Friday, 15 November 2019

Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Vehicle of Choice May Surprise You – The Wall Street Journal

Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Vehicle of Choice May Surprise You – The Wall Street Journal
14 Aug
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I’m a minimalist when it comes to carrying things—I rarely have a wallet or cash on me. But my Vofolen phone case is great for carrying a few credit cards. I put my Nascar license in there just so it’s handy.

Illustration: General Motors

My favorite car in the garage is a beautiful blue 1976 Chevy Laguna. I just love the 1970s, especially the late ‘70s. The fashion, the automobiles, everything.

Remember how stripped-down videogames were in the ‘90s? Now I can turn a few laps in VR playing a PC game called “iRacing.” It’s incredible! Wearing an Oculus Go headset, it’s like you’re sitting in a real car going around a real track. As a racer, I wouldn’t drive in VR if the perspective was the least little bit off. It’d bug the hell out of me.

Photo: Strava

The greatest thing about cycling is the community. You can use smartphone apps like Strava to keep track of rides and tons of people will comment on them to support and encourage you. I use a Garmin Edge 1030 bike computer, a heart-rate monitor, power meter and a cadence meter to record all forms of data, from calories I burned to miles logged.

At the track, an iPad Pro is one of my most important pieces of equipment. Our sport has always been tech-driven, and with an iPad or laptop, we can tap into Nascar’s network and watch our live scoring to see where we stack up. Of course, I also play a lot of ‘PUBG’ and other videogames on it with friends.

Photo: General Motors

I also own a 1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442. It’s not a hot rod or muscle car—it’s a giant tank. But at the 1980 Daytona 500, Nascar’s biggest race of the year, eight of the top 10 cars at the starting line were Cutlass 442s. I love cars that have that kind of connection to our sport.

When I hook my bike up to my Wahoo KICKR smart trainer, I can ‘race’ tons of real people using Zwift—an app that lets me ride down the virtual streets of London or New York any time.

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