Mr. FitzGerald has been with the iRacing service since 2012 and spends just about all of his time competing in the Silver Crown Cup. He also runs in ‘Crown leagues such as “Old Bastards.” With as much experience as he has with the Silver Crown, he is definitely a senior figure in the short track sim racing community.
I had the pleasure of asking Donald a few questions about his iRacing experience and how he enjoys the service. Here’s what he had to say:
Q: How long have you been sim-racing?
A: I have been iRacing for about two years now. I used to play NASCAR on the Xbox for almost five years before switching over to iRacing. Can’t really compare the two, can you?!
Q: What do you like most about iRacing?
A: I love the series I race in. I really like the maturity of the other guys. Mistakes are made and seldom does anyone complain or carry it over into the next race. Never have I witness any kind payback. I also have to give a mention how helpful the staff is whenever there is a problem.
Q: If you could change one thing about iRacing, what would it be?
A: The Silver Crown series is not like the Indy or the stock car series. The racing is extremely close at times. Bumping and banging a bit is part of the fun of this series. I am sure some drivers will disagree with me, but I would like to see a different SR and IR system for the different cars. I also understand that such a task is time consuming.
Q: What are your favorite video games outside of iRacing?
A: I don’t play games outside of iRacing.
“I fast tracked my way into my A license . . . boy did those Silver Crown guys teach me a thing or two.”
Q: Do you compete in any real world racing?
A: No. Had the opportunity to race sprint cars once, but I allowed it to pass. No regrets.
Q: What is your most memorable iRacing moment?
A: The day I finally finished on the lead lap in the Silver Crown Series. I fast tracked my way into my A license believing I am a better driver than I am; boy did these Silver Crown guys teach me a thing or two.
Q: What car/track would you like to see iRacing add to the service?
A: I am pretty centered on the Silver Crown Series. I do play once in a great moon with other cars, but not often. It would be cool if iRacing could figure a way to simulate some dirt tracks.
Q: What’s your favorite real world racing series?
A: Any Sprint Car series on dirt. I also like USAC Silver Crown if they could get enough cars to show up to round out the field.
Q: Favorite professional sports team? …and College sports team?
A: Not into any other sports at all.
Q: Your favorite iRacing series is…?
A: Need I say? Silver Crowns!
Q: What is the most rewarding thing about your iRacing experience?
A: The strange relationships you build with the other racers. Strange because we build a friendship without ever really knowing the other person. A very strange world indeed.