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iRacing’s Daytona 500 With Jeremy Lukaszka

February 22, 2013 Comments off

Jeremy Lukaszka will race the BAJA Sports Chevrolet Impala on Saturday at 2 p.m. on GlacierTV.com for the iRacing Daytona 500.

Jeremy Lukaszka will race the BAJA Sports Chevrolet Impala on Saturday at 2 p.m. on GlacierTV.com for the iRacing Daytona 500.

Sim racers across the globe will take part in iRacing’s World Tour premier event Friday and Saturday in their version of the Daytona 500.

18-year-old Jeremy Lukaszka, driver of the BAJA Sports Chevrolet Impala, will race at 2 p.m. ET Saturday in the top split of 43 cars broadcasted on GlacierTV.com.

Daytona International Speedway is a 2.5-mile oval, and the iRacing Daytona 500 will consist of 200 laps with iRacing’s Chevrolet Impala (Not the Generation 6 car, will be released Feb. 25.).

This is Lukaszka’s first attempt at iRacing’s Daytona 500, but without prior experience, his expectations are set high.

“I think realistically, we mainly just want to survive until the end to have a shot at winning,” Lukaszka said. “The expectations are to win.”

Lukaszka is from Palo, IA, where he aspires to be a fabricator, member of a pit crew, or a crew chief in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. His plans are to eventually attend the NASCAR Technical Institute in Mooresville, NC.

Winning is in Lukaszka’s history, with is career stats being exceptional since joining iRacing in March 2012. He has recorded 102 wins in 377 starts and is 51st overall on the overall Oval rating on iRacing. He has three championships, all in Season 4 2012, in NASCAR iRacing National Series (Fixed) for season and time trial and IndyCar Oval (Fixed) time trial championship.

With his expectations being to win, there is nobody he is looking to beat, specifically.

“Really, no one judges you in this race,” Lukaszka said,”you’re top split, and you’ve obviously earned your right to be there, so you’re not aiming to beat one person.”

“If you go for the win, you’ll beat everyone.”

JL A FixedSo with 43 virtual cars racing around the oval for three plus hours, what is the strategy to win, and what will the atmosphere of the race be like?

“As with any race, the beginning will be aggressive because everyone will be hyped up for it,” Lukaszka said. “I’ll want to stay up front for as long as I can, but if I get shuffled to the back, I’ll usually like to stay there.

“Hopefully, there aren’t wrecks, but if there is I hope there is enough time to check up and drive by.”

Fans, or viewers watching the GlacierTV.com broadcast, can interact with others via Twitter by following the hashtags #iRacingWT and #iRacingDaytona500 or by following @iRacing. You can also follow Lukaszka’s on Twitter at @JeremyLukaszka.

The iRacing Daytona 500 is the third World Tour event of the year, and has plans to run seven entirely. This race, specifically, is the most important to oval racers and Lukaszka.

“This race comes once a year, but, as far as iRacing, this is the biggest World Tour event on the schedule,” he said. “Everyone wants to win it, and it isn’t an easy race to win. It’s the race everyone puts a lot of work into it to try to build the fastest piece they can, and it is a race everyone looks forward to.”

Winning this race on the real surface is one of the biggest pinnacles in motorsports, but what does winning it mean for someone on virtual surface?

“It would solidify who I am as a sim racer with potential,” Lukaszka said. “I think it would, definitely, show other drivers that I can do this. This is the biggest deal, broadcasted and lots of work is put into it.”

“This is the Super Bowl of sim racing. This is Daytona.”

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