On the face of it, Marcus Dean is a bit of a contradiction.  The Greenville, SC resident loves his short track racing, particularly at his “home” track, ½ mile Greenville-Pickens Speedway, a track awash in stock car racing history.  Given that, you might expect Dean to be a regular in iRacing Street Stocks, Late Models and Class C.  Instead, Dean’s sim-racing tastes run to open wheels, IndyCars, Sprint Cars and, most of all, Silver Crown.

He’s currently in a familiar spot in the iRacing Silver Crown Cup – chasing perennial front runner Vinnie Sansone in the overall standings while vying for the Division 2 title.  It’s a title he won in a Season 1 that also saw him place runner-up to Sansone in the overall rankings and one he’d very much like to retain in Season 2.  With a little help from his friends and teammates at Crankenstein Racing — not to mention his “co-pilot” —  it’s a goal that’s within reach.

Q:        How long have you been sim racing?

A:        I’ve been sim racing a little over two years.

Q:        What attracted you to iRacing?

A:        I had a friend that told me about iRacing and let me use his wheel and I’ve been hooked ever since.

Dean gravitates to the short track open wheel series like the Sprint Car and Silver Crown Cup.

Q:        What are favorite iRacing cars/tracks?

A:        My favorite iRacing car would be the Silver Crown, I think it is the best car in the sim. My favorite track is Irwindale with the Silver Crown. It’s a hard track to pass on but a lot fun with the right group of iRacers.

Q:        What do you like most about iRacing?

A:        What I like most is that iRacing keeps evolving and improving with every new build.

Q:        What would you change about iRacing?

A.       If I could change something about iRacing i would give the Silver Crown and the Sprint Car the new tire model.

Q:       How many hours a week do you spend on iRacing?

A.       I usually spend about 10 to 15 hours a week on iRacing.

Q:      Tell us about the paint schemes on your helmet/car(s).

A.     My paint scheme on my Silver Crown is based-off the Caterpillar NASCAR Sprint Cup car. The reason why I chose Caterpillar is because I deliver Caterpillar heads to one of their plants here in Fountain Inn, SC.

Q:     What other sim racing activities (Forza, rFactor, Gran Turismo, etc.) do you do?

A.      I don’t play any other sim racing games.

Q:     What are your favorite video games?

A:      My favorite game to play is UFC on Xbox 360. I like to play it with my kids.

Q:     What is your most memorable iRacing moment?

A:      My most memorable moments in iRacing to date is, one, winning an official race in the Silver Crown at Las Vegas with Vinnie Sansone.  I’ve been trying to win a race with him in it for close to a year.  Number two is winning the Division 2 2012 Season 1 championship and finishing second overall in the Silver Crown.

“I couldn’t make it without (my wife).  She is my spotter in life.”

Q:     What is the iRacing moment you’d love to forget?

A:      I was running a live web broadcast, don’t remember who was hosting but it was Indy cars at Indy.  I came in for the first round of pit stops and come out of the pits, looped it, hit the wall and ended my race. I watched the replay later and saw they were talking about it in the broadcast.

Q:     What car/track would you like to see iRacing add to the service?

A:      The car would I add to iRacing would have to be a Monte Carlo street stock. The track would I add would have to be my local track Greenville-Pickens Speedway. It has a lot of history, GPS held the first flag-to-flag televised NASCAR race and the past track champions are painted on the wall starting in Turn 3 and continuing down the backstretch to the middle of Turns 1 and 2. Drivers like Lee Petty, Ralph Earnhardt and David Pearson just just to name a few.

Q:      What person, living or dead do you most admire?

A:      My wife.  I couldn’t make it without her.  She is my spotter in life.

Q:      What’s your favorite real world racing series?

A:      Local short track racing at Greenville-Pickens Speedway.

Memorable moment #2 in Dean's sim-racing career.

Q:      Name the title of the most recent book you read.

A:      Dave Ramsey Financial Peace.

Q:      Name of your favorite movie/TV show?

A:      South Beach Tow.

Q:      How many of your close friends are iRacing members?

A:      There are 17 of my closest friends on iRacing and we all make up the team of Crankenstein Racing.

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