How Sim Racing Can Help You Prepare for a Real Track

Sim racing can indeed prepare you to race on a real track and in this week’s edition of the Sim Racing Roundup you will find out how.

I feature three drivers who are specifically applying what they are learning in a sim to racing on a real track and each example is instructive of what can be done.

I also bring you tips on defending your racing position on track, the latest competitive sim racing news and tech reviews as well as general sim racing news of note.

All this and more in this week’s edition of the Sim Racing Roundup on Motorsport Prospects. Its sim racing news for racers not gamers.

From Sim Racing to the Real Thing

How Sim Racing Can Help You Prepare for a Real Track

Scott Mansell of Driver61 looks to answer the question in the video above, Does Being Fast in the Sim, Mean Fast in Real Racing? It is an extremely informative look at the differences between sim racing and real world racing and how you can use sim racing as a tool to maximize your performance in real world racing.

How Sim Racing Can Help You Prepare for a Real Track

I sat down with two of the professional sim driver coaches from Advanced SimRacing to talk about why sim racing is such a great tool for the real race driver. While I work on that feature, which will be published in a few weeks, they gave me a recent example to highlight their point with the performance of amateur racer Alain Scalzo at Barber Motorsport Park. Here is what they said.

Scalzo AutoSport is proud to celebrate a milestone at Barber Motorsport Park! Gentleman driver, Alain Scalzo, placed second in his class and earned his first-ever podium finish in the Porsche Sprint Challenge North America. A big shoutout to the incredible crew chief Jean-Francois Dumoulin of Dumoulin Competition and the valuable coaching from eSports professional Philippe Bouchard of Advanced SimRacing.

The Advanced Motorsport program played a crucial role in elevating Alain’s performance, as he stated, “We practiced race craft at length on the simulator and that allowed me to defend my position and minimize mistakes while being chased by a faster driver all race long.” Here’s to a bright future on the track made even faster through racing simulation.

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Sim Racing Roundup

This June, Jimmie Johnson will be racing in his first-ever 24 Hours of Le Mans thanks to the experimental Garage 56 program. He’ll be behind the wheel of an endurance-prepped Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 based on NASCAR’s Next Gen Cup car, but the experience is going to be completely outside of Johnson’s traditional ballpark. His best preparation, though, hasn’t always been on the track: it’s been in a simulator.

“It helps to fill in the blanks,” he explained, referring to the fact that he has never competed on the track. “I’ve been experimenting to see what it’d be like to drive in wet-weather conditions, what it’s like to drive in traffic. I want to pull experience from anywhere that I can.”

Competitive Sim Racing News

How Sim Racing Can Help You Prepare for a Real Track

Sim Racing Tips & Techniques

How Sim Racing Can Help You Prepare for a Real Track

In the video above, real life GT racer as well as sim racer Daniel Morad explains the 3 steps to defending your racing position on track. “Learn how to defend your racing position like a pro and most likely crash less, I hope.”

In the video above, Daniel Morad also explains why he feels that iRacing is the best sim right now.

Box This Lap explains the best settings for the Thrustmaster T818 for Automobilista 2.

“Let’s go with Reiza’s title in which we are offered three different configurations, all of them without any damper. Automobilista 2 is one of the best simulators in terms of FFB. The three configurations vary only in strength, considering the cars they are intended for and the steering wheels used. With that and with the filters it is expected to achieve the greatest likelyhood with their real counterparts.”

Sim Racing Tech Roundup

Here is a roundup of the latest sim racing tech news and reviews from around the world.

How Sim Racing Can Help You Prepare for a Real Track

General Sim Racing News

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