Charlotte, NC- (December 12, 2014) During the day Justin Bolton is a sophomore at the University of North Carolina Charlotte majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a motorsports concentration.
At night the 20 year old Latrobe, PA native hones his racing skills behind the wheel of his No. 36 NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series race car at his desk in his apartment right off the campus of UNCC. You see Bolton along with 40,000 other racers are a part of iRacing, a hyper-realistic racing simulation that allows drivers of all skill levels to compete in different types of race cars, at different types of race tracks against those of the same skill level.
“I started iRacing about four years ago in their lowest series, the Legends cars,” stated Bolton. “I was actually looking into racing a Legends car and found that I could train in the car online and it helped me prepare for my launch into the series.”
Justin excelled in Legends cars winning the Rookie of the Year at Lake Erie Speedway and the National Semi-Pro Race of Champions and credits his winning the Race of Champions due to practicing online at Atlanta before he ever saw the track.
The road for Justin over the next three years saw him rapidly advancing up the iRacing ladder winning nearly 22 % of the races he entered. During this time Bolton’s racing career also advanced going from Legends cars to Limited Late Model to the NASCAR Late Model series within that time frame.
“I saw a definite correlation with my iRacing success with my actual racing career, “added Bolton. “I joined a team with the 2013 NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series World Champion and I knew I had to step up my game.”
In early 2014, Justin participated in a 10 week “Pro Series” season which was one step below the NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series and had one win. This made him eligible for the 2014 NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series. Over the 32 week 16 race season Justin recorded two Top 5’s and 6 Top 10’s giving him an incredible 10th place finish in points and the highest finishing rookie in the world. Justin can compete in more than the NASCAR Peak Series which includes races in Class C (Trucks), B (Nationwide Cars) and A (Cup Series).
“I ran 244 races in all of the divisions and won 67 times which put me 8th in overall total points in the world,” said Justin. “I know it sounds confusing but the NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series is the pinnacle of iRacing but I am also allowed to race in lower tiered divisions. To finish 10th in the NASCAR Peak and 8th overall in the world is something I am very proud of.”
In 2015, Justin will compete in the entire 16-race NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series as well as another 200 races with high hopes for an even better season. Bolton believes that they are a championship caliber team and if they go out and race for wins the points will take care of themselves.
“I want to go after the championship,” exclaimed Justin. I would win $10,500, a championship ring, a trophy, a trip to the final race of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and be introduced on stage prior to the race as well as be recognized as the best in the world. I guess the most fun part of 2014 was that Dale Earnhardt Jr., who is an avid iRacing enthusiast finished below me in the points standings. My goal is to race against him in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and hopefully someday I will live that dream.”
To achieve the goal of racing in the NASCAR series, a driver must have corporate support. Justin is actively seeking corporate partners for 2015 in order to continue to race in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. For more information, please contact Justin at firstname.lastname@example.org or Rolfe Schnur Motorsports Marketing at 954-224-8661.