Driver, No. 47 eNASCAR Heat Pro League PS4
Hometown: Weston, WI
Date of Birth: 11/21/90
Platform: PlayStation 4
Car No: 47
Hobbies: Racing go-karts, stock cars, snowmobiles, PlayStation 4
Welcome No. 47 PlayStation 4 (PS4) JTG Daugherty Racing driver Zach Onson to the team that will be proudly representing The Badger State. The 28-year-old has been racing since he was only four years old. Onson started his racing career in go-karts and it didn’t’ take long before he transitioned to snowmobiles. In the winter months, the Weston, Wisconsin native and his friends raced just about anything they could get their hands on at an ice oval. It didn’t matter if it was a go-kart, a snowmobile or a four-wheeler, they would lay some ice down and put screws in the tires to race the ice.
Onson eventually got involved in stock car dirt racing that led to racing for a four-cylinder team called Seliger Motorsports on asphalt. He raced for the team at State Park Speedway in Wausau, Wis. and then he expanded into the Midwest. Onson is a true racer and he’s always trying to find ways to race all four seasons.
The PS4 driver started gaming about four years ago when he was trying to find more things to do as it turned cold. When he heard about the eNASCAR Heat Pro League, he knew he wanted to be a part of the team and play an integral role especially since he knows eSports is big right now. When he was selected in the draft, it didn’t sink in right away and his wife Caitlin had to assure him over the phone that he got picked and that this was truly happening.
Onson admits he wants to make some noise during the eNASCAR Heat Pro League season and he’s focused on winning it all. He doesn’t want to settle for anything less than a championship. To be the first champion would be a great honor for him and make the experience even that much more worthwhile.
There are many things Onson enjoys about this opportunity and one of them has to do with the camaraderie of racers. It’s a sense of community and he’s met a lot of great people in person and on or through the game. The relationships grow and everyone begins being friends outside of the everyday gaming life. Onson did say however that when the green flag is flying in the air, they are each no longer friends and it’s every man for himself. There is raw emotion and there may be some days where competitors are not happy with each other, but at the end of the day they will be right back together as friends chatting about the race and understanding each other’s situation.
With the eNASCAR Heat Pro League championship on the line, Onson is looking forward to the journey and battling for wins. Onson acknowledges that eSports is a great place to start racing because you’ve got to start somewhere and he’s excited to be a part of the team. When Onson is not racing, he spends a lot of time with his two-year-old and five-year-old daughters and his wife Caitlin. Onson admitted that both him and Caitlin are in trouble because their oldest one has been begging them for a go-kart and he assumes his younger daughter will be asking soon enough. Maybe his daughters will be the next generation of drivers for JTG Daugherty Racing in the eNASCAR Heat Pro League. Stay tuned.
*The online league features 14 teams and 28 drivers, each owned and operated by prominent NASCAR teams, and will begin this spring on Xbox and PlayStation 4 with a season stretching into the fall. The eNASCAR Heat Pro League, a collaboration between 704Games, RTA, and NASCAR, is played on NASCAR Heat 3, the newest iteration of the NASCAR video game franchise.