Behind the Visor is a series that will give you a glimpse into the life of drivers on the Evolution Simsport team. These drivers come from all over the world, all different life styles, but find common ground in their love for racing and competition. In this series we will take a look at the, self proclaimed, most charismatic member of Evolution Simsport Manuel Tolentino.
Name: Manuel Tolentino
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Background: Manuel grew up as a motorsports junkie which he fell in love with at a young age. During his childhood he grew an admiration for several different varieties including Endurance racing, GT Racing, and most importantly NASCAR. He accredits his love for motorsports to his father, who was also very much enthused by the sport and craft of racing.
Manuel found success in his teens in regional autocross competitions throughout Florida, and eventually took that passion to iRacing. Last year he had top 10 finishes in both the Le Mans 24-hour and the Nürburgring 24-hour.
He has grown an admiration for iRacing because it is the closest you can get to the real thing, and doesn’t break the bank… too much. iRacing also brings the unique ability to let you potentially race against real life drivers who are using iRacing to practice, or just for fun. The reason Manuel has chosen NASCAR specifically to hone his skills in is because it’s not just about raw speed. The battle of wits with pitting, choosing when to pass, and knowing how to save your tires in dire situations has always been a point of interest that bridges the gap of speed and intelligence. Something that has always thoroughly intrigued Manuel about racing.
Setup: GT Omega Art Cockpit. Fanatec Clubsport Wheel v2.5. Fanatec v3 Pedals.
Vehicle Choice: Chevrolet Silverado
Series Driven: NASCAR C-Open
You can catch Manuel racing Here as well as his fellow drivers throughout the season on the Official Evolution Simsport Facebook Page.
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