Throughout the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series season, we’re going to profile some of the series’ top drivers every week. Be sure to check back each week to see who we’re featuring next! This week, we shine the spotlight on former series champion, and the winner of our season opener at Daytona, Michael Conti of JR Motorsports:
Hometown: Woodland Park, NJ
When did you start sim racing? 2002 – 5yrs old
Pre-race meal of choice? Anything light – salad, soup, etc.
What’s on your pre-race playlist to get hyped up? Logic, Chicago 19, Aerosmith, Styx (yes, my playlist is very diverse)
My secret talent is: I can play the drums!
My day job is: Used Car/Reconditioning Parts Specialist at Hendrick BMW
My real-world daily driver is: 2020 BMW M4 CS
If I had a choice, my super power would be: Telepathy – I’d really love to know what others are thinking sometimes…
Do you have any pets? No.
How would you describe your driving style? Methodical, calculated, quietly aggressive. I liken my driving style to that of Matt Kenseth and Mark Martin.
My biggest accomplishment on iRacing is: 2014 eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series Champion.
The coolest part of being on my eNASCAR team is: Getting to drive for my childhood idol, Dale Jr., is truly a dream come true. Being able to create not only a professional, but personal relationship with him over the last three years has been nothing short of amazing. Dale and everyone at JR Motorsports have helped my career tremendously over the last three years and have given me a platform I would’ve never had otherwise.
When I’m not running in eNASCAR, my favorite cars to run on iRacing are: Being that I now drive an M4 in real-life, I enjoy taking the M4 GT3 prototype out for a spin when I’m not knee deep in the Cup car.
If you could add any non-Cup Series track to the eNASCAR schedule, which would you pick and why? I’d love to see the series go to Lime Rock Park. The course is short and narrow, which keeps the racing close and the action intense at all times.
It’s the season finale and you’re in the Championship 4. Your biggest rival is leading the field to the green flag and you’re starting second. How are you getting the job done? Many other drivers have gone on-record saying that they’d “wreck their grandmother” for a chance to win an eNASCAR championship. When asked this question over the last several years, I’ve never given that answer. Why? To me, the monetary prize does not influence how I execute a race. I joined this series because I wanted to win, succeed, and make a name for myself. I’ve done that and proven myself as a clean driver who can get the job done with getting fenders bent and feelings hurt. If it comes down to a GWC finish where I need to gain one spot to win the eNASCAR title, I plan on executing the restart and ensuing corners in such a way that I’ll be in a position to capitalize on the leader’s vulnerability and come away with another championship.
Finally, where can we follow you on social media and streaming? Twitter: @MikeConti5 – Instagram: @MikeConti5 – Twitch: www.twitch.tv/MikeConti5
In-sim photo via Justin Melillo