Got my first iRacing subscription back in 2011 while I couldn't get the LFS patch to work. So did a few races with a controller back then.
Got the interest back as soon as I saw that team racing was soon a feature. Got myself a wheel and bought a one years sub. Spent my time racing WSCS in the FGT and Vette in the GT1 series before I had to switch to the C-Spec due to low participation on the FGT.