Ever wanted to go wheel-to-wheel in an IZOD Indycar Series Dallara? Dreamed of passing Tomas Scheckter on the outiside in turn one at Indianapolis? Wondered what it would feel like to be chased around Watkins Glen by Justin Wilson and Will Power? Yearned to fight for a championship and clinch it in the last race? Well… I’ve experience it all and you can too.
If you’re an avid gamer or hard-core IZOD IndyCar Series fan chances are you’ve heard of iRacing previously. If not, allow me to educate you. iRacing is in one word… INCREDIBLE! It’s an internet based racing simulator where any member can hop in and race cars ranging from a Pontiac Solstice to the famed Honda powered Dallara IndyCar on race tracks spanning from the historic Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
iRacing is unlike any other racing “game” and the proof is in the pudding. Numerous professional racers frequent iRacing not only for fun but as a training tool for their professional careers. World famous drivers such as Will Power, Justin Wilson, Tomas Scheckter, Oriol Servia, Takuma Sato, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Joey Logano, and Marcos Ambrose can be found on iRacing any given night of the week.
I am lucky enough to be the co-founder and inaugural champion of one of the most elite and popular IndyCar leagues on iRacing, The 16th Street Racing League. I started this league with my best-friend, Tony George Jr, for no other reason than we wanted to set a challenging and extremely fun schedule. As time has gone on, it has grown into one of the most exciting things I have ever been a part of. Through some mutual friends, Tony and I were able to get a couple of IZOD IndyCar Series drivers to show up for a few of our races in the first season. Word spread quickly. Now we have seven IZOD IndyCar and Firestone Indy Lights drivers that regularly show up to our races. It doesn’t end there. We also have former Nationwide Series drivers Kyle Krisiloff and Billy Wease and Grand-Am competitor Jordan Taylor as regular participants in our league. In addition we have had one of our races broadcast live via the internet on PSRTV.COM. We’ve been featured on inRacingNews.com and I’d realized things had really gotten big when Three Wide Life contacted us.
Three Wide Life is an entertaining and informative TV show about the people who make the green flag drop week to week. The show examines life inside the garage, targeting the hard-core race fan. Three Wide Life is meant not only to entertain the race fans, but to also educate new viewers about the drivers, the business, and the people behind the teams. The show informed us they would be in Indianapolis during May and were interested in meeting up to film a short segment. I felt quite a sense of accomplishment when I arrived at the shoot and found that Justin Wilson, Will Power, Tomas Scheckter, PJ Chesson, and Larry Foyt had all shown up to discuss iRacing and more specifically our league.
It was a great day and a great chance to get to meet the IZOD IndyCar Series drivers that I had been racing with over the past year. We hope to have our races broadcast via the internet in the upcoming months and if you’re interested in joining us head over to iRacing.com and purchase a membership. See you on track!