NASCAR Racing 2 was the long-awaited sequel to the original NASCAR Racing. The sim was based on the prequel, with some improvements.
It featured better graphics, Rendition support (back then one of the best 3D graphics boards available), and wheelspin. Wheelspin? Yes, wheelspin. NASCAR Racing one did not allow you to spin your wheels. By including wheelspin in NASCAR Racing 2, you were able to get out of your pit stall even if it was crowded in the pits.
Most important about NASCAR Racing 2, however, was that it would be well-prepared for multiplayer racing and allowed the online NASCAR racing scene to develop even further.
BELLEVUE, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 2, 1996--Sierra On-Line Inc., the marketshare leader of the PC entertainment industry, today announced the release of NASCAR Racing 2, which was created by Sierra's award-winning development division, Papyrus. As with all simulations developed by Papyrus, NASCAR Racing 2, which is based on the 1996 NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing season, offers attention to detail, a focus on realism, and an authentic driving experience with realistic physics. The product recreates the racing world both visually and audibly with a new interface, substantially faster SVGA graphics, and increased use of sound effects. Additional new features include an arcade mode and spotter/crew chief audio. Help features, such as braking, shifting, and steering assistance, are available to the novice racer. Sixteen tracks are recreated with actual cars, drivers, sponsors, and track-side scenery and billboards. "We are excited to offer these new features in addition to making the product more accessible to new users by adding an arcade mode, and new user interface," explained Adam Levesque, producer and designer of both the original title and the upcoming sequel. "In addition, the development team is focused on the entire NASCAR racing experience and has worked with NASCAR's competition officials in every aspect of the design. We want to bring the overall excitement and thrill of the sport to the fan." "NASCAR fans will be very pleased with the new authentic features found in NASCAR Racing 2. The new arcade mode is great because it allows a first time user to quickly experience driving in a NASCAR race," said Brian France, NASCAR's vice president for marketing and corporate communications. "Thousands of new fans are being introduced to NASCAR through this computer simulation and this has a very positive effect on the entire sport, as these computer racing competitors turn into core NASCAR fans." In addition to two player and direct modem play, the product includes a network feature that allows up to eight players to race against each other over a LAN. Players will experience racing at a whole new height when racing against real people, as opposed to computer aided cars. NASCAR Racing 2 is available now on IBM PC CD-ROM at computer stores everywhere or by calling Sierra direct at 800/757-7707. Estimated retail price is $54.95. Other NASCAR racing products releasing this fall by Papyrus are NASCAR Racing for Mac and NASCAR Racing for the PlayStation. Sierra On-Line is one of the original developers and largest worldwide publishers of interactive entertainment, productivity and educational software. The company recently merged with CUC Int'l, a technology-driven, membership-services company that provides access to travel, shopping, auto, dining, home improvement, financial and other services to 62.5 million consumers worldwide. The company's common stock is traded on the NYSE under the symbol CU. Sierra's corporate headquarters are located in Bellevue. Incorporated in 1948, NASCAR is the most competitive form of motorsports in the world. Close, side-by-side competition is the foundation for NASCAR-style racing as it strives to continue to make stock car racing in the United States highly competitive, affordable, and entertaining at approximately 2,000 events in 12 racing divisions at more than 100 tracks throughout the United States each year. In 1995, more than 10 million people attended NASCAR events around the country, and an additional 120 million people watched NASCAR events on television. -0- Sierra press releases are available on the Internet, via the Sierra Web at http://www.sierra.com; or receive facsimiles of recent Sierra product press release and financial disclosures via Sierra's News-On-Demand at 800/853-7788. NASCAR Racing, NASCAR Racing 2 and NASCAR Racing for Mac are officially licensed by NASCAR. PlayStation is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.