February 11th, 2021 by Chris Leone
Throughout the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series season, we’re going to profile some of the series’ top drivers every Thursday. Be sure to check back each week to see who we’re featuring next! To get things started, we look to the 2020 series champion, Nick Ottinger of William Byron eSports:
Hometown: Claremont, NC
When did you start sim racing? 2010
What’s on your pre-race playlist to get hyped up? Racecar noises.
My secret talent is: Football
My day job is: Mechanic/Streamer
My real-world daily driver is: 1969 Pontiac Catalina
If I had a choice, my super power would be: Time travel, I would pick this simply for wanting the ability to see the world in different times and experience how different they were.
Do you have any pets? Yes, a cat named Bootz.
How would you describe your driving style? Methodical.
My biggest accomplishment on iRacing is: Winning the 2020 eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series Championship.
The coolest part of being on my eNASCAR team is: The vast knowledge and friendship with William Byron. Being able to learn how he approaches situations, adapts and his knowledge to testing has given me a different perspective to learn at a high level and work on my craft in iRacing.
When I’m not running in eNASCAR, my favorite cars to run on iRacing are: Pro 4 Trucks or any road car.
If you could add any non-Cup Series track to the eNASCAR schedule, which would you pick and why? Monaco. Would love to experience a course that requires a ton of technical skills and precision to maximize that everyone has a chance to experience.
Congratulations! You’ve won the lottery and are going to start a NASCAR Cup Series team. Which driver are you hiring first and why? Easy answer and fair answer, my boss William Byron. Some will agree it’s an easy answer but I know how knowledgeable and the skill William brings to a team that would propel a cup team to be successful.
It’s the season finale and you’re in the Championship 4. Your biggest rival is leading the field to the green flag and you’re starting second. How are you getting the job done? Do what I set out to do every race. Race my race and continue to focus on how I can improve every inch of the virtual track. No need be overzealous and focus on my rival. The end of the day, it’s a better attribute to stay focused and finding ways to improve in multiple facets.
Finally, where can we follow you on social media and streaming? Twitter- @NickOttinger, Instagram – @nickottinger_, Facebook – @nickottinger25, Twitch- @Nick_Ottinger
In-sim photo via Justin Melillo