Logan Clampitt has been trying for years to make it to the Mazda Road to 24 Shootout via participating in iRacing. And now, thanks to Mazda and iRacing’s Hot Lap Challenge, the California teenager will finally have the opportunity to step into a Global Mazda MX-5 Cup Car at VIRginia International Raceway.
“I’m very excited,” Clampitt enthuses. “I’ve been on iRacing for six years, and it’s been a main goal of mine to get into real-life racing. Racing has been a passion of mine since I was a little kid. It’s been a goal, and we’re almost there.”
Clampitt earned the opportunity by virtue of first finishing in the top five in a time-attack-style lap of Daytona International Raceway in the first online round of the Mazda Hot Lap Challenge. That earned him a spot in a simulated race at Daytona, in which he qualified on pole and went on to win. The reward was a trip to the real Daytona for the Rolex 24, where he faced off against Chuck Mayer, who turned the fastest lap in the at-track simulators for the season.