Racing video games have become so realistic that you can literally load up *insert random racing game* and play it and improve your real life skills in racing. I know that Dale Earnhardt Jr uses iRacing and he says that by playing it it really does help make his transition at a track easier and faster than it would be without it. Similar things have been said about Forza Motorsports 6, and even the new NASCAR Heat Evolution has been referred to as “that’s exactly what my car would feel like in Homestead” and things of that nature. I’m not a NASCAR or race car driver at all, so I can’t say I’ve felt the same benefit at all, but maybe it’s working in reverse?
I’m watching the NASCAR race at New Hampshire right now and let me tell you I’m awful at that track in the video games. I always drive too deep in the corners and loose my grip then shove up the track then I lost positions and it’s just a mess, to say the least. Well I just learned watching it that it’s better to slow your car down and stay a lane and a half above the line at the bottom and slow it more down as opposed to diving down too deeply which will always work against you. You’d think I’d know better since I’ve been watching NASCAR since I was about 5, so over 20 years by this point, but I was really learning today watching the race.
Hopefully the next time I race New Hampshire I can use what I learned from this race and have a better event overall. I’m not sure why but I’m always bad here so hopefully I can improve and have one more track that I’m decent at as opposed to terrible at! I’m finally getting better at Bristol and Martinsville now so for sure I’m hopeful that I’ll get something good going here!
*As a fast note, though I’ve never raced a real race car, I’ve raced go karts in the past and the way I control the gas/brakes is the exact way I do in the games I play. My right finger will hit R2 so often in a turn then my left tap L2 so often for brakes and so on; you don’t use your left leg to drive in real life but the naturalness of driving racing games lent me feeling right at home needing to use both legs to race just like in the game, so there’s always that take away*