Chris Gabehart on iRacing with Denny Hamlin and resuming the 2020 season
By Nate Ryan, NASCAR on NBC Sports
The two-time Daytona 500-winning crew chief for the No. 11 Toyota of Denny Hamlin on how he finds benefit in iRacing by running practices races with Hamlin, and learning to improve communication (3:00); his passion for iRacing and how long he’s been involved (4:30); his racing background in Super Late Models (6:00); how many wins in real life vs. iRacing and his history with owning a simulator (8:30); how iRacing can help build the Gabehart-Hamlin relationship, particularly in a world without practice (10:00); the difference between how IndyCar and NASCAR are approaching iRacing (12:30); what he’s learned from watching Hamlin on Twitch (14:00); getting a rare window into a driver’s mindset with the helmet off (15:00); what makes Hamlin so good at iRacing (17:30); how iRacing is a level beyond IROC (19:30); what the absence of fear – and the pressure of big-time sponsorship -- mean (20:30); is he glad 7-year-old Taylor Hamlin won’t be ending a No. 11 race on a real track anytime soon? (22:00); what the preparations for the 2020 season have been like (23:00); what will be the biggest obstacle facing teams? And the impacts of social distancing on teams (25:00); what’s been happening at Joe Gibbs Racing (27:00); how is the No. 11 approaching the rest of 2020 after starting off so well at Daytona but then having a long layoff? (29:00).