Michael Conti

Name
Michael Conti
Birth Date
April 6, 1997
Hometown
Woodland Park, N.J.

Michael Conti enters his third season of competition with JR Motorsports in the eNASCAR iRacing World Championship Series, coming off an appearance in the Championship 4 at season's end and a third-place finish in final points.The 23-year-old New Jersey native is eying a return to the winner-take-all event in 2021 and taking home the title.

The driver of JRM’s No. 8 Chevrolet in the top eNASCAR series enters 2021 with WR1 Sim Chassis colors on his car for the second straight season. Last season, Conti broke a long winless streak in eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing competition at Texas in the penultimate race of the season, giving Chad Wheeler's company its first victory with JRM.

Conti and teammate Brad Davies finished second overall in team points for the season in 2020.

Conti began his sim racing career in 2002 at the age of five, and despite his tender years will embark on his 17th season as a sim racer in 2020. Conti received NASCAR Racing 2002 as a birthday present from his father, along with a wheel and pedals. Father and son would spend hours racing, tuning and simply having fun. When the original computer eventually went the way of all machines, Conti switched to the console gaming units and continued his education.

In 2009, Conti overheard an interview with team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. in which he was extolling the virtues of iRacing. That lit the flame that Conti keeps going today. “He (Earnhardt Jr.) was talking about how he and his buddies would get on there and race, that it was a ton of fun, like the best thing out there,” Conti remembered. “I saved up some money, begged my Mom and Dad to get me some sort of computer to run iRacing, and they did. I’m very thankful for that. I got my start in iRacing in late 2009, and I’ve worked my way up through the ranks since then.”

He won the 2014 eNASCAR iRacing World Championship Series title and has earned 11 race victories during his time in the series.

In 2020, Conti racked up a victory at Texas Motor Speedway and added four poles, seven top-five and 12 top-10 finishes in 20 starts. He also led 268 laps.

In 2019, Conti came a whisker from competing in the winner-take-all eNIWCS finale last season, eventually finishing seventh in the final point standings. Over the course of the season, Conti earned three poles, three top-five and eight top-10 finishes in 12 races, leading 308 laps.

While he spends his off-time working on his eNIWCS career, Conti’s days are filled by his duties as a service manager for the Hendrick Automotive Group, the massive automotive concern owned by Hendrick Motorsports founder and JRM co-owner Rick Hendrick. 

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