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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.”

Rough Stage One For Team SPEED

January 6, 2013 Comments off

Robby Gordon is stuck with his Hummer in the sand during the Stage 1 of the Dakar 2013 between Lima and Pisco, Peru. (Photo Credit: PLANETROBBY.com)

Robby Gordon is stuck with his Hummer in the sand during the Stage 1 of the Dakar 2013 between Lima and Pisco, Peru. (Photo Credit: PLANETROBBY.com)

The opening stage of the Dakar Rally for Robby Gordon and Team SPEED did not go as planned, as he finished 10 minutes behind leader Carlos Sainz after being stuck in the sand.

Because time is multiplied by three in the first stage, Gordon and the No. 315 SPEED Energy / Toyo Tires team find themselves 30 minutes behind and in the 33rd position. Stage one was a 13-kilometer special,

After being stuck in the sand, Gordon and Kellon Walch had more issues trying to get out and moving on with the special.

“I stopped at the top of a dune after Kellon told me to be careful since we could not see the other side, and I was being super conservative,” Gordon said. “We got stuck and lost the transmission trying to get out. We literally had to push the HUMMER out of the sand. I am down more than I ever was last year on day one, and I can not believe it. We are in bad shape but from here on out we will just have to fight, fight, fight.”

Gordon was slated to begin his 337-kilometer stage two at 10:55 a.m. today. The special length is 242 kilometers across soil and sand terrain. This should be a promising stage for the HUMMER and Team SPEED and a critical moment to not lose more time on the leaders of the rally.

Stage two will begin in Pisco, Peru and end at the same starting point for competitors.

By using Twitter, fans can use these hashtags to follow Team SPEED and the 2013 Dakar Rally: #TeamSPEED, #USvsTHEM, #TeamToyo and #Dakar2013.

Follow Team SPEED on Facebook by searching SPEED Energy, or on Twitter (@SPEED_Energy). Also on Twitter, live updates will be given by @PLANETROBBY, or you can sign up for free on PlanetRobby.com for live updates and chat for each stage. Daily updates will be given at BAJA Sports for Team SPEED.

2013 Dakar Rally Underway

January 5, 2013 Comments off

Robby Gordon set to take on the 2013 Dakar Rally in his No. 315 SPEED Energy / Toyo Tires HUMMER. (Credit: Kevin Wilson and PLANETROBBY.com)

Robby Gordon set to take on the 2013 Dakar Rally in his No. 315 SPEED Energy / Toyo Tires HUMMER. (Credit: Kevin Wilson and PLANETROBBY.com)

The Dakar Rally begins today its 15-day journey with a total number of 1,700 competitors expected to race or assist teams from the start line in Lima, Peru.

All competitors will start the rally from Lima Peru and end in Pisco after a 263-kilometer stage with a 13-kilometer special (timed) stage. Though the stage is short, competitors must realized the rally has begun, and not let time slip too far.

Dakar will race through three countries: Argentina, Chile and Peru. American driver Robby Gordon will be competing in the car category, which is one of four different categories. Motorcycles, quads, cars and trucks are divided to make different races over the 6,000-mile rally.

This will be Gordon’s eighth Dakar Rally and his seventh straight as a driver-team owner. Gordon will pilot his No. 315 SPEED Energy / Toyo Tires HUMMER for Team SPEED.

BAJA Sports will keep an eye on Team SPEED thoughout the 15-day rally and provide quotes and recaps following each stage.

With Team SPEED’s record at the Dakar Rally, finishing third in 2009, its goal is to finish off one of the most prestigious races in the world.

“We are really excited to go to the Dakar, last year A.S.O. can say we were disqualified, but to be honest with you at the end of the day we finished 5th and it wasn’t worth fighting with them,” Gordon said. “This year our car is even better fine tuned, we’ve had more time to work on it.”

By using Twitter, fans can use these hashtags to follow Team SPEED and the 2013 Dakar Rally: #TeamSPEED, #USvsTHEM, #TeamToyo and #Dakar2013.

Follow Team SPEED on Facebook by searching SPEED Energy, or on Twitter (@SPEED_Energy). Also on Twitter, live updates will be given by @PLANETROBBY, or you can sign up for free on PlanetRobby.com for live updates and chat for each stage. Daily updates will be given at BAJA Sports for Team SPEED.

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