Adam Gilliland is in a hurry . . . on the virtual race tracks of iRacing.com where he can usually be found out front or battling for the lead, or in a sim racing career he is anxious to take to the next level. How else to describe a driver who, at age 16, ranks his greatest disappointment in sim racing as falling just short of qualifying for the NASCAR iRacing.com Pro Series?
The young Texan has rebounded rather nicely from that set-back, and currently finds himself ensconced in fourth place in both the NASCAR iRacing.com Class A Series and the Class C Series (Fixed Setup). Gilliland may not be totally happy with a pair of fourth places – they are, after all, three spots shy of his goal. But when you consider he placed 15th in the 2011 Season 4 Class C (Fixed) standings (one better than a guy named Scott Speed) and P14 in the 2011 Season 3 Class A standings, you’ve got to like the way things are trending . . .
Q: How long have you been sim racing?
A: I have been Sim Racing since 2009. That’s when I first started doing what I consider sim racing; before that the only real thing I had tried with racing was EA Nascar Games.
Q: What attracted you to iRacing?
A: What originally attracted me to iRacing was the realism from the videos I had seen on youtube and from what friends had told me.
Q: What are favorite iRacing cars/tracks?
A: My favorite car on iRacing is the Class A Chevrolet Impala; my second favorite car is the Chevrolet Silverado and my favorite track is Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Q: What do you like most about iRacing?
A: What I like most about iRacing is the competition and the drive to be competitive and be up front with the top guys.
Q: What would you change about iRacing?
A: iRacing really has a couple things I would like to see added, not really changed . . . except for maybe the tire. I would like to see a tire similar to real life where there is separation between the cars over a long run.
Q: How many hours a week do you spend on iRacing?
A: I spend 2-3 hours practicing for Class A and probably total (with racing and practicing) 8 hours a week.
Q: Tell us about the paint schemes on your helmet/car(s).
A: I am currently sponsored by GSRacing.net on the Cup Side for my journey to make pro. On my truck side I am not currently sponsored. I like to run Alpinestars as a primary sponsor as I use a lot of their products and I like the logo.
Q: What other sim racing activities (Forza, Gran Turismo, etc.) do you do?
A: I run NR2003 league races with friends occasionally.
Q: What are your favorite video games?
A: My favorite video game series is the GTA series and the Call of Duty series.
Q: What is your most memorable iRacing moment?
A: My most memorable moment on iRacing was finishing third in the 2011 Pro Series final race at Kentucky as an A class driver.
“My desire to be competitive and have fun is not only something only I like to do, it’s the desire that thousands of sim racers have worldwide.”
Q: What is the iRacing moment you’d love to forget?
A: The iRacing memory I would most like to forget was finishing 13th in the 2011 Season 3 class A points, and missing Pro by 6 points.
Q: What car/track would you like to see iRacing add to the service?
A: The car I would most like to see added would probably have to be a shifter kart and the track(s) I would like to see added would be Kansas and Rockingham.
Q: What person, living or dead, do you most admire? Why?
A: I admire Dale Earnhardt the most because if his willingness to win and his respect that most people in the garage gave him.
Q: What’s your favorite real world racing series?
A: My favorite series is NASCAR Sprint Cup Series second favorite would be the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
Q: Name the title of the most recent book you read.
A: The Blink of an Eye: Dale, Daytona, and the Day That Changed Everything.
Q: Name of your favorite movie/TV show?
A: Storage Wars, Inside NASCAR
Q: How many of your close friends are iRacing members?
Q: Has competing with iRacers all around the world influenced your opinions/outlook on life/world events? How?
A: Yes very much so. It shows that my desire to be competitive and have fun is not only something only I like to do, it’s the desire that thousands of sim racers have worldwide.