Jared Meade joins SAVAGE SimSports
, 24, is a former Angry Angus Racing member. He started his LFS career in 2009, while he had raced in many simulators for a long time. In real life; he works in Industrial inspection and quality control and lives in New Brunswick, Canada. But during the weekends he enjoys his hobbies, for instance karting. Although having tight budget, he is racing against big drivers with big teams with really good equipment. Even if he is driving an 8 year old, not very competitive kart, he is very close to the top guys.
To get to know him more, we had a brief interview with Jared.
How did you found your way to sim-racing?
Hard to say... I was born in 1988 and I remember playing Indinapolis 500 The Simulation (released in 1989). I have always played racing-related computer games and began online racing when I was very young. I had to lie about my age in order to get into my first Nascar online league (in 1999), I was 12 and the rules stated you had to be at least 13 years old). It is hard to say exactly, I just always liked car racing and got in young.
What happened with Angry Angus Racing?
AAR just sort of slowly petered out over time. We were never able to grow beyond 4 drivers. I liked having a small team, but that is also dancing on the edge of disaster. And disaster sort of happened - one guy had his wheel break and lost interest in sim-racing in general, and the other two guys are very busy with university right now. We merged with Race Green Autosports for the GT1 World Series and I enjoyed my time with those guys and I wish them the best of luck in the future.
Why did you join SAVAGE SimSports?
After deciding to close AAR, I thought it was smart to figure out my future before I officially closed the doors. So I began to look through various team lists to find a team where I would fit in and have the most fun. I feel I am about in the middle of the speed level at SAVAGE, so I can learn and improve off of guys, but can also contribute. I also wanted a group where I could just have fun and not take things super seriously. My slogan with AAR was "this is just a computer game" and I think SAVAGE is very well grounded in understanding that fact and keeping things fun.
What have been the highlights of your sim-racing career; LFS career?
Before coming to LFS, I was an 8-time champion of the New Brunswick Virtual Racing League (a small, casual NR2003 league) but because the group was so casual, it was hard to really take pride in those achievements. For me, it was this years GT1 World Series 24 Hour round for 3 reasons: the fact that my little team was able to attract guys like Yann Laprevotte and Kevin Leu to race with us, the effort that EVERYONE on the team put into the event, and clearly the final result (3rd in Amateur class, it is so special to have those podium screenshots).
What type of racing do you like most?
In real life, I am not fussy. If it moves, I will race it or watch it be raced. For LFS, my heart is in GTR endurance. I just like the team nature and the fact that it is more of a thinking man's style of racing as opposed to just go fast!
We are proud to have Jared in our team. We hope he won’t regret his decision and enjoy his time in SAVAGE SimSports. If things turn out well, Jared will have his first race with SAVAGE next Sunday when the finale of New Endurance Challenge takes place.
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