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Can Sim Racing lead to Real Racing?

March 31st, 2022

It is not a secret that nowadays racing simulators are so advanced, and they can teach you a lot.

For this reason, many sim racers dream of becoming racing drivers in real life.

These days, we are unlikely to hear about the most talented sim racers getting chances in prestigious racing categories. I believe this can change in the future as the sims are treated more and more serious, but even now, there are a few exceptions to this rule:

1. Sim Racers who pay for their starts

Real racing is a very expensive sport, so it’s hard to get into it for free. If you pay yourself to compete or manage to find a sponsor, your sim racing skills can help you. While there are at least a few extra factors in real life that we don’t know from sim racing (e.g. many physical challenges, the risk of real accidents, or different car feeling), if you have a good understanding of racing theory because you’ve learned it on virtual tracks, you will find it relatively easy to transfer it to real ones.

2. Sim Racers who have won some tournament and got their chance

Sometimes we hear about how the prize in some sim racing tournament is a test in some racing series, for example.

It’s really great that the best sim racers can test their real skills with this, and if they do great, maybe even get a contract.

Whenever someone asks me if a sim racer would handle it on a real track, I send them this video, so I don’t have to convince them with some meaningless words. Man, this guy’s good!

3. Talented or popular Sim Racers who got their full-time chance

Heard of Jimmy Broadbent? Of course you heard, at least if you are a passionate sim racer.

After years of playing and creating content, he got his chance and started a professional, real racing career. What’s interesting, he is fairly good at it. Keep it like that, Jimmy, good luck!

Simulators can definitely help us to reach our real-life goals, as I’ve already written about in the post about making money on sim racing.

I have friends who were never interested in sim racing, but they liked games like Euro Truck Simulator 2 or American Truck Simulator. They managed to transfer a lot of their skills to the real world, got their driver’s license, and today they work as real truck drivers.

This is also possible in the racing world, but I’m not going to lie, it’s probably much harder.

If you want to become a professional racing driver, sim racing can help you, but aside from that, I would recommend you do something related to racing in real life as well. Karting, for example, might be a good idea.

Can Sim Racing help in real racing?

Of course!

Racing isn’t just about “driving around”. In sim racing, you can learn the tracks and test some tactics. Sim Racing is also great at teaching us how to think and make quick decisions during the race.

There is a reason why a significant number of professional racing drivers are also great and active sim racers. In Sim Racing we have often seen such names as Max Verstappen, Lando Norris, or Robert Kubica. If you are interested in racing, you certainly have heard of these gentlemen. There are of course many more sim racers known from the real world, but I’d probably have to name almost 50% of racing drivers to list all of those who play sim racing. Trust me, there are quite a lot of them.

If you don’t believe sim racing can help with real world skills, take a look at what Max Verstappen, the 2021 Formula 1 world champion, said:

[In sim racing] I’m still trying to improve myself, which I think also helps me in real life.“.

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I know Sim Racing is can give a lot of fun, but I bet these guys wouldn’t spend thousands of hours on this just because it’s cool.

Sim Racing is a part of training, and that’s also one of the reasons why many professional racing teams also have their own simulators. To be fair, they’re quite more advanced than these we usually have at home, but still, in most cases, they play exactly the same games as we do.