Sunday, April 14 2024

Best texts you’ve gotten so far, most surprising texts?

I don’t know of a text, but the whole Jake Gyllenhaal thing [on Instagram] was pretty cool. So he was interacting with me on social. And I guess he was watching the 500 yesterday. It’d be nice to have him out for a race. That’d be cool.

You learned your initial skills in online racing [with a gaming product called iRacing]. So some people would think how hard can it be if you can learn it on a computer. Can you explain how it helps, in what areas of racing?

It’s a really complex answer, because I feel like the things I learned on iRacing helped me with my race craft and my speed and just learning how to get the most out of the car. But when you get in a race car, there’s so many senses you have to go through — your senses are heightened. There’s a lot more pressure. Crashing hurts. There’s a lot of things that don’t directly relate, but you have to be able to translate from one to the other. And with sim [the high-tech racing simulators] being as big as it is now [to set up the cars], I feel like the iRacing was always an advantage for me because I felt like I could feel the car really well.

Do you have a gift to yourself? I assume there’s some good bonus coin for winning the Daytona 500?

I don’t know. I’m just going to go home and eat some ice cream and maybe some Fruit Loops and just enjoy it. I’ll probably watch the whole race back. I usually do that. 

Bob Pockrass covers NASCAR for FOX Sports. He has spent decades covering motorsports, including over 30 Daytona 500s, with stints at ESPN, Sporting News, NASCAR Scene magazine and The (Daytona Beach) News-Journal. Follow him on Twitter @bobpockrass.

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