My iRacing expedition has been enjoyable so far. I’ll cover more of that soon, once I pull some screenshots and video captures off from saved replays. I’ve been getting a bit better behind the wheel after changing some settings and practicing more. But there’s a lot of room for improvement, and a driving coach would go a long way to helping me do that. So an email from Allen Berg Racing Schools is proving quite timely.
The in-real-life school is making some virtual changes to combat its Covid-induced downtime. Allen Berg’s instructors will offer driving instruction for sim racing. You can choose the car and the track, and they will provide feedback and instruction to make you a better iRacing driver.
Here’s what they have to say about the program:
Over the past decade, the advent of virtual racing by way of sophisticated platforms such as iRacing has gradually evolved and is now gaining mainstream popularity. Use of racing simulators is widely accepted and utilized by drivers and teams at all levels of the sport.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, with racing events and driving programs temporarily suspended, the racing community has adapted by operating an increased number of virtual racing and esports events. Online driving platforms such as iRacing are more popular than ever.
These circumstances are combining to allow creative and capable professionals in the racing community to adapt in order to generate a living during these difficult times.
I’m not sure how much it costs. But this makes sense beyond the virtual space. If you’re someone who is serious about improving lap times in real life, there are skills you could learn from the virtual training that translates to actual on-track ability. It’s certainly not as good as the real deal, but it’s definitely helpful.
That lead image, by the way, was snagged from the video coverage of the second race of the 24 Hours of Lemons iRacing season. You can watch the whole thing here: