Update... Awaiting your delivery, wheel installed (and more or less tweaked - I need to set up the latency a bit better, I'm over correcting) and I have NO setups - I couldn't find a one in my notebook, still need to search the bus-puter though, I'm hopeful I have a few there.
I ran several races in MAX resolution and 32 bit mode - I'm topping 50 frames a second with this duel-core hyerthreader, but MAN does it cause the fans to run - lol. Accidents and lighting never looked so good and I enjoy the game as much as the first day I bought it!!!!
I wanted to share the basics of my screen - It doesn't matter which way you set yours up, but after many hundreds of hours, I find this works perfect for me.
I use the view where you look see JUST the hood (not the cockpit view - that is very tough to race) but the inside view showing just a horizontal view of the hood. And I NEVER use the BUMPER CAM - as cool as it looks, it is hard to race with - great for play back though
I have the tach and other temp and pressure controls floating just below that hood.
I keep the speed/gear window open in the lower left.
I keep the car position window open lower right.
Finally, I have the mirror in unrestricted view (no roll-bars blocking the view)
With the settings above (I'll add the keystrokes to bring these all features up later) I have full screen view of the track, all my gauges right there, and unrestricted mirror - I also jack up as many cars forward and behind as possible, but the car position status screen is a GREAT TOOL once you get use to looking at it and learn the color coding and time info, you really find it invaluable.
Just like having Darrell Waltrip as your spotter/pit-boss offers so much feedback, you are really prepared for any race.
So, just sharing what I think makes this version of the racing so important and having that much data right there all the time makes racing a matter of handling the car and lastly, getting the important f-keys (where ever you put them) for tires, wedge, tape and fuel setup and remembered helps you RACE and not search for keys.
In my case, my wheel takes up MOST of my keyboard stand, I just have the actual keyboard off to the side for messaging and pit instructing. But basically, I'm all wheel on my desk.
This 20 inch monitor (from Starlogic) I got for Christmas is PERFECT - the only thing I'd ever want better than this is a 52 inch LCD or Plasma screen some day - I'll be one of those guys BUILDS a racing Car Cockpit in his living room with wrap around sound - lol.
Hope to hear from you soon - I have 3 versions of my car I made up today - I have a really nice red one with my AVATAR here in the forum on the ROOF - you can only see it with the CHASE and HELICOPTER cams.