September 28, 1998, we had the chance to do an
interview with race car driver Aaron Povoledo at
the Holiday Inn in Montreal. Aaron is an Indy car
driver, and is here today to explain how he uses
race car simulators to practice his driving
technique. Although he's not in the Formula One
rank right now, he has a lot of experience under
his belt. Yesterday, he was racing at
Mont-Tremblant, with the help of the prestigious
Players's team. Aaron finished 3rd, a respectable
place, although he seemed to be a bit
disappointed at the results. Aaron was kind
enough to join the LadyDragon team for a quick
chat. PlayStation Canada contacted us for this
exclusive interview. It was with great pleasure
that we took this opportunity to meet this young,
To start the
interview, we heard that you love to play music.
Talk to us about this interest?
(smiling) Its true, in my spare time, which is
not much, I like to play music with my friends in
a group. I am a drummer and I also play some
guitar. My favorite bands are Janes Addiction and
You are part of
the Players LTD Stable? What kind of agreement do
you have with them? And how did you approach
left for a few years to England, where I was
teaching a driving course. Then Players LTD
offered the to train me.
Aaron, have you
even met Jacques Villeneuve?
No, but I know his reputation as a Formula One
race car driver. My goal is to be in Formula One
division, but now I'm not.
did you try and which one are you training with?
And which do you
like almost all of the games. They help me with
the coordination and with the visualization of
the race track. Some games, are not very good,
but most of them are pretty realistic. Games like
Grand Tourismo, F1 Simulation Racing, British
Touring Car Championship 97, and C.A.R.T
World Series 97, manage to create an almost
perfect simulation. I even learned some tracks
using only a simulator.
On a scale of
1-10, how would you rate these games?
CART World series 97 is a 9 out of
10, it's an exellent simulation. Racetracks are
very realistic and entertaining as well. F1
Simulation Racing is a 8 out of 10, its a good
overall simulation with an excellent driving
model and the tracks are fairly good too. British
Tour Car Championship 97 is a 9 out of 10. A very
good simulation overall with superb tracks, and
are of high caliber. Other games like Grand
Tourismo are very good to train with too.
What do you have
going on with Playstation?
Playstation gives me the chance to be
known. They set up interviews such as this, and
help me with publicity. I also endorse their
If one day,
someone would offer to name a racing game off
would you accept?
I wouldn't say no... I think it would be
a great honor for me to be named after a game.
Its kind of obvious that as your popularity
grows, the respect and the responsibility of your
name grows too.
of the risk in driving race cars, do you think
that one day the technology could bring a
simulation so real, that you could have
competitions in a game, rather than running such
Its already happening. Take flight
simulators for example. The military uses flight
simulators to train there pilots. In Arizona
there is a track that's not well known, Firebird
raceway, which games have already simulated
realistically. But people always like, the real
thing, so it will never be replaced by a game.
But it can help in training.
Talk to me about
the Firebird Raceway.
is in Pheonix, Arizona. The racetrack really
teaches you how to race and is designed for the
young driver. Its already been simulated quite
well in a simulator.
Aaron, I'd like
to thank you for your time and cooperation
throughout this interview. Now one last question.
Do you play games? Or do you only play racing
Well, I would like to play more games, but I
don't have enough time. But there are some games,
that are not simulators that I like. Each games
helps my coordination, and visualization, which
are the keys to my training. Well, I want to
thank you very much, and I hope to see you in the