Editor’s note: In his comment on yesterday’s NiSWC race report, Tyler Beals mentioned he was starting his first ever race on iRacing last night, Street Stocks at USA International. I thought his experience might make for enjoyable reading and Tyler was kind enough to share his reflections on his first taste of competition with the iRacing community. Thanks Tyler . . . and welcome to iRacing.
Yesterday, after joining iRacing on Tuesday, I participated in the first race of my career. We had a terrible warm-up round, with many people wrecking the entire field. My goal for the race was my safety rating. As with a lot of rookie series I have seen, many people in the field wrecked multiple times. Different drivers were a little bit more professional, but all of us were still rookies.
Another downside to my experience was the fact that I have not received my steering wheel yet. I was using a Logitech Joystick used for flight simulation, to drive the Number 7 National Guard Street Stock Series Car.
Qualifying kind of intimidated me before the race, because my track position was terrible at the start. After two drivers were knocked-out and re-qualified, my starting position was on the inside line and in ninth position.
Quickly after the third lap, the wrecks started to kick-in. First wreck was between the fourth and fifth position drivers, and made a nice little maze for me to work through.
The race was without cautions, and it kept going. As the leaders kept running into the tenth lap, I was pulling out of Turn Four when I spun-out. In races I watch it is a very rookie mistake to continue to gas the vehicle after a wreck, which in effect causes the other cars to wreck into them. I did not let anyone wreck into me, and I maintained my ground on the lower side of the front stretch. Once cleared, I made my lap and pitted.
I enjoy the realism of the track and the cars themselves. Although one thing was not the best: the pit times. They are realistic which is what I like, but some wrecks drivers get into are not as damaging to the vehicle as the game makes them. I would barely tap the wall coming-off of a turn, and instantly get the pit stop flag.
Other than that small issue my race was enjoyable. I was able to pull out of pit lane with 15 laps to go. By this point I had fallen to second to last place, and I was five laps down to the leaders.
Even with the extensive pit time and wrecks, the race was without a doubt successful. My safety rating went down a little bit, but I’m sure with my new wheel it will get better. One special thanks to a driver who was not rude to me — and actually was intellectual about racing — was Josh Brown2.
The race was a success for me and I was very satisfied with my position and car setup.