Performance Tech Motorsports has been among several IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams that are not only featuring its drivers and team livery in IMSA’s iRacing Pro Series but also utilizing crew members from its real-life organization.
The Florida-based LMP2 squad, which along with the entire IMSA paddock have been sidelined since January’s season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona, have been put to work in the virtual world, with the team’s engineer and spotters assisting drivers Cameron Cassels and Kyle Masson in the races.
According to team principal Brent O’Neill, it’s been an all-hands-on-deck approach for its pair of virtual BMW M8 GTEs in the iRacing-based series.
“This has really been a learning curve for everyone,” O’Neill explained. “Drivers have always used simulators to lay down a few laps before the weekend but now we’ve got the whole team involved.
“We have our engineers working on setups, we’re coming up with strategies and we’ve got spotters for all for the guys.
“It really is a taste of being at the track without leaving your house.”
Cassels and Masson are gearing up for Thursday’s fourth round of the season at virtual Road America, with the Canadian set for his third consecutive outing in the invitational series.
Having tested two “widely different” strategies in the previous races, Cassels said he is looking to follow a “hybrid” plan this week.
Masson, meanwhile, will step back into the No. 38 Centinel Spine-sponsored BMW the 90-minute sprint race, having made his series debut at Mid-Ohio last month with encouraging results, having run inside the top-ten.
Cassels and Masson are typically co-drivers in the team’s Oreca 07 Gibson.