Auto racing: Maine drivers taking to iRacing with tracks shut down

Shawn Kimball were given a flavor of being a race director ultimate 12 months at Wiscasset Speedway, and he stated he would have completed it again this 12 months however he desired to spend extra time along with his 1-year-antique son.

Way to the coronavirus outbreak, Kimball now receives to be each a father and a race director without even going to the track.

The victory lane from Shawn Kimball’s remaining Mini stock win at Wiscasset Speedway in 2017.

Like many inside the vehicle racing world, Kimball has grew to become to iRacing for the reason that pandemic has shuttered race tracks. And the use of this system, he become a race director once more Saturday night, when his newly created Maine iRacing Invitational collection had its first race, the Dave Thompson Memorial 124. PJ Merrill of Canton, who races at Wiscasset, gained the inaugural race.

“The concept to do the league got here from both wanting to help the own family of a racer who surpassed lately, David Thompson, and knowing that nearby racing isn’t going to begin on time,” stated Kimball, who lives in Vassalboro. “NASCAR has had first rate success setting on televised iRacing events with its stars, so I figured there was lots of Maine drivers that use iRacing to do our personal model.”

Kimball opened his league to any race automobile drivers who live in Maine, have raced at a Maine race music and use iRacing. He capped entries into Saturday’s 124-lap race at 59, and each entrant had to donate at the least $2.40 — a small ask with a nod to the past due Thompson’s No. 24 car quantity. The competition mixed to elevate $1,050 for Thompson’s own family, Kimball said.

Thompson, a resident of Jefferson who died in March on the age of forty four, competed at Wiscasset the past two summers.

Kimball, a former Wiscasset competitor himself, become one of the entrants in Saturday night’s race (finishing 16th), which he hopes might be the primary in a league he intends to run till the actual cars can get lower back at the tune. next week the series will shift to usa international Speedway, that is a now-closed 3/4-mile music that become placed in Lakeland, Florida.

Cody Childs of Auburn, who competes at Oxford Plains Speedway (that is featured on iRacing), turned into one of the drivers entered into Saturday’s race, finishing 7th. Childs, who drives in Oxford’s Outlaws division and formerly raced going for walks Rebels vehicles, changed into searching ahead to struggling with in opposition to terrific overdue model drivers, whose style of was used for Saturday’s virtual race.

Bobby Timmons III of Windham has revel in in those vehicles, however currently runs high-quality changed motors. He become also entered into Saturday’s race.

Timmons, who has been virtual racing “approximately every other night” since the pandemic forced all people to live home as a lot as feasible, stated his first exercise with competitors in Kimball’s league changed into difficult due to the fact drivers couldn’t adjust their vehicle’s setup.

“i really like that it’s constant setup,” Childs said. “It’s all approximately the driving force.”