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Earl Barban Spotter Pack for CrewChief
EB Spotter Pack v1.00 (exe)
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Site last updated: 6/4/24

What is this thing?

The JJ Spotter Pack is a spotter/crew chief alternative for iRacing. Its goal is to significantly heighten the immersion factor of simracing by replacing the default in-sim spotter/crew chief with authentic audio from crew chief Chad Knaus and spotter Earl Barban. Even though the dialog came from stock car oval racing, the pack is purposely designed (as best I could) to be used for any vehicle in any series. Although it sounds a little funny to be told to clean your tires in a dirt race, but... let's just ignore that minor detail. With over 5,400 samples in the pack, no two races will ever sound the same in the history of history.

There are 2 flavors of the JJSP: The Standard Pack, and the Cuss Pack. The Standard Pack is PG-13'ish, and won't play anything that you wouldn't hear on network television on a Friday night. The Cuss Pack contains the same content as the Standard Pack, but also includes profanity. It's not overboard, but it's enough to make it colorful.

Installation instructions are detailed further down the page....

Project History For Anyone Curious

The JJ Pack was first brought to life on March 13th, 2003 for NASCAR Racing 2003 Season by Papyrus. After 3 years and 21 updated versions, it reluctantly became a "finished product" for NR03.

A couple years later when iRacing opened shop, the JJ pack began its migration. It started as a simple port job from NR03, but it has changed a lot since then, including a whole spotter replacement from Chris Osborne to Earl Barban in version 5.00. Work continues on further expanding the pack in iRacing, unless otherwise stated. My goal is to have so many clips that it breaks the sim.


Please do not re-post the files from my work on another site, or use them in another project for this sim or any other sim: The usual and reasonable wishes from any artist or creator of things.

JJ Spotter Pack for NASCAR Racing 2003 Season

If you still race NR03 and want the old JJSP for that, I've moved all the NR03 stuff to its own ancient page. Click here to go there.

Latest News


v7.60 Now LIVE

What I would like to start doing is releasing updates when iRacing releases builds. So here it is. 126 new sound clips in this one, bringing the total up to 5,455. It's still not enough to break the sim, so I'll keep trying.

Change log? Besides adding depth, I rearranged a number of things to better fit situations or provide better clarity. For example, when getting wheel damage, the guys usually would just say something generic about damage. Now they will ask you how the car feels in relation to the steering. That's realistic because they can't see it, so they're asking the driver. And that's your que that you have wheel damage.

I've put the spotter packs exclusively onto the Google Drive for download. I don't feel like buying a cert for this site just for a file download, and browsers are throwing security warnings because it's not an HTTPS. So it's probably for the best.

This version also is only provided in ZIP format. The installer was acting a little wonky, and commonly dropping the files in the wrong place, so I'm going to shelve it for the time being.

To "install" the ZIP version;

1) Locate the spotter packs folder in your core iRacing folder tree. Usually at c:\program files(x86)\iracing\sound\spcc

2) Open the downloaded JJSP ZIP file, and copy/paste the "JJ Spotter Pack" folder within, into that SPCC folder.

3) It should now be listed in the Voicepack dropdown in the sim. Select it and restart sim.

As usual, the pack comes in Standard and Cuss Pack flavors. To make things easier on me, all the files are in both packs. But fear not, those of you with children around, the Standard pack will not trigger any of the Cuss Pack clips.

Earl Barban spotter pack for CrewChief

I have ported over all the Earl spotting sound from the JJSP into CrewChief. To use it, obviously install the CrewChief app if you haven't already. Then just run the EBSP installer and it should drop the "spotter_Earl" folder where it needs to go, which is in with the other stock CrewChief spotter folders. Or you can grab the .zip file, and manually extract it there yourself. I believe it goes to: \(user)\AppData\Local\CrewChiefV4\sounds\voice

When you open the CrewChief app, you should then be able to select Earl from the list of available spotters. His volume seems a little low to me, compared to the Crew Chief, so I would suggest going into the app Properties, and bumping the "Spotter Volume Boost" to 2. The setting is all the way at the bottom.

Once in the sim, I lower the sim spotter volume to 0 with the hot keys, and all I hear is what CrewChief provides. That seems like the easiest way.

Installation Instructions

Earl Barban Spotter Pack for CrewChief

-- Earl Barban Spotter Pack v1.00 (exe) : Self-installing .exe file. It should create and extract all the sound files to the user's default CrewChief file location.

-- Earl Barban Spotter Pack v1.00 (zip) : Just the zipped up sound files. You'll have to extract the zip manually to the correct folder location. Should be: \(user)\AppData\Local\CrewChiefV4\sounds\voice

* If using the exe installer... run it, and it should drop the "spotter_Earl" folder in with the stock CrewChief voice folders.

* In CrewChief, select Earl from the list of avilable spotters.

* Recommended: Go into the CrewChief app properties, and increase the "Spotter Volume Boost" setting to 2

JJ Spotter Pack for iRacing

* NOTE- You are not required to uninstall any previous versions of the JJSP for the new one to work. Just make sure to select the new version in the sim after you install it.

* Download your flavor of choice from the Google Drive. Either the Standard pack or the Cuss pack. You only need 1 of them.

Install Instructions...

1) Locate the spotter packs folder in your core iRacing folder tree. By default at c:\program files(x86)\iracing\sound\spcc

2) Open the downloaded JJSP ZIP file, and copy/paste the "JJ Spotter Pack" folder within, into that SPCC folder.

3) It should now be listed in the Voicepack dropdown in the sim. Select it and restart sim.

* When all is well, things should look something like this;

* If you don't see it listed in the sim, 9 times out of 10 it's because the JJ spotter folder was dropped into the wrong place. Reference the picture above, that's where it should go. The voicepacks listed in the sim come right from the folder names in that \\spcc folder.

Lap Times

If you didn't know, you can customize the format that lap times are given to you. The default is the full time, down to the thousandth of a second. [MM:SS.XXX] I personally go with an abbreviated format [SS.XX] to replicate how Chad gave times. However way you prefer, this can be customized in the app.ini file. Look for the [SPCC] tag toward the bottom. Below is what mine looks like.

You can also turn off/on some other things that the spotter says as well. Class leader lap times, damage calls, gap intervals, when other cars are pitting, etc.