Corvette Racing’s 2011 season could have gone a little better. Through most of the races, the team struggled, and podium finishes were hard to come by. But there was one race — that some would argue is more important than any other race of the season — where the team managed to seize victory. That race was none other than the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the winning drivers were Olivier Beretta, Tommy Milner and Antonio Garcia in the No. 73 Corvette C6.R.
Of course a race like Le Mans takes immense preparation and demands more physically and mentally than any other race on Corvette Racing’s calender, just from the sheer duration of the race. But the 24-year-old Tommy Milner developed a special way to get ready without ever having to leave his basement, all thanks to a racing sim, and a home-made rig featuring a 52-inch television screen, a Recaro racing seat yanked out of a BMW M3 race car (the team Milner used to race for), Logitech G25 wheel plus a BRD Speed 7 pedal set (that he apparently uses barefoot).
Milner honed his driving skills on the simulator by driving around 2 hours on the sim during a week he’s not racing, and increases his time to 2 hours a day during the days leading up to a race. Will this approach help you become the next Corvette Racing driver? Grab some PVC piping and some glue, there’s only one way to find out.