OK, OK. If you’re a regular (or even irregular) reader of inRacingNews, you’re already familiar with Nick Ottinger’s name. After all, as a serial winner in the NASCAR iRacing.com Street Stock Series, he’s a staple of Jordan Hightower’s weekly reports. The Carolina Club sim racer is also very active — and competitive — in Legends Cup and NASCAR Class A and B, where he got out of the gate fast with four top fives and a couple of wins in the early weeks of the season.
But would you have guessed that Ottinger’s most recently read book was Of Mice & Men? Or that one of this confessed oval junkie’s favorite tracks on iRacing is Infineon Raceway? Read on . . .
Q: How long have you been sim racing
A: Just a tad over a year now.
Q: What attracted you to iRacing?
Q: What are favorite iRacing cars/tracks?
A: My favorite car has to be the Nationwide car & the Cup car. Favorite tracks are Infineon and Darlington.
Q: What do you like most about iRacing?
A: The community. You meet a lot of great people inside and outside of racing.
Q: What would you change about iRacing?
A: Personally I would change how you have to start a race. You get a lot of people who jump the start as soon as the pace car jumps off and frustrates some people at times.
Q: How many hours a week do you spend on iRacing?
A: A rough estimate is probably about 9-12 hours a week.
Q: Tell us about the paint schemes on your helmet/car(s).
Q: My schemes all have Gale Force suspension and APD (Austin Pollak Dezigns). They sponsor me through iRacing and are great people to associate with.
Q: What other sim racing activities (Forza, Gran Tourismo, etc.) do you do?
A: The only other sim I’ve tried before was Gran Turismo. Very fun, but ain’t nothing compared to iRacing
Q: What are your favorite video games? Other hobbies?
A: I like to get outside a lot so anything that keeps me busy. Mostly I like to work on cars..
Q: What is your most memorable iRacing moment?
“Most memorable moment in iRacing has to be making the Landon Cassill Qualifying Challenge in my first try.”
A: Most memorable moment in iRacing has to be making the Landon Cassill Qualifying Challenge (LCQC) in my first try with a lot of great drivers in there as well.
Q: What is the iRacing moment you’d love to forget?
A: I would love to forget hitting the Turn 2 wall in the LCQC. I was hooked-up and the car just simply came out from under me and I nailed the wall.
Q: What car/track would you like to see iRacing add to the service?
A: I’m an *Oval* guy so I would love for iRacing to have Hickory Motor Speedway and have some super late models.
Q: What person, living or dead, do you most admire? Why?
A: I admire both my parents very much. Their very much care for every other person and they make me the same way at times.
“I would love to forget hitting the Turn 2 wall in the Landon Cassill Qualifying Challenge.”
Q: What’s your favorite real world racing series?
Q: Name the title of the most recent book you read.
A: Mice & Men
Q: Name of your favorite movie/TV show?
A: Burn Notice. Who wouldn’t love to be a spy?
Q: How many of your close friends are iRacing members?
A: Too many to count. I’ve met alot of great people and just about everyone I talk to is a friend of some sort.
Q: Has competing with iRacers all around the world influenced your opinions/outlook on life/world events? How?
A: Yes, I get insight from some real drivers such as Cale Gale, Nate Monteith and Bubba Gale. They each make this sim more fun while I race them.