Wheeler, Miss North Carolina Rebekah Revels and Jeremy
Photo: Pete McCole
Members of the media got a
chance to test their skills against a real NASCAR Winston
Cup driver yesterday at the Silicon Motor Speedway at
Concord Mills Mall near Lowe’s Motor Speedway to kick off
festivities for this weekend’s events at the track.
Lowe’s Motor Speedway president
and general manager H.A. “Humpy” Wheeler and Miss North
Carolina Rebekah Revels were also on hand to try and beat
Jeremy Mayfield, driver of the #19 Dodge Intrepid, in an
11-lap virtual race around Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
The NASCAR Silicon Motor
Speedway racing experience that hosted the event is located
near Lowes Motor Speedway, and there are Racing Centers
located across the country from New York to California.
The race cars are actually full motion simulators, and as
you drive, the simulator moves and feels as close to racing
as you can imagine. You can feel the jarring impact of a
crash on the wall or getting hit by another car, and you can
feel the car "push" or get "loose". It's as real as it gets!
“This is the most realistic
video game I’ve ever seen,” said Mayfield of the Silicon
Motor Speedway, where people can climb into half-size
versions of NASCAR stock cars surrounded by TV screens and
drive a virtual race. The cars are mounted on hydraulics,
allowing them to mimic the high banks and trading paint of a
real NASCAR race.
McCole shows off the spoils of his fourth place finish.
“It’s a lot like our Winston Cup
cars.” Mayfield continued, “I’ve got a Playstation 2, I’ve
played a lot of racing games, but none of them felt as
realistic as this does.”
Mayfield seemed to be the man to
beat until Joni Massengale of Women’s Racing Journal
passed Mayfield for the lead on lap nine and held on for the
victory by 1.78 seconds over Mayfield. Chris Roberts was
third. AR1’s own Pete McCole rebounded from a spin on lap
one to finish fourth, second best among the media. Wheeler
and Revels finished fifth and ninth, respectively. Revels
will serve as Honorary Race Director for this Sunday’s UAW-GM
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