When Daniel Morad isn’t piloting his AMG GT3 machine in the IMSA Weathertech Series, he’s streaming on Twitch for fans to enjoy. Since he’s one of the few who know, how close is iRacing to the real thing? Daniel talks about his favorite track, worst crash, his merch line, and he recaps his biggest win at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. Follow Daniel at twitch.tv/moradness

Transcript of interview:

Brian BEONDTV:
Hey, this guy can race. He’s won 25 times, been on the podium more than 50 times. He races in the IMSA series right now and of course, you could always follow him racing online and join his community and join his smile on his twitch stream at Moradness. Daniel MORAD is my guest today. Hey there, Daniel, nice to have you with us today.

Daniel Morad:
Yeah, thank you. Good to be here.

Brian BEONDTV:
Awesome. People can watch you literally all over the place, can’t they?

Daniel Morad:
Yeah, I mean, since COVID, started a I guess you had to be pretty creative. And luckily, I jumped, jumped on at the right time online and, and discovered Twitch, which is an online streaming platform among many others. But is it’s definitely the leader, I would say. And it’s a community based platform, which is great, because that’s kind of something I’ve tried building over the past few years, with my company called Moradness which is a lifestyle clothing company that really blends the line between apparel that you can wear at the racetrack, and also lifestyle where that’s suitable to be worn outside the track. You know, we don’t want big manufacturer logo across the chest number, go to dinner kind of thing. So, you know, the whole, that whole company has been built on community and same with the online streaming deal. And it’s been awesome to be able to kind of fill the void in between race weekends and connect with the fans.

Brian BEONDTV:
Well, I know, obviously, you’re a real time racer. So the first question that a lot of people are going to have is, how close is it from everything you’re doing online to you sitting in a race car and going around that racetrack?

Daniel Morad:
I mean, the major difference is, number one, you hit a wall on the SIM, it doesn’t hurt.
I mean it could though. Steering wheel forces are pretty high. And if you don’t let go, you can actually hurt your thumbs and wrists. But yeah, I mean, the big thing is, you know, the danger is quite low, I would say. And the sense of feeling, you know, you don’t have that deal of the car kind of moving underneath you. So once you can kind of get around that and adapt to some new senses and utilize, it’s like driving blind in a sense, you take away one sense and your other senses are enhanced. So in a way, the sim has improved my driving in real life, because I’ve had to focus so much more on my visual references rather than feeling the car. So I would say a huge, a huge element of my performance this year, my increase in performance, if you will, has come from my extensive time on the simulator. And you know what, at the end of the day racing is racing, so doesn’t matter if it’s a shopping wagon, doesn’t matter if it’s a virtual car. I mean, if you put me in a competition, I just want to win.

Brian BEONDTV:
I know you won kind of the Super Bowl of IMSA back in 2017… won the Rolex Daytona 24 hours. What’s that even like, for the common man to even understand?

Daniel Morad:
That was a crazy experience. Because, I mean, I could talk to you for hours about the whole the adversity of the career so far. But you know, at one point, for me, I thought I was going into Formula One with, you know, some Formula One development teams, and that was a sign Junior driver. And it didn’t work out. due to financial reasons, I would say, you know, it’s business at the end of the day, they didn’t. The team didn’t want a Canadian driver. Because of their business plan, interest and kind of stopped racing. Actually, for four years after winning a world karting championship formed the BMW title. You know how to have I’ve had a lot of success in the past and it all kind of crumbled and ended. One team named Alegra Motorsports identified my ability, I called them up, I’m like, hey, so you guys need a driver for next year kind of

Brian:
Oh, that’s, that’s how you do it, man. That’s the way to do that.

Daniel:
I cold called them! I’m like, Hey, you know, let’s see. And I had… they gave me a test because they saw my extensive background and championships and, in the first test, I broke the lap record at Canadian Tire motorsport park on officially in Porsche GT free cup. Then, you know, won a title with them won the Porsche Canadian title, won the North American Title and the team put me… they basically got a car for me and the team owner son to race in the Rolex 24 at Daytona and we won that first shot. So it was pretty crazy, pretty crazy experience from having four years of no racing, thinking my career’s over, fighting through it all and winning one of the biggest races in the world. So that was my never give up attitude. And that’s kind of propelled me to where I am now in my career.

Brian BEONDTV:
Alright, I’m gonna do a couple quick questions. I’m gonna throw them out and I just I’m looking for real quick answers here. Your favorite car to race?

Daniel Morad:
Mercedes AMG GT3

Brian BEONDTV:
There you go. You’re supposed to say that. Favorite brand of car?

Daniel Morad:
I’ll get in trouble. Yeah, probably no you know what Mercedes honestly is grown on me. I was a big supporter for Alegra Motorsports to switch to the Mercedes so Mercedes for me right now is the best GT3 car currently to drive. That’s the one.

Brian BEONDTV:
Okay, favorite track to race?

Daniel Morad:
Watkins Glen.

Brian BEONDTV:
Really?

Daniel Morad:
Yeah, I like the new surface. It’s the highest grip surface I’ve ever driven in the world out of any European track. To feel that much grip is the best feeling ever. Like every driver wants to feel grip and really you can drive almost you can go a little wide a little narrow. It makes the race-ability of that track. Very, very nice.

Brian BEONDTV:
GTD, LMP2 or IndyCar?

Daniel Morad:
Probably LMP2. IndyCar – I love watching it. I have a huge respect for it. But you know I’m 31 now and I see how hard those things hit walls. The walls are very close.

Brian BEONDTV:
Your worst crash?

Daniel Morad:
Worst crash? Thankfully haven’t had many good probably 2009 2008 I think it was in zandvoort a one gp 290 kph down the straight hit a puddle. Like the race should have been stopped. There was a river across the track. I was lining up for my first podium and my first a one GP race and just lost the car in a straight line and smashed the wall like probably 160 kph straight on way straight on. Yeah, skip the gravel trap is fun. Got bruises? I mean that was a big one. My shoulder achedthough.

Brian:
Bruised? That was it?

Daniel:
Yeah, I walked away. I was fine. All right, thankfully.

Brian BEONDTV:
That’s not bad. Cross fingers that that remains your worst crash forever and ever. What about that racing rig behind you? How much that thing cost?

Daniel Morad:
That rig? I don’t even know because a lot of sponsored really hook up that you can check it out on twitch.tv/moradness. You want to see it. We have a nice overhead camera that kind of shoots over top of it. But if I was to guess probably in the ballpark of 35k it’s not motion rig. The steering wheel itself is five grand alone and there’s three of them sitting there so. Thankfully sponsored. It’s beautiful! I love the the rig. I spend so much time in it. I’m coaching constantly. When I’m not online streaming, I’m coaching and helping someone else you know achieve their their success and you know achieve their goals. So that’s fun for me

Brian:
Nice. So where can people find you on social media? Obviously at Moradness on Twitch, right, that’s where your stream all the time.

Daniel Morad:
Yeah, so twitch.tv/moradness. If you search Moradness on Twitch, you’ll find me.I’m a Twitch partner so it’s easy. I believe it comes up easily in the search bar. And then on Instagram pretty active. They’re really pushing to get to that next milestone 20,000 followers. So if you’re watching me of Instagram, and you want to see just for the simple, just pure sympathy follow. I answer every message Just so you know, I’m really adamant on that. Like I really want to connect with community. So Daniel Morad on mostly every social media platform at Moradness for the company. So you can get a pair of your beautiful simracing gloves which Rumor has it you can gain up to two tenths of a second per lap.

Brian:
I noticed that on your website, find your two tents. Yeah, that’s what you claim!

Daniel:
So apparently it works. I don’t know. It’s okay. What do they call it – the placebo effect? I think it’s placebo. Yeah, yeah.

Brian BEONDTV:
Yeah. You may or may not get you two tenths of a second. Yeah. Daniel, it’s been a pleasure, man. Good to meet you. Thanks for your time today.

Daniel Morad:
You as well. Thanks for having me. Thanks.