In reaction, the team owners who controlled CART objected, announcing a boycott of the 1996 Indianapolis 500. CART held the U.S. 500 to compete with Indy, and that way a wedge was driven between the fans.

To comply with the license, the title became CART Racing.

Awards

  • Computer Gaming World
    • March 1998 (Issue #164) – Sports Game of the Year (together with Baseball Mogul)

Contributed to by William Shawn McDonie (1152)