Esport Racing Champion Dylan Archer to Make Real Track Debut Sunday

Alicia Tipcke
Updated: July 12, 2020 04:49 PM

The thrill of the race track drew Dylan Archer to the Brainerd International Raceway, all the way from Texas.

The 21-year-old is set to make his Trans Am track debut on Sunday. He qualified 11th out of 16th during Saturday's qualifying races.

While new to this style of track, he is no stranger to the sport. Dylan is the son and nephew of former professional racers Bobby and Tommy Archer of Duluth.

"I have a lot of pressure having the Archer last name but, you know, they both know that. We're realistic and we know that it takes time and you have to learn. So we have reasonable goals, I would say, and we're working towards those and I think we can achieve them this weekend," said Archer. 

The Archer brothers, Bobby and Tommy, went on to win over 15 championships throughout their careers.

Following in his father's footsteps, Dylan started racing at around four years old. He recently found success in online racing, notching two eSport championship victories this year.

For the last nine weeks his online opponents have been the drivers he'll face in-person on Sunday. He said the virtual simulation helped prepare him for the real track.

"Everything is laser scanned to the millimeter, so whenever you're at a track and you see a bump or feel a bump, you know that track is there in the simulator. It teaches you a lot of race craft which is a big key of racing, knowing when to make a pass and when to do what," said Archer. "It's been a lot of fun to convert from simulator racing into real racing."

Archer will make his debut in the TA2 series race Sunday at 11 a.m in his Camaro. The event is 40 laps.


Alicia Tipcke

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