Stressing About Some Serious Fun

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So, this sim-racing thing that I’m into, iRacing , is a blast.  But it’s also the source of some stress.  Don’t get me wrong.  It’s my hobby.  I love racing online.  It’s fun… a lot of fun.  The catch?  It’s serious fun.  I really get into it, especially around this time of the year.

The World Cup of iRacing has started.  The WC is a yearly competition for the title of the best iRacing club in the world.  Like I said, SERIOUS fun.  There’s a bunch of us in the Texas club that really go after it, too.  Last year, we were the number 1 U.S. club, and ranked like 4th in the world.  It was awesome.

This year, things are a lot different.  You see. we sim-racers have actual lives outside of our virtual race cars.  And this year those “actual lives” are getting in the way of a chance to be the best virtual race team in the world.  In fact, I was pretty convinced we weren’t going to make it past the qualifying round that happened this past weekend.  There are about 35 clubs in iRacing world-wide, and only the top 16 advance to the WC tournament.  I couldn’t race.  Many of the other guys that normally run in this thing weren’t available, either.  Honestly, I had written off this year’s World Cup.

Texas made it, though.  Enough guys stepped up and scored just enough points to squeak into the tournament.  We were 15th in the Q round.  I am very appreciative of this.  I have voiced my thanks in the iRacing Texas Club forums.

So, in less than 2 weeks, we have to race in the tournament.  We have to get 12 of our best virtual race car drivers into the races and score enough points to beat the other 4 clubs in our group to get into the final round.  The problem is that the competition is very good, and once again, it’s uncertain if the Texas Club can muster enough competitive muscle to make a go at it.  I know it doesn’t seem like much of an effort to get a dozen online racing geeks together to compete in a couple of races, but you’d be damned surprised.

In addition to that, I have recently discovered that my skill with the Dallara DW12 Indy car lacking.  I’m not sure at this point that I could even be remotely competitive.  Normally, that would not be a big deal, but I have a funny feeling that I’ll be needed as one of the 12 drivers for the tournament.  I will try, and  I’m hoping for the best.  I’m just not sure I’ll have the chops.

I hope you understand the stress I mentioned.  I know it seems silly, but think about something you’ve done as a hobby or a amateur competition.  It’s fun, but it’s serious fun.  If you know you could be better, you get frustrated, right?  Well, me, too.  I’m stressing a bit.

I guess I’ve bitched enough.  Thanks for listening, and wish me – and Texas – good luck.  😉

BTW, the group Texas is in for the World Cup tournament round will be streamed live on YouTube.  Look for the Racespot channel.  There is a road race at Suzuka and an oval race at Homestead on November 7th.  The Oval race starts at 7am Central, and the road race is on at 9am Central.

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