Tucker Minter brought home the No. 33 Team Dillon eSports machine in second tonight at the virtual Monza. After winning at Daytona, Minter is proving that his superspeedway triumph was not a fluke and he is primed to continue his strong rookie campaign.
“I expected to run anywhere from seventh to 15th tonight, but to have a race like tonight, coming home second—it’s really rewarding even if it’s a bit surprising,” Minter said of his runner-up result on Tuesday night.
Minter followed up his Daytona victory with three straight top-20 finishes, including an eleventh at Richmond before tonight. For a rookie, he is having an extremely impressive season. Most rookies in the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing don’t adjust nearly as well to the competition level. Minter is defying the odds so far.
The unique aspect of the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series this year is the diversity in the schedule. Minter and his fellow rookies came into the series during the right season. This is the most unique schedule the series has ever had, which does make it more difficult for drivers. Being versatile is what makes a driver successful in this series. Minter has proven he is able to do that.
After tonight’s run, Minter moves up to fourth in the points standings, surrounded by past champions and all-time great drivers in the series such as Bobby Zalenski, Michael Conti, and Nick Ottinger. That result also moved Team Dillon eSports up to first in the team standings, with his teammate Jordy Lopez Jr. scoring a fifth place finish as well. Being surrounded by the right people is helping Minter tremendously this season, and he is getting the results to go along with the work put in.
Minter looks ahead to yet another challenge, Talladega. After his win at Daytona, he should be considered one of the favorites going into the race in two weeks (April 25). Altus eSports, Minter’s outside race team, builds extremely fast virtual race cars for every superspeedway event. That in itself will give him an advantage.
Viewers and other drivers will want to watch Minter for the remainder of this season. To start off as well as he has is scary for the rest of the field, especially being a rookie. He’s only going to get better, and when the playoffs come around, which he will be a part of, anything can happen.
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