In fact, this trend during the pandemic of broadcasting virtual racing really kicked the industry into overdrive. Also in 2020, NBC broadcast IndyCar’s virtual event in place of the cancelled real event, whilst Fox Sports in the US did the same thing with NASCAR. For context, this event drew in 903,000 viewers.
Additionally, sim racing is getting closer to the actual thing not just from a viewing perspective, but even for those partaking in it. YouTuber Chris Haye says “sim racing is one of the closest options out there to real life” and “a supplement to real world driving”. Modern technology offers the option of Virtual Reality (VR) headsets, which generally deliver what their name promises. As Haye says: “with VR, I have moments when I forget I’m in the sim” and that “I approach my driving in the exact same way as I would in the real world”. What we can learn from this is that technology is driving some extraordinary virtual experiences.
If you still aren’t convinced, just consider the fact that a number of professional drivers actually use sim racing as a way to train. Max Verstappen doesn’t just compete a lot in the virtual world; he also is a massive proponent of sim racing. In fact, he even described sim racing as “the same – you’re also pushing flat out, you need to take it seriously, you really need to work together to make it happen”. Verstappen spoke of the need to prepare well for sim racing: “it’s all about preparation, strategy as well, because when you’re doing a 24-hour race around the Nordschleife, it’s quite tough.”
So there you have it! Sim racing might not be the actual thing, but it’s very close. It is also popular, competitive, and loved by professional drivers. There’s a fair amount of credibility in that!
Experience the real thing
The virtual world of racing is exciting, vibrant and immersive. It is all about bringing us closer and closer to the real thing. There is another way of achieving this as well. Just like iRacing, Fastrack V8 Race has access to some of the greatest racing tracks you could hope to experience. And we have the real thing! Check out our driving & hot lap experiences and take a spin around the likes of Sandown Raceway. Sydney Motorsport Park or even Mount Panorama in Bathurst. We can’t wait to see you there!