Sim Racers - Introduce yourselves here
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Hi All,

Figured I'd start a sticky thread for everyone to do an introduction..

I'll start it off..

Im Darin Gangi

Live in Simi Valley, California

Have two daughters who are 21 & 15

I'm 41 and have been a sim racer since 1988, video gamer since 1976.

I race on the PC, XBox 360 and PS3.

XBox 360 Gamer Tag = DarinSRT

PSN ID = DGangi11

PC = Darin Gangi

Favorite types of racing = Endurance / Road Racing, Off Road / Rally, Open wheel

Equipment = GT3 RS with Clubsport Pedals, Buttkicker LFE, Sim Gear SST Lightning Shifter , in a Hot Seat Sim chassis and 28" LCD Monitor

Favorite Sims -

PC = iRacing - Richard Burns Rally - (RSRBR 2010) - rFactor - Cart Factor mod

XBox 360 = Forza 3

PS3 = Dirt 2

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scott p. shafer

saratoga new york

44 years old

1 border collie

her name is blue

bluedogracing

just on the playstation3 online

granturismo5

need for speed hot persuit

both 911 wheels

clubsports

logitec gt wheel

19" samsung hdtv

Nascar ovals

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Charlie Needham

Waukegan, Illinois

53 years old

2 grown kids 1 girl and 1 boy

4 1/2 grand kids ( 1 on the way )

I race primarily ovals, arca08 some rfactor and some vhr trucks.

member of Simmotorsports ,(sms racing)

I have a g25 wheel and pedals

I've got a gateway gt5228 pc w/ a geforce 9800 gt card

a 20" hannspree wide screen flat monitor

used to race Imca dirt mod in wisc, but i've been retired for about 5 yrs now.

thats about it, except that I love your show and let Jess get some seat time plz.

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David Lee
Canada
Single
AGE: old ...really old ;)
Been off and on with racing sims since the APPLE II. 1st decent PC car game was Testdrive...back in ~1985 (?). I had my department buy it along with MS Flight Sim, Falcon and AH64 to use as PC graphics card tress test programs. Just put Testdrive on an infinite loop and let it run all night and the next day to see what systems I was benching were still running.

Current Occupation: retire

 

PC systems...really too many to list
Consoles: xbox and X360
Pref racing sims type: road racing.
Current fav racing sims: rFactor (mod's)

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Adrian, 30 y/o no kids. PSN ID = adriecoot

Learned to drive with Test Drive on a 286 computer, been playing racing games for the last 15 years or so (Test Drive, Stunts, The Need for Speed, Indycar Racing 1&2, Gran Turismo... etc etc). Currently playing with a PS3 (mostly Dirt 2 and NFS Shift) and a couple months ago discovered rFactor on the PC and now can't go back to playing anything else.

Honestly can't remember the last time I missed a single Formula 1 qualifying session or race on the tv. More recently became a fan of the World Rally Championship. As for sim racing, i love following the f1 calendar and learning each track before the real race driving an F1 sim. My other favorite rFactor mods besides Formula 1 are Porsche Carrera Cup, BMW 320, Clio Cup (my real life car is a Clio), Megane Trophy and IndyCar 95.

My rig currently consists of a Panasonic 32" 720p tv, Playseats Evolution and a Logitech G25 with either the PS3 or PC.

Here is my first rfactor video i did yesterday.. :D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=

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Julio C. Chacon, Jr.

Miami,FL

Greetings from the Sunshine State! I am a senior Software Test Engineer. I am 42 years old, engaged, with no kids. My passion with motorsports began in my teens when I discovered Radio Controlled Cars. By the time I was 20, I was competing in the Florida State Electric Racing Association's (FSEARA) 1/10th scale On-Road series, one of the country's most prestigious continuing series at the time. I first discovered sim racing with early titles like Bill Elliott Racing and then the incredible Indianapolis 500: The Simulation.

Since then, I've had too many racing sims/games to count! Currently, I enjoy iRacing, rFactor, and the SimBin family of Race '07 titles. Earlier this year, I formed Digital Apex Racing with a good friend whom I got hooked on iRacing. We hope to do some league endurance racing, if we can manage to find the right league to do it in. For now, iRacing fits the bill. I am currently competing the the Corvette GT Challenge, and the Star Mazda Championship. I currently drive with a G25 wheel using a 22" monitor, although I recently purchased 3 22" monitors for a new machine build I have in the works, using an ATI 5000 series card. I'm currently in the process of designing a dedicated sim-pod using extruded aluminum tubing (80/20), as my current setup sucks, quite frankly. :( I am also working on a hardware project, which hopefully, I'll be able to share with all of you as it develops. :D

My favorite kinds of racing are Sportscar/endurance racing (ALMS/ILMS, Grand-Am), F1, IndyCar, and NASCAR.

I'm currently considering getting back into R/C, but with a marriage in planning and the volatile climate in South FL with regard to the viability of permanent track sites, that may be a wish more than reality.

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Arran O'Leary

Forum Name: AzzaofOZ

Why? Because I'm from the other neck of the woods - Down Under.

Adelaide, Australia

37yrs, married no kids

Been simming since about 1981 on a C64, with my first racing sim being a game called REVS driving a F3 car around Silverstone and Brands Hatch with keyboard. Was also big fan on Papy's Indy 500 back in the day.

Since then, had a heap on console titles including Race Driver series (marketed as V8Supercars here), GT2-4, NASCAR 2004-2009. I'm a huge V8 Supercar fan and was Marcos Ambrose’s No.1 fan until he moved to the States. Since then followed NASCAR more closely and it’s now got better TV coverage here. Also watch F1 when time zones permit, but Touring cars are my passion. I’m also an avid flight sim enthusiast, having flown light aircraft in RL.

Recently found iRacing thanks to your show, and haven't looked back. I bought a G25 taking advantage of the cheaper prices with the release of G27 :) For financial reasons, I've stuck with Road Courses for the moment which I find more rewarding, but will try Ovals once money permits.

Need help on the technical bits of car setup though, as this is a bit of a mystery to me :roll:

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I'm Jaime Freitas

I live in Lewisville, Tx (DFW)

Im 23 and engaged to a woman with no understanding of racing unless its a straight line

I race on PC and Xbox 360

XBL Gamer Tag - z3phr86

I grew up in a racing family though i never did attempt to become a driver in my personal life. I spent most of my youth focusing on music. I am jojogigio's brother and he was the one to get me into the world of sim racing no more than 4 months ago. I find it to be a great way to experience at least in some form the thrills both my father and grandfather experienced before me. I am now on both iRacing and LFS and looking forward to moving up in the points in both of those games

Right now i am playing - iRacing, and LFS

Equipment - I race on a custom built rig that i put together for less than 80 bucks. Its 100% wood and very sturdy, though it only fits my 6'5 body. I have a rActive racing seat that is incredibly comfortable. Im using a logitech g27 for my wheel and pedals and im quite happy with the purchase. my monitor is a 26in vizio that pumps out images from my handbuilt nvidia nforce 680i with intel quad core 6600, 4 gigs of ocz sli ready memory, 9800gtx+ video, and sound through my presonus inspire 1394 external soundcard all being heard through a set of logitech wired gaming headphones and microphone.

Favorite sims - iRacing, LFS, GTR2, Dirt 2, Race On

I hope to see you all out on the track

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Frank Cone

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Poestenkill, New York

Xbox 360 (Forza3) PS3 (Waitingf ro GT5), PC capable of playing most games, still looking for a Sim to get into.

Wheel: Fanatec with standard (Partially defective) pedals

I race from a dedicated desk, with a 25" LCD and Xbox 360. Still trying to decide if I need a dedicated cockpit... would have an Obutto by now if they were not out of stock everytime I feel the itch to buy one and call!

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Frank Cone

Xbox 360 (Forza3) PS3 (Waitingf ro GT5), PC capable of playing most games, still looking for a Sim to get into.

frank buddy, go get rfactor right now, make sure to download the "porsche cup carrera" mod, the "eastern creek laser" track and "real feel plugin" from rfactorcentral.com and see what a real sim is all about...

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William DeBoard

I live in Kokomo Indiana while attending classes at Indiana University, other weeks out of the year I am back home in Fredericksburg Virginia

I'm 30 and have been a sim racer since 2000 off and on, video gamer since 1984.

I race on the PC, XBox 360 and PS3.

XBox 360 Gamer Tag = CaptainYamerica

PSN ID = CaptainYamerica

PC = William DeBoard, Yam, or Captain Yamerica

I have no family of my own as of yet. Was engaged (almost) once. Didn't work out. Spent most of my life after highschool working for Best Buy and AT&T wireless, then worked for Manheim Auto Auctions for a while (I worked with some of the auctioneers you see on Barrett Jackson now). I decided I was going nowhere and decided to give everything up and go back to school and pursue my dream of getting a degree in communications. A few years later, deeper in debt, but working towards my degree, just hoping things pan out in the near future.

Favorite types of racing vary. I watch all forms of motor-sports on TV. I have a friend of the family who works in NASCAR, so I follow it the most, and I live within short driving distances of multiple short, dirt, and drag racing tracks. But, when it comes to sim racing I prefer road racing, especially cart and F1. I also try Rally racing from time to time. I am really eager to eventually work up the ranks in iRacing to do some serious open-wheel racing.

Equipment = Logitech G27 wheel, Also working on my own DIY rig using the old seat out of my '99 Mustang. Currently have a 21' widescreen HD monitor, but hopefully upgrading to a 32 incher come spring.

Favorite Sims -

PC = iRacing

XBox 360 = Forza 3

PS3 = Dirt2

Anything else I left out, you can feel free to ask me anytime. I am a pretty open and honest guy.

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frank buddy, go get rfactor right now, make sure to download the "porsche cup carrera" mod, the "eastern creek laser" track and "real feel plugin" from rfactorcentral.com and see what a real sim is all about...

I totally agree. rFactor belongs in every sim racer's stable IMHO. The community aspect of this sim and ISI's vision to make a sim "for the sim-racing enthusiast community" make this a MUST OWN. It will take a little tweaking (Real Feel, etc.), but in the end, you'll look back and realize that it was the best sim-racing related purchase you ever made. I've certainly gotten my money's worth, having participated in the open networking beta and purchasing it very early after release.

Aside from the above mods, I'd heartily recommend Mid-Ohio and Laguna Seca from RFC's Hall of Fame list, not to mention the CTDP F1'06 if that looks interesting to you.

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Hello, I'm Ian Plasch, I'm 17 years old, a SR. in highschool, and live an hour away from the Chicagoland Motor Speedway.

I've been sim racing since sometime around 2003-2004, and currently run NR2k3 and iRacing the most.

You can see me on RLMtv.com on a semi-regular basis racing the Chris Plasch Incorporated 924 racing in several different leagues.

My sim racing achievments include somewere around 100 combined league racing wins, the biggest include 2 RLMtv wins and a 4th place finish overall points finish in Vidane's Superspeedway series, which was at one point the premiere superspeedway league of nr2k3 (untill they switched to iRacing, which i'm STILL not happy about :evil: )

I've really backed off on racing recently, my girlfriend pretty much consumes all of my time now, not that there's anything wrong with that =D

X-Box tag - RARChevette

Youtube screen name - RARChevette

Great site guys, and awsome show!

Ian Plasch

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Awesome posts guys !! Feeling like I'm getting to know some of you . I've read every post by the way..

Ian.. It's not ok to be consumed by your girlfriend at 17.. Here's the Dad in me coming out.. ;-) I have two daughters.. 15 and 21.. Both consumed with boys.. well men now for Kayla my 21 y/o.. It hasn't been the best for their school or futures.. it hurt mine as well.. All I cared about was girlfriends..

at your age.. stay focused on your future.. and sim racing of course ;-)

Seriously.. don't get too consumed at your age.. You'll think back to this post in 20 years and say.. "he was right".. trust me

now.. LETS GO RACING !!!

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David B-missouri

39yrs old divorced

Sim racing is just one of many hobbies that i have, I've always have had an interest in fast cars but unfortunately most of them are too expensive! I guess sim racing is the next best thing, I got the bug after going to texas speedway around 1999 and watching a nascar race. I was blown away from the experience and decided to check out some racing titles and now here I am. I also like flight sims and have logged hundreds of hours of flight time behind the stick, this is why I primarily game on the pc (simulations). Im kind of a jack-of-all-trades kinda person, I grew up on a cattle farm but my career is cadd-graphics design. Im also a part time computer tech at my job (due to company cutbacks) and I build systems on the side. My dad used to restore old cars( anything from a 1955 chevy to 1978 corvette and anything in between) so Ive turned a wrench or two in my time also. I havent owned a sports car since i was around 20 but Im dying to get the new camero, that would make a good 40 yr birthday present now wouldnt it lol!

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Hehe, thanks Darin.

Yeah, i try not to get TOO consumed with her, but when I have the option to race or hang out with her, of course I'm going to hang out with her.

Oh, i shoulda mentions I'm going to UTI for automotive technologies next fall, really looking forward to that :D . I still gotta find the means of funding for it but hey, that's what student loans are for.

Jezz, i'm really blanking out right now, i think the caffine from that capachino just wore off, lol.

-Ian

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You should talk to Shaun about UTI. He was the top grad in his class.

Hehe, thanks Darin.

Yeah, i try not to get TOO consumed with her, but when I have the option to race or hang out with her, of course I'm going to hang out with her.

Oh, i shoulda mentions I'm going to UTI for automotive technologies next fall, really looking forward to that :D . I still gotta find the means of funding for it but hey, that's what student loans are for.

Jezz, i'm really blanking out right now, i think the caffine from that capachino just wore off, lol.

-Ian

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Hey everyone!

My name is Mark Mieczkowski.

I'm 18 years old and currently enrolled at my community college and I'm going for broadcasting.

I live in Nanticoke, PA which is about an hour drive from Pocono Raceway.

I am a Sales Associate at Pep Boys.

I've been a NASCAR fan for a LONG time, I'd say maybe since I was 5.

My first racing game was NASCAR 98 for the PlayStation and it was probably the only reason why i wanted a PlayStation, lol.

I've played just about every NASCAR game that was released by EA Sports.

I like my NASCAR ovals but ever since I got my Logitech DFGT I have a lot of appreciation for road courses and are starting to like them more.

I haven't sim raced on the PC yet but as you might have seen in the Hardware forum I'm building a PC for gaming. I ordered $400 in parts so far and have about $245 to go. I hope to have it done in two weeks and hope to get some track time with you guys.

Equipment:

PS3

Soon to be complete PC

Logitech DFGT

Vizio 32" LCD HDTV

PSN ID- stompingbabies

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My name is Jason and I'm 34yrs old, I've been into racing games since NFS Porche Unlimited on the PC.

Haven't really been playing many PC sims of late but am now looking to get into rFactor and maybe iRacing.

I own a Mitsubishi Evo VI and did quite a few (expensive) mods to it and took it to Track days, was alot of fun & I learnt heaps but I was getting a little to obssessed with getting the new latest and greatest mod to go faster, so bought a Motorbike instead and am in the process of selling the Evo. I'm hoping rFactor & such will be a useful tool to continue to learn the craft!!

Ordered the Fanatec GT3RS Clubsport Edition, the wheel turned up but there seems to be an issue with the Pedals :cry: so am still waiting to be able to give rFactor a blast!

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I'm a racer with an old but still working Microsoft Force Feedback Wheel. My tastes in racing games vary from serious to casual. All dependant upon mood. Sometimes I want to crack out the wheel and do it for real, but other times I might want to use the pad or keys to race in something a bit less realistic like Trackmania United.

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Hi,

My name is Onur. I am 33 and I work as a software engineer. Before I started once again after some time, I've played Stunts, NFS, NFS Porsche Unleashed, CMR2.

This year (2009) in September I've bought a Fanatec 911 Turbo wheel and got into Live for Speed and later iRacing. Built myself a PVC cockpit (which I am yet to post in the Rigs section!).

What draws me to Sim Racing is the feel of speed and more importantly control of these incredible machines and the infinite depth and complexity of how to achieve it and improve. I love the idea of being able to do this in Sim world with (relatively) very low cost, very low carbon emissions and safely.

I am into road racing. Maybe I will be drawn to oval racing sometime in the future, for now I just don't get it :)

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Stu Mayo

24 - Automotive/Heavy Equipment Mechanic

Newfoundland, Canada

Been playing racing sims since my old 286, racing with an old CH Arcade Stick (the one with adjustable return springs)

Mostly work on my cars, when I'm not I'm trying to get around some turns on Rfactor or LFS.

Using an Intel I7 920 with 12GB of RAM, 1TB harddrive and 4870x2 ATI.

Using a patched and banged up MOMO Racing Wheel because theres literally nothing else in the region to buy for less than 400!

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