We at OverTake present our Hero of the Month for February: sprint car enthusiast and iRacing champion Alex Bergeron.
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Hard work, dedication and an undeniable set of skills: Alex Bergeron managed to win his third title in a row as World of Outlaws iRacing world champion on January 26. With another impressive addition to his trophy cabinet, we decided to choose the undefeatable Canadian as our Hero of the Month for February.
Let’s learn more about the world champion and what he is doing if he is not currently collecting another victory.
Once a racer, always a racer
Like many motorsports enthusiasts, Alex’s passion started very early. His father used to race and therefore continuously supported his son. The now 20-year-old has always had a strong interest in dirt racing. His idols are icons in the sprint cars scene: 20-time World of Outlaws champion Steve Kinser and Donny Schatz who sports 299 wins to date. To Alex, these drivers are picture perfect on the track and encapsulate his own aims: being organized, ready and optimistic.
As traditional racing comes with extremely high financial costs, Alex practiced on the virtual tracks and played games such as Gran Turismo, World of Outlaws 2002 and NASCAR: Dirt to Daytona when still a child. In 2013, he ventured into iRacing and his career took its course.
The king of iRacing‘s World of Outlaws
Despite his young age, Alex can already look back at an extremely successful track record. The talent has claimed him not one, not two but three consecutive titles as world champion in the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Championship Series. Naturally, these three crowns are the proudest achievement in his career so far. For him, it all came due to hard work, dedication and passion.
Esports racing comes with loads of adrenaline. Alex states that the most exciting moment is always the final race of the world championship series. Or being in a close fight for the lead in the last few laps. However, he shouldn’t be too stressed during these moments. In the past world championship, he scored nine finishes in the top five, including four victories across all ten rounds. In the last event, he needed to finish in at least 11th position out of 20 participants. The driver from Quebec still put in all his hard work and ended up in fourth place. This elevated him to a lead of 23 points overall – more than enough to take home the golden trophy and the $10,000 prize money.
Practicing for his ultimate goal
As an esports driver with this many achievements, what is Alex’s ultimate goal in his career? He wants to make it to the highest level in real-world dirt sprint cars with iRacing as a background: World of Outlaws. The Canadian has already made his first steps in this field – or rather first laps. He tested a World of Outlaws Sprint car and went for a ride in other vehicles. In 2017, Alex even claimed a trophy in his first 305 sprint car race at Castrol Raceway.
But how is the diligent iRacing hero outside the virtual roads? Well, he is still working hard on his career or more precisely, on his new business, ABR Setup Shop. He wants to help the iRacing community by coaching others in how to excel at dirt racing. He is extremely excited at the prospect.
If he’s not working, Alex enjoys reading, going for a walk or watching a series. He explains that as he and his better half are working hard with the race team, it is important to take a few moments to relax.
World of Outlaws @NosEnergyDrink Sprint Car Series @iRacing champion Alex Bergeron gets a few tips from @CBellRacing before he gets to drive a Sprint Car himself @TheDirtTrack. pic.twitter.com/krtA4D3zBn— World of Outlaws (@WorldofOutlaws) November 6, 2019
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