GARY GIBSON: A BUSY WEEKEND AT ROAD AMERICA FOR A VERY BUSY MAN ELKHART LAKE, Wis. August 14 -- Gary Gibson, like many IMSA Lites presented by Frisby Performance Tire drivers, lives a double life, one half as a businessman, the other half as a...
GARY GIBSON: A BUSY WEEKEND AT ROAD AMERICA FOR A VERY BUSY MAN
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. August 14 -- Gary Gibson, like many IMSA Lites presented by Frisby Performance Tire drivers, lives a double life, one half as a businessman, the other half as a racer. Now throw in the mix his wife's battle with cancer and many would say it is too much, but not Gibson, he seems to be thriving on the pressure.
Gibson won his first IMSA Lites race in July at Lime Rock Park, shortly after completing the prototype for a new video game brake pedal, the Perfect Pedal, he is debuting at the Time Warner Cable Road Race Showcase at Road America this weekend.
"I don't think it's a coincidence I had the Perfect Pedal working just two weeks before the race at Lime Rock," Gibson said. "Before, the game would familiarize me with the track, get me acquainted with the terrain changes, but I couldn't practice technique. I just couldn't get threshold braking, rotating the car and all of that. You can with this brake pedal." The Perfect Pedal works with the LogitechG25, one of the most popular pedal sets on the market. Gibson has developed a hydraulic brake pedal to make playing the game much more like an actual racecar.
"They all come with three plastic cylinders with a spring inside. That's just fine for the gas and clutch, but for the brake you need it to feel right," Gibson explained. "We replaced the brake cylinder with a hydraulic one. It has a pressure sensor that senses how hard you are pressing the pedal. Its plug and play, any game that will work with a Logitech will work with the Perfect Pedal."
Gibson did a lot of simulation time with his Perfect Pedal before coming to Road America. Upon arriving at the track he was a full second faster than he was when he raced here last.
His progress showed throughout practice and he was able to qualify second for Saturday's round nine that will take place at 1:15 p.m.
Saturday morning the Gibsons will be celebrating with friends and family at the track. "We're celebrating three things this weekend," Gibson said. "Mary is completely cancer free, I'm old but I'm not slow and the introduction of the new Perfect Pedal."
If things keep going the way they have been for Gibson, he could very well be adding his second IMSA Lites victory to that list of things to celebrate.