ABOUT

John Gorlinsky

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TWITTER:
@john_gorlinsky

HOMETOWN:
Manasquan, New Jersey

RESIDES:
Harrisburg, North Carolina

BIRTHDAY:
July 31, 1989

eNASCAR CAREER STATISTICS:
2010 – 2013; 2019 (Pro Series)
61 Starts | 4 Wins | 20 Top fives


Coming from a small beach town in New Jersey, Gorlinsky wasn't drawn to the normal activities of kids his age – he was interested in motorsports. If it had wheels and an engine, he loved it.  At the age of 5, Gorlinsky started sim (simulated) racing on the original NASCAR racing simulation in the mid-90s, and has been hooked ever since. 

Younger than most of the competitive sim racers he was rubbing fenders with, Gorlinsky had no problem keeping up with the big “kids”. In the early 2000's, Gorlinsky raced in Dale Earnhardt Jr's. famed DMP Racing League and made friendships that still last to this day.  

In 2008, Gorlinsky was invited to participate in beta testing for iRacing. The Virginia Tech student gladly took the opportunity and quickly rose through the ranks to be one of the best. Gorlinsky competed in the first iRacing eNASCAR World Championship in 2010, earning a win at Daytona International Speedway and finishing sixth in the championship point standings. 

2011 marked the New Jersey native's best season to date with two trips to victory lane and nine top-five finishes. Gorlinsky battled to a second-place finish in the points. 2011 also marked another major milestone as he graduated from Virginia Tech with a Mechanical Engineering degree and made the move to Charlotte, North Carolina were he joined the engineering team at Chip Ganassi Racing. 

Gorlinsky competed for two more seasons before hanging up his steering wheel and laptop to focus on his career and family. However, racing was still calling to him and in 2019 he returned to competition in the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Series. The veteran sim racer won two of the seven races last season to finish fourth in the Pro Series and secure one of the 40 spots in the 2020 eNASCAR iRacing World Championship Series field. 

In December 2019, he signed with William Byron eSports and will be paired with fellow sim racing veteran and North Carolina-native, Nick Ottinger for the 2020 season. The duo will be driving for NASCAR Cup Series driver and passionate sim racer himself, William Byron. Now 30, Gorlinsky sees himself as one of the “old guys” of the group competing against the kids, but he is still as hungry as ever and ready to return to victory lane.