Kentucky’s Chad Pruitt just might want to consider moving a few miles south and east . . . to Tennessee. Bristol, to be specific. After all, he’s had a pretty good run of fortune in Thunder Valley, visiting the winner’s circle more than a dozen times in a row at one point in his sim-racing career. Heck, if the powers that be should ever change the criteria for the iRacing.com Pro Series to focus exclusively on results at Thunder Valley, he’d be a shoe-in for the series.
As it is, Pruitt is focusing much of his time this season on the NASCAR iRacing Series – and doing just fine. With a pair of wins and eight top fives in 11 starts, he’s well on his way to a top ten finish in the 2013 standings. And the good news is the series makes a return visit to Bristol Motor Speedway in August. No doubt Pruitt will be looking to put another notch in his belt at Thunder Valley, where he led 187 laps in besting NiRS leader Tyler Hudson to win a 5103 SoF race in March.
Q: How long have you been sim racing?
A: I started racing on consoles in ‘97 when NASCAR 98 came out. Moved on to PC when NASCAR Racing 4 came out but never raced online until 2008 when I got rFactor.
Q: What attracted you to iRacing?
A: The laser-scanned tracks and being able to race with real race car drivers and the online community.
Q: What are favorite iRacing cars/tracks?
A: All the NASCAR stuff really. Trucks, Nationwide and the new Cup car. Favorite tracks are Bristol, Martinsville, Darlington, Dover and Richmond.
Q: What do you like most about iRacing?
A: It’s fun and competitive nothing else like it out there.
Q: What would you change about iRacing?
A: I would make it a little bit cheaper, so we would have an even bigger community.
Q: How many hours a week do you spend on iRacing?
A: It depends on how many races I get to run but I’m going to say around eight or nine.
Q: Tell us about the paint schemes on your helmet/car(s).
A: Nothing special about the helmet. As far as the cars go I have to give a huge Thank You to JGB Designs painter Justin Brooks. He always hooks me up with awesome Jeff Gordon paint schemes.
Q: What other sim racing activities (Forza, Gran Turismo, rFactor, etc.) do you do?
A: I have F1 2012 and Dirt 3.
Q: What are your favorite video games?
A: Favs of all time would be Metal Gear Solid, Madden, NBA 2k series . . . and the new WWE 13 is pretty awesome.
Q: Do you do any real world racing? Has iRacing been of any benefit?
A: No I do not. But I would love to!
“A huge Thank You to JGB Designs painter Justin Brooks. He always hooks me up with awesome Jeff Gordon paint schemes.”
Q: What is your most memorable iRacing moment?
A: Winning 14 races in a row at Bristol!!
Q: What is the iRacing moment you’d love to forget?
A: Missing Pro by two spots.
Q: What car/track would you like to see iRacing add to the service?
A: North Wilksboro needs to be reopened and Auto Club Speedway (California)
Q: What person, living or dead do you most admire?
A: There’s A LOT but the people I admire most are my mom and dad.
Q: What’s your favorite real world racing series?
A: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Q: Name the title of the most recent book you read.
A: I got iRacing – no time for books lol!
Q: Name of your favorite movie/TV show?
A: Don’t watch a lot of movies but my favorite TV show is The Walking Dead (cant miss it) and The Big Bang Theory.
Q: How many of your close friends are iRacing members?
A: None of my real life friends are on iRacing but I have made many good friends since I started racing online.