Back in October of last year, NASCAR driver Ross Chastain secured himself a spot in the NASCAR Cup Series championship race thanks to a stunt inspired by NASCAR 2005 on the GameCube.
In the final moments of his most recent race, Chastain had to make a move in order to secure himself a spot in the NASCAR Cup Series. Chastain used wall-riding to squeak into a position high enough to progress to the championships. It’s no doubt a move many of us have used in all sorts of racing games, but in this instance, it paid off big in a real-life way.
When Chastain was interviewed about his amazing maneuver, he was quick to credit NASCAR 2005 on the GameCube with the idea. Apparently it’s a stunt he pulled multiple times in that game to secure victory, and now we’ve seen it translate to real-life. Who said videogames are unrealistic?!
Now, a few months removed from that event, NASCAR has stepped in to let racers know that they won’t tolerate this tactic anymore. NASCAR has said that any violations deemed unsafe for Competitors, Officials, spectators, or others will result in penalties and more. As you might guess, the wall-ride maneuver is specifically named as an example of an unsafe tactic that won’t be allowed going forward.