Personally, I suggest you use ChatZilla with XULRunner for your IRC client. This combination means that ChatZilla will run outside Firefox. When you restart your browser, ChatZilla will be unaffected. ChatZilla can also change its appearance with what are called motifs.
Now if you want to run CZ as part of any Gecko-powered browser (including SeaMonkey, Flock, Firefox, and more; but not Camino), you can install the extension
. Those that would prefer the XUL Runner version, should go here
and follow the instructions. It is a bit more work for now, but is worth it.
Next, the IRC links. You have two choices. If you chose to use ChatZilla for IRC, use this link: irc://freenode/##automotive-racing
. Otherwise, use this link: irc://freenode
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