What have I been up to in sim racing?

^^ This.

So basically since the pandemic started, I’ve been heavily involved in sim racing. First, because for a while the outdoor race tracks hadn’t been open. Second, because I needed a change of pace. Third, because I’ve got some other stuff going on that I’ll talk about in a later post.

So, after getting a PC and getting some basic equipment, I started looking for leagues. I’m a big advocate for league racing, because when you find a good league, you’ll find a community of people who are interested in being competitive, and most importantly helping other people.

I stumbled onto the SimRacing604 league, honestly through one of my advocacy projects, Driven by Diversity. I had known about Mike/SimRacing604 through his videos on Youtube (check out his videos, as they are great), and he told me that he was starting an Assetto Corsa Competizione North American league. ACC is very popular over in Europe, and has connections with SRO/GT racing, but there haven’t been very many strong leagues in North America.

I figured I’d give it a spin, and found a really nice community of people. Also, I’ve found some great racing. It’s nice to be able to jump into a race of 40+ drivers, and know that there are good driving standards, and good racing on a regular basis.

After doing two seasons of league racing, the community has grown to over 1200 people, which is awesome to see. I volunteered to be one of the community coaches, helping out new drivers who are just getting into sim racing, find their feed on the the track. (Offering advice on how to practice, basic race craft, how to look at data, etc.)

Links to do stuff.

If you’re ready to try some online racing, start by joining the SimRacing604 Simracing.gp community.

There is an intake form that you can fill out, and the admins will provide you a SimRacing.gp invite within 48 hours. https://forms.gle/tv2fqk6Hh1cZ1FiUA

Whether you join the race series or not, come hang out with the over 1,200 likeminded sim racing folks in our Discord. This is where you’ll find more info about coaching, signing up for one-off races, race series, sim hardware, and more. Join here: https://discord.gg/K2nw6eysARS

What is Project D about?

Accept the things you cannot change. Have the courage to change the things you can. Have the wisdom to know the difference.”

Writing about why I’m doing these things, in as few words as possible,  is always the hardest part for me. The last few years, I’ve been trying to create platforms to help people be more accessible in motorsports. For the last ten years, I’ve written articles, then I helped build a platform for grassroots karting. I’ve also done some consultative work on the side of my 9 to 5 day job.

However, during the first 2020 lockdown, the world changed.  I needed to start to work in a space that’s more virtual, more accessible and more fun.

So, I decided to create an esports team. Honestly, it’s probably a little overdue.

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(Shifter kart vs Brazilian Stock Cars) – People keep forgetting about how fast racing karts really are…

…and that you can actually get one of these things, as a regular person! The shifter kart, not the Brazilian Stock Car.

(Again, this is another video that doesn’t have subtitles, but the point still stands.)

Five or so years ago, I found a video about where Rubens Barrichello shows how much faster a shifter kart is than a production car in the dry.

Funny enough, I found myself in a side thread with someone who didn’t want to admit how fast racing karts can be…

Now, I’ve found a video that shows how fast a shifter kart can be compared to a race car in the wet. (In my opinion, Race karts rarely get the respect they deserve with how fast they really are.)

Shifter kart- 1:11.923

Brazilian Stock Car: 1:24.818

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Three anime that get me psyched to go racing

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As follower of my blog know, I love racing. I get inspired by many so many elements of motorsport. However, one of my hidden secrets is my love of racing animes and mangas.

There something about how them that make me just want to get into my kart and hit the track. So, since I was in the middle of binge watching through some right now, I wanted to share three of my favorite anime that inspire me to go racing.  So let’s get started with a classic… Continue reading

Documentary of Porsche 919 in LeMans – 2015

I’m liking that we’re entering an era of automotive technology development, where hybrid power is being focused as much towards performance as it is towards gas mileage.

The Mclaren P1, LaFerrari and Porsche 919 are just a few examples off the top of my head where manufactures are embracing hybrid technology towards the aim of greater performance. This documentary is of the development of the Porsche 919, heading towards it’s 2015 LeMans win.

These are just one of those videos that I like posting, because it’s cool. Nerdy, awesome and cool. Hybrid tech isn’t just for the Prius anymore.

|Video| You should watch WTCC at the Nurburgring

I pretty much took the weekend off racing to watch the World Touring Car Championship at the Nurburgring. It was the first year that that series was back at the full Nordschleife, and I wasn’t going to miss that.

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Although really, I wasn’t going to miss it since the FIA doesn’t care if WTCC is on Youtube. I like how, unlike other motorsports *cough* Formula 1 *cough*, you can easily find links.It’s like someone understands that in 2015, if you like something, that you should put it on the Internet. How novel!

Anyway, I watched it. You should watch it. Here you go.

Videos below after the bump. You can easily find Free Practice videos too, but I just didn’t feel like posting them.

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|Video| Watch Seb Loeb testing on the Green Hell #wtcc

Ever since I heard that the WTCC was going to return to the Nordschleife in 2015, I couldn’t help but be excited. Having a World Touring Car race on the 13.2 mile track is going to be something to see.

Now seeing that the Green Hell isn’t just a track that you can learn over a race weekend, the WTCC set up a practice day for the teams. Check out Loeb in this video as a teaser for the race later in the year.