Images via Eric J. Smith (1); Michael Guariglia (2); Brandyn Proudfoot (3); Simraceworks TCR Series (4)
Real-world motorsport may be on hold, but the sim racers of Jim Beaver eSports have been keeping the racing bug alive through excellent performances in virtual motorsport events of all types. Over the past week, the team has seen some of its biggest accomplishments to date. Here’s a look at just some of what top JBeS drivers have done recently:
- Michael Guariglia returned to the winner’s circle in the #15 Polaris RZR Ford Mustang in NASCAR iRacing Series action from Homestead on Wednesday. Guariglia’s win came in the top split of Open setup competition, where he faced off against multiple eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series and real-world NASCAR drivers, and was his 141st Oval victory on iRacing. After starting 20th, he took the lead with 35 laps to go and never looked back.
- Eric Smith was one of the top performers in Thursday’s eTruck Series Night in America Powered By FilterTime.com, running in the top five all night in the #9 Big Green Egg/Carolina Sim Works truck and leading late into the 100-lap race from Atlanta Motor Speedway. The event came just two days after a top-10 qualifying performance for Smith in the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series round from Homestead-Miami Speedway. And on Sunday, Smith wasn’t just a spotter for Landon Cassill in the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series—he also loaned his computer to Myatt Snider, who attempted to race his way into the FS1 broadcast through a transfer race for NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series drivers.
- Matt Everhart’s work made it onto six cars in the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series event from Homestead, including four of the cars that raced on FS1. Everhart’s best-finishing paint belonged to Bubba Wallace, who finished seventh. Other cars painted by Everhart in the main race were driven by Michael McDowell, Chase Elliott, and seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, while Myatt Snider and Stewart Friesen drove with Everhart’s paint work in the transfer race.
- Keith Jeffery and Dave Bodio are preparing for the start of a new EastWest Modified Series season after finishing first and second in last year’s points. Additional JBeS drivers including Rob Rafferty, Justin Thompson, and Joe Lusk have also made appearances in EastWest events over the years.
- Brandyn Proudfoot, Justin Thompson, and Rob Rafferty all competed in Sunday’s Quarantine 50, hosted by the real-world Short Track Super Series. Proudfoot fought his way to a second-place finish in the #22 General Tire Super Late Model, placing behind only defending iRacing World of Outlaws Sprint Car World Champion Alex Bergeron. The event featured over 120 drivers and two qualifying servers, with Proudfoot winning the second server race from the pole and starting eighth in the overall feature. Thompson brought the #98 General Tire Super Late Model home ninth, while Rafferty took contact from another driver in the last chance qualifier that ended his race early.
- Aside from his top-10 in STSS action, Thompson won In The Zone Racing’s Dirt Pro Late Model event from Fairbury American Legion Speedway. Starting 10th, Thompson cut through the field to take the lead before the halfway point, and never looked back.
- Rafferty added a runner-up finish in Dirt Street Stock action in the Bootleg Racing League from The Dirt Track on Charlotte on Friday night. You can replay the GSRC stream of the action here.
- Bobby Sandt Jr. earned the right to compete once again in the iRacing World of Outlaws Sprint Car World Championship for the 2020 season. While Sandt will be taking a sabbatical from this year’s championship, his stellar results in the qualifying series—10 top-five finishes in 24 starts—more than proved his capability to run up front with the best dirt oval racers on the service.
- Connor Parise continues to carry the JBeS banner in TCR racing with the Audi RS 3 LMS TCR. He took the championship lead in the Simmortal Simraceworks TCR series and kicked off the Apex Racing League series at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course with consistent enough results to hold third in points after the opening event.
- Cam Pedersen earned his second straight victory in the RekLes Racing Series, taking the checkered flag at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park after posting the fastest laps in both practice and qualifying and working his way back up to the top after a five-truck qualifying inversion. Pedersen fought off challenges from real-world short course veterans like Sheldon Creed and Connor Barry on the way to the win.
- Jeff Mapes’ focus on public racing has seen him dominate in both rallycross and short course events. In rallycross, Mapes won once and added two podiums in three visits to Hell Lankebanen, iRacing’s newest rallycross track; the results were even better in short course, as he won twice in Pro 4 at Wild West Motorsports Park and took three out of four wins against a 12-truck Pro 2 field at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.