Ever wonder how race car drivers train for such an intense sport? Turns out, it’s not that far from what you do for fun at home. We recently caught up with NASCAR driver Ryan Reed to talk about his training and love for the sport. One of his key training tools is the Logitech G27 Racing Wheel. Check out the full conversation below as Ryan explains the importance of racing in his life.
Logitech: Why do you train with Logitech Wheels?
Ryan: Venturini Motorsports (VMS) uses the Logitech Training wheels to provide a very realistic value to the training process. In order to achieve success in higher levels of racing, we believe drivers must enter the scene as prepared as possible, and as well rounded as possible. Drivers must be mentally and physically driven to have a leg up on their competition. The Logitech G27 Gaming Wheel provides this type of preparation because its force feedback is so great.
Logitech: When do you use the Logitech Wheel to train (vs. training outdoors on the track)?
Ryan: I use the G27 wheel when preparing for a race. I typically practice at home with my personal wheel each evening. VMS encourages developmental training through the use of a racing simulator. This allows for scheduling future training sessions when weather may not permit outdoor training, and drivers have extra time to practice.
Logitech: Did you always think you would be a race car driver?
Ryan: I have dreamed of being a race car driver for as long as I can remember. I began kart racing at the age of four, and have continued ever since.
Logitech: Did you play racing video games growing up?
Ryan: I am only 18…when did I stop growing up? It’s continual.
Logitech: Do you still play for fun now?
Ryan: Yes, there is no better way for a racer to have fun and prepare for his profession.
Logitech: What are the best racing video games you’ve played?
Logitech: What is the best part about racing?
Ryan: On a daily basis, I get to do what I love most in life.
Logitech: What is the worst part about racing?
Ryan: At times, I miss being away from my family so much. I reside in North Carolina, while my family lives in California – but I know that NC is the best fit for me professionally, at this time.
Logitech: What would you do if you weren’t a race car driver?
Ryan: I would certainly find some way to be involved in the racing Industry.