DAVENPORT, Iowa — Report by Race Chaser Online Managing Editor Jacob Seelman — Stroker Aces photo —
One of the stalwarts of Real Sim Racing, as well as the 2014 champion of the sanctioning body’s =RSR= Full Throttle Cup Series (FTCS), will not be on the virtual grid in 2016.
Davenport, Iowa sim-racing veteran Eric Brundies announced Tuesday night that he will be taking a leave of absence from the series that he has called home over the past three years.
“Effective immediately, I will begin a temporary hiatus from [Real Sim Racing] due to matters unrelated to the league,” Brundies said. “I have so many people to thank from the last two years that it would be impossible to list them all in such a short statement. Over the past two seasons, we were fortunate enough to run at a very high level, that included a record-breaking championship season in 2014 and coming just a handful of laps short of [adding] a second title in 2015.”
“I couldn’t have done any of it without my teammates over the past two seasons … and most importantly, the support and vote of confidence from the founder of RSR and Stroker Aces owner John Abbott, for which I will remain forever grateful. I wish the admins, media members and all of my fellow competitors the best of luck in 2016, and hopefully it won’t be long before the No. 94 [car] is out on track again!”
“Eric is one of the smartest drivers I have ever seen in sim racing,” added Brundies’ team owner, John Abbott. “He has proven that during his stint in the Full Throttle Cup Series, and it was never more evident than during his title run in 2014. He led our team last year and kept us in the running [for the teams championship], but due to attrition we couldn’t help him finish the deal. He will be missed this year, and we look forward to seeing him back on the grid in the future. ”
Since 2013, Brundies has compiled an impressive resume in the FTCS ranks driving for two-time FTCS championship team Stroker Aces. Including his 2014 series championship, Brundies has racked up eight series wins (fourth all-time), two poles, 36 top five, 52 top 10s and 792 laps led in 75 points race starts.
Last season, Brundies parlayed a two-win season into a berth in the Championship 4 Round of the Chase for the Full Throttle Cup. He eventually finished 27th in the season-finale at Homestead Miami Speedway after being involved in a late-race accident, placing him fourth in the final standings.
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