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Clampitt prepares to end his career in iRacing

William Byron eSports driver Logan Clampitt admits he’s in the second half of his eNASCAR iRacing Coca-Cola series after a disappointing start to his 2022 season.

Clampitt, the two-time championship runner-up, told RACER that his feelings towards the series have changed in recent years as he began to experience changes in his personal life.

“I feel like my mindset has been different (this season). I have a lot going on in life right now,” Clampitt said.

“I have school, I work part-time, I’m back with some really good friends in California, so I hang out with them quite a bit. I go to the gym five days a week and I train (iRacing) I have other responsibilities now, I am no longer 15. I am definitely at the end of my career and would like to focus on other things in life.

His season was marked by a mixture of bad luck and mistakes. Six of his eight races were hampered by falls. Clampitt believes some of these mishaps are the result of changes to the show’s format. Shorter races and a tougher car emphasized track position, leading to more aggressive driving and more incidents.

Along with the format changes, Clampitt took issue with the driving style of some newer series competitors. He described one of the show’s recruits as having “as much talent as wet toilet paper”.

Halfway through the 2022 eNASCAR season, Clampitt is currently 35th in the standings. If he finishes below 20th place, he will be relegated to the bottom rung of the eNASCAR ladder and will have to earn back his spot in the Coca-Cola Series – something he never had to do.

Clampitt had previously said that if relegated he would likely quit. Nowadays, however, it is not safe. Competing at the highest levels of simulation racing has been such a big part of his life for many years that it would be hard to leave him behind. On the other hand, Clampitt misses the days when he drove on iRacing for fun rather than work.

“The last time I really had fun on iRacing, you know… it’s been a long time,” he said. “It’s always kind of practice, practice, practice for the next Coca-Cola Series race and I never have time off to do anything else. That’s not necessarily why I joined iRacing in 2013.”

The word “retirement” has a different meaning in sim racing than it does in lore. Since many of eNASCAR’s top drivers are in high school and college, their retirement from the series is more often just a transition to adulthood. Nathan Lyon, a former Roush Fenway Racing eNASCAR driver, retired after last season to further his education and prepare for a more traditional career.

Clampitt will face a similar decision as he approaches his own college degree. If retirement or a hiatus from the streak is the path he chooses, Clampitt believes he can walk away with his head held high.

“If I take a year off and I’m like, ‘Oh, maybe I want to get back on the show,’ but by then I’ll be graduating from college and having a real job and real responsibilities, and financially I won’t need the Coca-Cola series,” he said.

“I’m still young and it’s a good amount of money to be in the series. I have a pretty decent car that I’m going to keep for years. I have a 2022 KIA K5 that I just bought thanks to my earnings from last year and it’s a reliable car. Financially it’s great to be ahead of most people my age, but I’m almost ready for this next stage of life.

When Clampitt looks back on his time with iRacing, he finds that the years past have brought more fun. Finding that fun by going back in time and making iRacing the hobby it started – rather than the job it has become – might be the best bet.

“I just want to have fun with iRacing,” he said. “Sometimes I would just like to race and have fun with different cars and tracks instead of just training (the same) car all the time.”

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