NASCAR Racing 2003 Season

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NASCAR Racing 2003 Season
NASCAR Racing 2003 Season boxart.jpg
Cover art featuring the cars of Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick
Developer(s)Papyrus Design Group
Publisher(s)Sierra Entertainment
Platform(s)Windows, Mac
  • NA: February 12, 2003[1]
  • EU: February 21, 2003
Genre(s)Sim racing
Mode(s)Singleplayer, Multiplayer

NASCAR Racing 2003 Season, or NR2003 for short, is a computer racing simulator released in February 2003 by Papyrus Design Group for Windows and Mac OS X. The game was the last to be released by the company before EA Sports bought the NASCAR license exclusively from 2004 to 2009 (parent company Sierra's successor company, Activision Blizzard, reacquired NASCAR rights in 2011, with NASCAR The Game: 2011). The game included all of the 2003 NASCAR season tracks and many of the drivers.


NASCAR Racing 2003 Season contains 40 Winston Cup teams that were anticipated to run throughout the season, with the exception of the cars from Chip Ganassi Racing, as well as 23 Winston Cup series tracks, putting the player behind the wheel of a NASCAR stock car. Players are able to choose between testing sessions, offline single racing, championship, and multiplayer options as well as car setup choices, adding to the realism of the sim.


At the end of March 2004, NR2003 was pulled from shelves when Electronic Arts acquired the exclusive NASCAR rights. In May 2004, Papyrus was shut down, and David Kaemmer bought the source code and assets a couple months later for his company FIRST, LLC where it became the base code for iRacing.[2][3]


The game received "generally favorable reviews", according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[4]

According to Edge, the game sold at least 100,000 copies in the United States, but was beaten by NASCAR Racing 4's 260,000 sales in the region.[14] Total US sales of NASCAR Racing computer games released in the 2000s reached 900,000 copies by August 2006.[14]

The game won PC Gamer US's 2003 "Best Racing Game" award. The magazine's Andy Mahood wrote that it "established a daunting new standard for PC racing simulations that may take years to eclipse."[15]

Even long after the game's release in the early 2000s, the game is still referenced quite a bit in NASCAR popular culture, most notably on YouTube, where dozens of creators have used NR2003 as a big part of their channels. It is still widely considered one of, if not the best NASCAR related video game to this day. [16]


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  12. ^ Mahood, Andy (April 2003). "NASCAR Racing: 2003 Season". PC Gamer. Vol. 10 no. 4. Imagine Media. p. 94. Archived from the original on March 15, 2006. Retrieved April 16, 2020.
  13. ^ Jackson, Jonah (February 21, 2003). "'NASCAR Racing 2003 Season' (PC) Review". X-Play. TechTV. Archived from the original on February 21, 2003. Retrieved April 17, 2020.
  14. ^ a b Edge staff (August 25, 2006). "The Top 100 PC Games of the 21st Century (Page 3)". Edge. Future plc. Archived from the original on October 19, 2012. Retrieved April 16, 2020.
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