Simon Pagenaud, Professional Racing Driver

Preparing for the IndyCar iRacing challenge


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04 / Apr / 2020

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As we can't go racing right now, IndyCar has put on an exciting series of simcar racing events in cooperation with iRacing. Each Saturday, until May, 2, around 25 current or former IndyCar drivers will put on a real show for you.

 

The iRacing challenge has been a lot of fun. Last week was a rush to get ready and get to a competitive level for sure with 15-hour days of work to find speed and acclimate myself to my new simulator and the virtual Indycar.

As I spend a lot of time on my simulator, I adapted my office at home by setting up a tailor-made configuration: I have a moulded seat with a position similar to that in my Indycar, with the feet pointing up. The steering wheel and bottom bracket are ClubSport by Fanatec. On my computer (which remains open for better cooling) I installed an AMD Ryzen 7 with 32 gigs of RAM microprocessor with an Nvidia 1070 ti graphic card. I use a wireless Astro A50 helmet which allows me to discuss strategy with my team.

 

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I had three screens of 55 inches each installed around my seat to get a better sense of depth and distance as this is the biggest problem for me with simulators. Before I used the Virtual Reality (VR) system, but I find that screens are less tiresome in the long run.

 This Saturday in Barber I feel much more in control and my chances to be more competitive are much greater. I love a new challenge and I am extremely pleased that we can still showcase our sport to our fans. We have an amazing fan base and it is pretty cool to see the Menards car and soon the DXC technology car on our broadcast with NBCSN this Saturday at 2.30pm ET. You can also follow me live on my Facebook page where my race engineer Ben will be my spotter!

 This is getting more and more competitive as I can see drivers training days and night to get better, we are a competitive breed after all. The good news is we are going racing this weekend!

I hope you will enjoy it! 

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