It comes as no surprise that an iRacer who lists Big Bang Theory as his favorite television show should drive for SkullGeek Racing. It’s a name only Sheldon Cooper, Leonard Hoftstadter — and Samuel Doughty and a few thousand iRacers – could love. On the other hand, what are the chances that an iRacer who lists the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series as his favorite real world racing series would like to see the Circuit de la Sarthe and Toyota TS030 Hybrid added to the service?
If you get the idea that Samuel Doughty is not utterly predictable, you’re on the right track. The Daytona Beach resident is full of surprises. For example, a guy who ran nearly double the number of oval races as road courses in his first couple of years on the iRacing now has more road course races to his credit than ovals and, heading into the final week of 2012 S3, leads his divisions in both the Star Mazda Championship and the Pontiac Solstice class of the iRacing Grand Touring Cup. Not to worry, Doughty has hardly forsaken the ovals or cars like the Impala Class A and Chevy Silverado. It’s just that when he says his motto is “tearing up the tracks, one byte at a time” these days he means ovals and road courses alike.
Q: How long have you been sim racing?
A: I started-out playing Pole Position and NASCAR2k3 before I started playing iRacing.
Q: What attracted you to iRacing?
A: The one thing that attracted me to iRacing is having the ability to fulfill the dream of being a real life professional driver.
Q: What are favorite iRacing cars/tracks?
A: Cars: Impala Class A, Silverado Truck, Dallara IndyCar, Cadillac CTS-V, HPD ARX-01C.
Tracks: Daytona International Speedway, Watkins Glen International, Talladega Superspeedway, Sebring International Raceway
Q: What do you like most about iRacing?
A: The thing that I like most about iRacing is the adrenaline rush of being behind the wheel of a real cars driving on a real track.
Q: What would you change about iRacing?
A: The one thing I would change about iRacing is having stiffing penalties for drivers.
Q: How many hours a week do you spend on iRacing?
Q: Tell us about the paint schemes on your helmet/car(s).
A: Cars: My paint scheme of choice is using a Crimson Red, Black and White with TapOut as the primary sponsor and For the Warrior Within as the secondary sponsor.
Helmet: My paint scheme of choice is using the stars and stripes helmet scheme with Red, White, and Blue with screaming eagles on each side because I was born in the U.S.A. and I believe in America.
Q: What other sim racing activities (Forza, Gran Turismo, etc.) do you do?
A: I don’t have any other sim racing activities that I feel compare to iRacing.
Q: What are your favorite video games?
A: My favorite video games are all the games in Wii Sports Resort.
Q: Do you do any real world racing?
A: No I don’t do any real world racing, but iRacing makes me feel like I am racing in the real world.
“My most memorable iRacing moment was meeting Dave Moulthrop and Kevin Iannarelli at New Smyrna Speedway.”
Q: What is your most memorable iRacing moment?
A: My most memorable iRacing moment was meeting Dave Moulthrop and Kevin Iannarelli from iRacing at New Smyrna Speedway.
Q: What is the iRacing moment you’d love to forget?
A: The one iRacing moment I would love to forget is the opportunity to drive in the iRacing 2.4 hours of Daytona and having someone crash into me in the lap # 4.
Q: What car/track would you like to see iRacing add to the service?
A: Tracks: Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California and Circuit de la Sarthe in Le Mans, France
Cars: Toyota TS030 Hybrid
Q: What person, living or dead do you most admire?
A: The one person is admire the most is my father, Walter Dare Doughty, Sr. My father worked as an auto mechanic before he retired. He is strong willed, dedicated, and was the one responsible for becoming the race fan I am today. He even worked on race cars in New Jersey.
Q: What’s your favorite real world racing series?
A: My favorite real world racing series is the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
Q: Name the title of the most recent book you read.
A: The most recent book I have read was Think Big and Kick Ass by Donald Trump
Q: Name of your favorite movie/TV show?
A: Favorite movie: Back to the Future Trilogy
Favorite TV show: Big Bang Theory
Q: How many of your close friends are iRacing members?
A: I do not have any close friends that are iRacing members, however I have met a few members that have become friends and also members of my team, SkullGeek Racing.
Q: Has competing with iRacers all around the world influenced your opinions/outlook on life/world events?
A: I do feel that iRacing has influenced my opinion/outlook on life and world events because with all of the troubles we have in the world there is one thing we all share in common, the love of auto racing.