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NASCAR Racing 2003 Season

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NASCAR Racing 2003 Season

Developer: Papyrus Design Group
Publisher: Sierra Entertainment
Platform: Windows
Released in US: February 15, 2003


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NASCAR Racing 2003 Season, or NR2003 for short, was a 2003 auto racing simulation released by Papyrus Design Group. It is widely regarded by many fans as the greatest NASCAR game of all time. Unfortunately, this would be the final game Papyrus would release after EA Sports bought out an exclusive NASCAR license that lasted from 2004-2009. However, the game still lives on with different cars and tracks being developed by a great modding community, as well as some of its source code being used for iRacing.

Unused Audio

In the sound data for the spotter, there exists several lines that can't normally be heard in-game.

Unheard Insults

Firstly, there are unheard insults to the player. These were left over from the game's predecessors and would normally play if you collided with the pace car. Since the pace car cannot be collided with, these lines go unused.


"Now I know why you got canned by your old team..."

"Phew! I can smell that brain fart from here!"

"That move will put you in the hall of shame!"

"I guess you really are as dumb as you look!"

"You keep doing stuff like that, and we're gonna lose our sponsor!"

"*sighs* Now that was a stupid thing to do..."

"Hey, are you trying to get us DQ'ed or what?"

"Congratulations! You've just set the sport back 30 years with that move!"

"Forget about the racecar! I bet you've couldn't even drive a nail!"

"Hey, in case you didn't know, you're not supposed to do that..."

"You know what? I think this air wrench is smarter than you!"

"What are you doing out there? What a dipstick move!"

"Excuse me, but don't you think it's time to take off the blindfold?"

"Hey, just between you and me, the idea is to AVOID the other cars..."

"You're not the sharpest knife in the drawer, are ya?"


Unused Green & White Checkered Line

Secondly, there is an unused line of the spotter telling the player to prepare for a green-white-checkered finish. This was originally believed to be linked to a 2004 Cup Series expansion, since that season was the first season NASCAR used the Green-White-Checkered rule in the top division, but there was no evidence supporting that theory. However, Papyrus did have a Craftsman Truck Series expansion pack planned (they had done so for NASCAR Racing 3, as well as a standalone game), before EA bought out the exclusive NASCAR videogame license, forcing the pack to be turned into a third-party mod. The Craftsman Truck Series had the Green-White-Checkered rule in place since 1995, implying that this line could be a remnant from the expansion pack's development.


(Source: CrazyAnthonyOOF)

Oddities

The textures for Chicagoland Speedway's on-track Victory Lane, curiously enough, has an uncensored NASCAR Winston Cup Series logo on them.

(Source: @KensethFan17_20)