How to turn racing simulators into a real racing career

Columns: Races SIM
Becoming a real racing driver starting from simulators is certainly not easy, but today we tell the story of a young man who made it and even became a world champion: Glenn McGee.

Thousands of talents hide among the virtual grids of driving simulators, but the high costs of accessing real competitions deny most of them the chance to truly race on the track, except sporadically.

The only opportunities that most sim racers have to compete in reality are therefore:

"arrive and drive" formulas (especially in karting)
winning virtual competitions on driving simulators that offer races or entire seasons in a real championship as prizes
It is in this second scenario that the story of Glenn McGee, an American young man referred to as an "alien" on the well-known driving simulator iRacing for his driving prowess, is placed.

Glenn begins, like every child passionate about cars, with video games.
In particular, Glen has been a fan of the Gran Turismo series since the 90s.

However, unlike the story of Jann Mardenborough, which we previously told, Glen's career does not start from the video game Gran Turismo, but from the most famous and complete driving simulator currently on the market: iRacing.

Glenn began his experience on iRacing in 2011, proving to be very fast from the start, but he only managed to earn a spot on the real track in 2015 after winning an iRacing world championship and the "2015 Mazda Road to 24 Shootout," which won him a $100,000 scholarship in the "2016 Battery Tender Global MX-5 Cup" where he finished his first race in a very respectable ninth place out of 40 starters.

Glenn continued to race in the Mazda MX-5 with good results until 2023, the year in which he made his debut in the Lamborghini Huracan ST EVO 2 in the European and American "Lamborghini Super Trofeo." That same year, he also qualified for the "Lamborghini Super Trofeo World Finals" at Vallelunga, even achieving the feat of winning, thus becoming the first virtual driver to be crowned world champion in an FIA-sanctioned competition on real tracks, thereby honoring all virtual drivers who have much to prove and await their chance to earn a place in real competitions.

Glenn's feats do not end here:
in 2024, he once again took part in the "Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America," this time with the Andretti partner team, astonishing everyone again with an unmatched start at Sebring just last March 18. Our driver managed to overtake as many as 10 cars in the span of the first two turns by setting an outside trajectory that is rarely seen on real tracks but very common in driving simulators (so much so that it has been defined by many as "a sim racing move"), managing to surprise his opponents.

Meanwhile, Glen has never stopped his activity on driving simulators, even being active in promoting the discipline on his social media through the creation of technical videos in the field.

Created by: abruno - 22/03/24

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