Matthew William Bussa (born June 30, 1994) is an American professional sim racing driver. He currently competes full-time in the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series, driving the No. 34 Toyota Camry for Gale Force Sim Racing and Radicals Online. Bussa, who began his NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series career in 2013, has a best points finish of 7th (2014 & 2015) and a best race result of 2nd. He ranks in the top 20 all time for top 5s and top 10s. Bussa also competes regularly in the NASCAR iRacing Series, the VRS GT Series, and the Global Mazda MX5 Cup. His iRacing career includes 1215 wins, 2201 top 5s, 1187 poles, and over 44,000 laps led. In the NASCAR iRacing Fixed Series, he leads several all-time statistics including most wins, most poles, and most laps led.
In addition to his NPAiS efforts, Bussa is known to be an avid road racer. He advanced to the final round of qualifications in every Mazda Road to 24 Challenge and is currently leading the Mazda Hotlap Challenge. Matt Bussa's road racing career on iRacing extends to the VRS GT iRacing World Championship Series, where Bussa competed from 2016-2017.
- 1 Early Life
- 2 iRacing: NASCAR Career
- 3 iRacing: Road Racing Career
- 4 iRacing Career Results
Bussa was born in 1994 in Arlington Heights, Illinois to parents Frank and Diane. He is a big Chicago Blackhawks fan. He is an only child in the family. Bussa began kart racing at an early age, after catching the eye of a national karting champion, Phil Gordon, in 2005. Over the next decade Bussa achieved considerable success on the go-kart racing circuit, earning eight series championships and three track championships. In 2013, he graduated from high school and had to put his racing on hold. After attending Bradley University for the next four years, Bussa earned a degree in Management Information Systems. This helped him secure a job at KAR Auction Services as a Data Analyst, which is his current occupation. A long time NASCAR fan, Bussa became a fan of Dale Earnhardt after seeing his first race on TV at Bristol in 1999. Upon Earnhardt's tragic passing in 2001, Bussa then became a massive Kevin Harvick fan and continues to root for him every race.
iRacing: NASCAR Career
Matt Bussa joined iRacing in the summer of 2009. His first laps were turned in the Rookie Pontiac Solstice at Lime Rock Park. From 2009 through 2011, Bussa spent much time racing the Legends car and the Pontiac Solstice. Advancing through the license system, Bussa became eligible to race in the iRacing NASCAR Truck Series. This series is where he made a name for himself and ran against World Championship drivers. Being able to compete with such high-level drivers helped him decide to pursue a World Championship license himself. The end of 2011 is when Bussa first began to learn the NASCAR Cup car. Having no team at the time, Bussa decided to wait until 2012 to attempt to qualify into the NASCAR iRacing Pro Series. After narrowly missing out from a Pro Series qualifying spot in Season 2 of 2012, Bussa managed to qualify into the NASCAR iRacing Pro Series in the Season 3 of 2012, however still without a team.
2012: NASCAR iRacing Pro Series
Bussa entered the 2012 Pro Series hoping not only to earn a World Championship license by finishing in the top 20 in points, but also to find a team. Heading into the first race of the season at Daytona, Bussa and Gale Force Sim Racing driver Dylan Duval partnered up to work together in the race that featured tandem drafting. After the duo scored a respectable 5th and 6th place finish, Bussa was approached by team owner Nick Ottinger and soon became a member of Gale Force Sim Racing. The rest of the Pro Series was a consistent and quiet one for Bussa, who scored 7 top 20 finishes in 9 races. The effort was good enough to finish 12th in the overall standings and more importantly obtaining a NASCAR iRacing Series World Championship license.
2013: World Championship Debut
Matt Bussa made his debut in the World Championship at Daytona. His best finish of the season would come in the first race where he crossed the line in 4th place. Starting towards the back of the field for most of the season, Bussa had a rather quiet first year in the series with 2 top 5's and 5 top 10's. The effort was good enough for 12th place in the final standings. His strongest race of the season came at Kansas Speedway where he qualified 2nd and scored his 2nd career top 5 finish in a wild race.
iRacing: Road Racing Career
Global Mazda MX5 Cup
Road to 24 Challenge
iRacing Career Results
eNASCAR iRacing World Championship Series
(key) (results in bold indicate pole position; * indicates most lead laps)
|2013||Gale Force Sim Racing||4||15||37||16||27||28||19||16||18||6||21||10||13||DNS||10||5||23||20||12th||462|
|2014||Gale Force Sim Racing||34||16||88||14||17||13||6||24||11||2||31||5||6||4||30||29||7th||447|
|2015||Gale Force Sim Racing||12||3||42||11||9||11||22||35||20||19||14||7||12||11||20||9||7th||449|
|2016||Gale Force Sim Racing||43||18||6||39||21||5||13||23||38||16||16||13||DNS||11||39||37||25th||324|
|2017||Gale Force Sim Racing||27||9||DNS||39||10||7||17||DNS||4||4||10||40||25||34||42||36||24th||320|
|2018||Gale Force Sim Racing||7||12||(31)||24||4||16||3||4th||3033|
VRS GT iRacing World Championship
(key) (results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)
|2016||Gale Force Sim Racing||83||Brandon Buie||(33)||13||26||13||19||19||20th||115|
|Michael J Johnson|
|2017||Gale Force Sim Racing||83||Brandon Buie||48||16||30||39||33||DNS||34th||86|
|Michael J Johnson|