It's easy to look at racing video games as just a time waster or a hobby. In reality, though, they're often powerful tools for aspiring racers to learn tracks, race craft and how to set up a car in an easily accessible, risk-free environment. We aren't just talking about proper computer-based sims, like iRacing
. Console-based racers like Forza Motorsport
and Gran Turismo
provide a test bed for racers of all sorts.
For Mario Bonfante, Jr., a former motorcycle
racer that was involved in a brutal accident that left him in a wheelchair with only limited use of his arms, Forza
is a bit more. It allows him to perfect the setup of his personal racecar, a heavily modified E46 BMW M3
, complete with hand controls.
Check out Mario's inspiring story.