Jim Beaver eSports driver Bobby Sandt Jr. qualified on pole, dominated his heat race, and led half of the 30-lap feature in Wednesday night’s iRacing USAC World Championship presented by FloRacing season finale from Fairbury American Legion Speedway. Sandt posted the fastest lap of the main event at 12.695, more than three tenths of a second faster than any other driver, and crossed the line third for his first podium finish of the season.
“I have to thank everybody—there’s such a big support group within the team,” said Sandt. “My spotter, Bobby Rafferty, was a huge help with line placement and making sure I was clear on sliders. Thanks to Jim Beaver, General Tire, 4 Wheel Parts, Impact, Vision Wheel, 07 Design, DirtFish, and Sandt’s Racing Fabrication for the support!”
Wednesday night’s result, combined with strong performances throughout the season, ensured that Sandt would tie for fifth place in points with James Tiernan. The Pennsylvania native also tied for fifth-most laps led in the series with 38 and won multiple heats throughout the season before saving the best for last at Fairbury. With the fastest laps in qualifying, his heat, and the final, Sandt was consistently fast throughout the night in the season finale, predominantly riding the high line.
“The track was tough for sure, especially the rate that it changed,” he explained. “It was like the flip of a switch. I sent it in, just like I did every other lap, and there was nothing there for the rest of the race. It was a bit of an ice skating rink up there, but I still think it was the fastest way around the track. It was a lot of fun, that’s for sure!”
Sandt’s third place finish the team’s first iRacing World Championship podium since being acquired earlier this year. Jim Beaver eSports made its debut in the eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series over the summer with drivers Michael Guariglia and Eric J. Smith, and acquired the assets of Reignition Esport later in the year to build a world-class esports organization.
“Jim Beaver eSports has been a great deal,” Sandt added. “It’s great to be a part of the organization—we all get along really, really well, meshing with the PEAK guys as well. This is our best run of the season. It’s been a bit of a struggle bus for us, both here and in rallycross, but we’ve kept our heads up and kept on going.”
With the iRacing USAC World Championship now in the books, Sandt returns his focus to the Thrustmaster iRacing Rallycross World Championship alongside teammate Connor Parise. After both drivers made the final last week at ISM Raceway, the DirtFish Subaru WRX STIs will aim to do the same this Saturday at 2PM ET at Iowa Speedway on the iRacing eSports Network.
Alongside the team’s rallycross efforts, multiple Jim Beaver eSports drivers will compete in oval events over the next week. Rafferty, Dave Bodio, and Keith Jeffery, among others, are expected to return to the EastWest Modified Tour for the Three Tap 113 at Stafford Motor Speedway on Thursday night, airing at 9PM ET on the Full Velocity Racing Network. In addition, Guariglia and Smith will return to action next Tuesday at 9PM ET on Podium Esports for eNASCAR iRacing Pro Series action at Dover International Speedway, with both fighting for eNASCAR World Championship licenses for 2020.