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  • David Phillips
    Editor And Chief
    David Phillips is a long-time contributor to print and electronic publications in the U.S. and abroad, including Racer, Autosport, AutoWeek, Motor Sport and SPEEDtv.com, oversees the daily updating of news stories and assigns, edits and contributes feature material for inRacingNews.com.
  • Wil Vincent
    Contributing writer

    Wil is a 25 year old student, town planner, and sim racing commentator, most well known for his work as the lead commentator for GlacierTV. Wil got into commentating through his college student radio, where he also worked as a journalist and interviewer, covering gigs and festivals within the UK, and joined GlacierTV in February 2012, becoming lead commentator a month later. His work culminated in him commentating on the 2013 iRacing.com World Championship Grand Prix Series, iRacing Indy 500, and iRacing All Star Race. When he gets in the virtual cockpit, you'll normally see will taking on the thrill of IndyCar Oval racing, or trying his hand in GT action

    Outside of iRacing, Wil's an avid IndyCar fan, having watched the sport since the late 1990s, and always looks forward to the Month of May. He also enjoys watching NASCAR, Formula 1, and V8 Supercars.

  • Brooks Westfall
    Silver Crown Writer

    I've been sim racing since 2011 when I joined iRacing. I've jumped to many different sims, including rFactor, Richard Burns Rally, and the famous NASCAR Racing 2003. I picked up a copy of NR2003 with my birthday money when I was only 9, but was limited to a keyboard and a controller. After reciving a G25 for Christmas in '11, I've loved sim racing and the community iRacing has. I hope to end up writing for a car magazine or website in the near future, and intend on attending university to accomplish that.
    Aside from my career in sim racing and the real world, I hope to have my own small, yet functional race team soon with the purchace of a go kart. Since I'm currently residing in Maryland, I don't have a wide range of racing to choose from. My only options on a small budget are drag racing or kart racing. After the completion of my senior year in high school next year, I hope that inRacing News and other affiliates will help my dreams of writing for Road & Track become a reality!

  • Jeff Jacobs
    Contributor

    Jeff Jacobs started autocrossing with the SCCA in 1990 while a student at the University of Florida. He has competed in the SCCA's National Tour and ProSolo series since 1995, winning a ProSolo National Championship in H-Stock in 2011 driving a 2010 MINI Cooper. Jeff completed his SCCA Club Racing drivers' school in 2012 at Roebling Road in a Spec Miata. He currently writes a column for the SCCA's Northeast Division in SportsCar Magazine and is the Region Executive of the Philadelphia Region SCCA.

    Jeff joined iRacing in October 2012. After starting with the MX-5 and SRF cars, he has been concentrating on the Ford Mustang FR500S, competing in the iRacing.com Mustang Cup series and the Continental Endurance Sports Car Series.

  • Cam Stark
    contributing writer

    I began taking sim racing seriously about a year ago, but have loved motorsports from a young age. I began following Formula One first, then realized there are a huge variety of motorsports to watch. iRacing has opened my eyes even more to the diversity and volume of “real world” motorsports, let alone on the sim itself. With the huge varieties of series to choose from, you're spoiled for choice!

    Ever since I began iRacing, I wanted to improve on my ability, be it road or oval. Having not really heard about oval racing prior to November last year (blame the UK press), my mentality towards it has totally changed from what it would have initially been - it's awesome! I recently began road racing again - in the Star Mazda - and have been having a blast ever since. On top of racing the series I have the privilege of writing the articles for iRacing News.

    In all honesty I have surprised myself on iRacing. From being a fairly casual gamer/racer, it's been a world of difference, but it has far exceeded my expectations. I had a very brief stint driving in rFactor leagues, but I found my place of sim racing on this service, and I can't see myself stopping anytime soon.

  • Justin Sutton
    series contributor

    Justin is 29 and lives in Texas with his girlfriend and three dogs. Although always a fan of road racing growing up, Sutton never got the chance to participate in Sim-Racing until 2012 and didn't join iRacing until 2013. The son of a writer, and former resident of Connecticut and Philadelphia, his interests vary. Currently Sutton is a co-owner of YouTube channel focused on racing games and simulators and more specifically Formula One along with his partner Mikko from Finland (BoxBoxBoxGaming). Currently Sutton writes the Skip Barber F2000 and Lotus 49 articles (and the occasional F1 article) for iRacing News, and doesn't get nearly enough time to race the cars he writes about.

    Gaming is a big part of Sutton's life as well as he is both viewer and broadcaster on Twitch along with his girlfriend of seven years. In addition to being an aspiring writer he is a skilled speaker with a focus on commentary of races and hopes one day to do commentary for road racing of some kind.

  • Matt Holden
    Contributor

    Matt Holden began his involvement in motorsports at an early age, moving to Charlotte, NC when he was 6 months old. Growing up next door to a NASCAR TV personality, racing has always been a major part of his life. Currently studying Mechanical Engineering at UNC Charlotte, Matt works for US Legend Cars International as a technical inspector and race official at local tracks such as Charlotte Motor Speedway and Concord Speedway. Within iRacing, Matt is the Crew Chief for Gale Force Racing's #05 car in the NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series, as well as Chassis Engineer for the team's R&D program.

  • Paul Slavonik
    iRacingNews Series Writer

    For all intents and purposes, Paul Slavonik was a late-bloomer to racing. Growing up watching NASCAR drivers such as Davey Allison and Earnhardt Sr. was the furthest extent of Paul’s racing aspirations at the time. Fast forwarding 20 years, Paul began watching the UK show Top Gear and thus ensued a fascination with all things fast. Soon after, Paul stumbled upon iRacing.com and has been hooked on racing ever since.
    A United States Army Veteran, Certified Audio Engineer and aspiring author, Paul spends his time hanging out with his wife and working on his first book. Currently residing in Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), TX, his favorite racing series is the Australian V8 Supercars (go FPR!) and he has recently joined a local ChumpCar racing team. Paul began writing news stories for iRacingNews in January of 2014 and currently covers the GT3 Challenge Series and the V8 Supercars Series.

  • Thiago Izequiel
    Contributor

    Born in 1985 in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Thiago Izequiel is a graphic and web designer, go kart racer, aiming to get a career in motorsports. He started racing in 2007 and joined iRacing in 2010. Thiago lives in Maricá, a little town located in Rio de Janeiro state, around 60km far away from Rio de Janeiro city. In 2014 he started to write for iRacing News and also started to design layouts for racing cars.

    Working as a freelancer today, he started working as a designer in 2006. After a few years working in web design agencies, Thiago decided to follow his dreams and quit his job to work with a racing driver named Suzane Carvalho in 2011, on her driver's school. Things didn't worked out as expected and Thiago, after getting jobs as a front-end developer and social media content developer, went back to the dream path as a freelancer so he could have more time to focus on his driving career.

  • Tom O'Leary
    author

    Tom is an 18-year old student from London, UK. Tom started sim-racing quite recently, although his passion for motorsport started at an early age, watching BTCC since the late 90s. Tom has since then expanded his interests in motorsport, watching Le Mans 24hr (and endurance racing as a whole) as well as the DTM, F1, and since starting to write about the NASCAR iRacing Series - NASCAR!

    Tom appeared on the sim-racing scene by trying out rFactor, rFactor 2 and then iRacing - where he spends most of his time racing in the Star Mazda Series where he has claimed third and then second overall in the two full seasons he has competed. On the oval side, Tom has completed a few races in the NASCAR Class C (Fixed) although he most enjoys the road side. Tom is an active member of Friction Racing, a team which focuses on the Star Mazda and the Williams-Toyota FW31, with the aim of reaching the Pro Series - and the iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series.

    In his personal life, Tom spend time with his girlfriend (they have been together for two years) and likes a variety of games and has started to livestream his races/gameplay on Twitch, to give an insight to his approach to racing and gaming.

  • Jack Davidson
    Staff Videographer

    Jack is a recent grad from Boston University with a passion for filmmaking as well as racing. He grew up playing games such as the Need For Speed series, Gran Turismo, and more recently, the GRID and DIRT franchises.

  • Jason Lofing
    iRacing.com Series Writer
    Jason is 21 years old and was born and raised in Elk Grove. California. A big time NASCAR fan, he hasn’t missed a race on Sunday in years. Lofing is also a huge San Fransisco Giants fan and tries to take in at least a couple games a year. Other than sim racing, his biggest (and far more expensive!) hobby is photography. Although he is rather new to sim racing, Lofing has already accomplished some pretty impressive results, qualifying for the 2011 iRacing Oval Pro Series in Season 1, 2011, winning the inaugural Landon Cassill Qualifying Challenge and finishing runner-up in the second one.
  • Katier Scott
    Contributing Writer
    I am a veteran sim racer who first started racing way back in 1993 on the SPRTSIMS section of Compuserve with a league who can trace themselves all the way to the present. Within that league I act as Chief Steward and try to bring the unique viewpoint that this experience gives me into my articles.
    I have a BA (Hons) in Journalism and Editorial design and have been writing for seven years and currently cover the Lotus 79 CTC and Radical series alongside my freelance work. Living in the UK, as well as motorsports I love Photography, Arts and Crafts and reading.
  • David Ifeguni
    Contributing Writer
    I was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1988 and moved to Midland, Michigan when I was two years old. I stayed there until third grade when I moved to Farmington Hills, Michigan and now I currently live in Naperville, IL where I'm attending Metea Valley High School as a 9th grader. In the past, I have participated in soccer and this year I plan on joining swimming or water polo. My family includes my 15 year old sister, a 7 year old sister and my mom and dad. I have been writing since 6th grade and have participated in many writing contests in my school and have received several awards for writing.
    My fascination for motorsports began when I was nine. The first NASCAR race I watched on TV was the 2009 Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway, won by Kasey Kahne. My favorite NASCAR drivers are Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr, and Jimmie Johnson. I have watched all the races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series since 2010. I currently have three wins on iRacing, two of them in the Nationwide car at Daytona and one in the Street stocks at Charlotte. My favorite car and type of track on iRacing is the Nationwide Series (B Class) car and superspeedways.

Setup “Meritts” Success at Homestead

by Seth Eggert on March 6th, 2015

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Week Eleven of the 2015 Season 1 iRacing.com IndyCar Oval sent the series Homestead-Miami Speedway. A total of 112 sim-racers took to the track near Miami Beach throughout the week. Aero-push, cautions, handling, lap traffic, pit road entrances and exits, pit strategy and tire wear were just some of the storylines that played out throughout the week of IndyCar sim racing in South Florida. Christopher Demeritt (New Jersey) started on pole with Vick Caudill (Michigan) on his outside, while Nigel Marneef (Benelux) started third with Connor Cross (Ohio) fourth and Brandon Trost (Pennsylvania) rounded-out the top five starting positions. Even as Demeritt got off to a good start, Marneef pulled alongside his championship rival Caudill. Marneef easily cleared Caudill in Turns One and Two with Trost in tow. Trost jumped [...]

They Knew Ty Was Here

by David Phillips on March 6th, 2015

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Majeski may not have won the Speedweeks SLM title, but the competition sure knew he was there.

It’s true you can’t win ‘em all.  Equally, finishing runner-up isn’t always the next best thing to winning; not when somebody else made sure the competition “knew we were here” by contending for victory rather than settling for second. With a win and three top six finishes in the seven race 2015 World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing, Ty Majeski certainly made sure the competition knew he was at New Smyrna Speedway from February 12 – 20.   Trouble is, the event lasted through Saturday, February 21.   Majeski missed the series finale after severely damaging his iRacing.com Ford Fusion during Friday night’s Super Late Model race. “That was a heartbreaker for sure,” he says. “We were in the points lead and started twelfth or something and came through the field.  [...]

Uusi-Jaakkola Untouchable at Interlagos

by Wil Vincent on March 5th, 2015

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The iRacing.com World Championship Grand Prix Series offseason saw some big moves up and down the field, but the most interesting were perhaps at the ‘Big Two’ teams, where Coanda Simsport and Team Redline added new talent to their ranks. Coanda’s big recruits included the 2014 Pro Series Champion Mitchell DeJong along with Rocco Barone, whereas Team Redline added the dynamic Finnish duo of Aleksi Uusi-Jaakkola and Olli Pahkala to its roster. All eyes naturally focused on the new boys’ performance for the first round of the championship, to see if they were up to the challenge. Turned-out, they were, as a number outperformed their long-standing team mates. Qualifying at Interlagos is always tough. It has the shortest lap of the season, and therefore the tightest fields, and when you [...]

‘Tired’-out in Atlanta

by Paul Williams on March 5th, 2015

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Atlanta's rough 'n tumble surface played havoc with tires and drives alike.

This past week the NASCAR iRacing Series visited Atlanta Motor Speedway, a track kind to those who understand one important facet of racing – managing tire wear. Consistently across both the Fixed and Open series drivers’ chatter focused on the impact of tire wear and the difficulty in tire management over the long run. “Took only two tires on the final stop, which was a fatal mistake, and lost two laps due to the car being un-drivable,” said Mike Ellis who finished 13th in his first Fixed start for the week Thursday night. Fortunately for Mike, he learned from his mistakes and was able to drive on to two solid top five finishes in the later sessions. “Took only two tires on the final stop, which was a fatal mistake.” [...]

Taking Bumps and Lumps at ‘lanta

by Jake Hayes on March 5th, 2015

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A promising qualifying run did not translate to a great finish.

Week 1 of the 2015 NASCAR iRacing Series season takes us down south to my home track located in Hampton, Georgia! Every year  this is one of the best  races to watch (although I am a bit biased on this topic) and I often go to this race. I sadly wasn’t able to make the trip to the track this year, but I was able to race it using iRacing’s beautiful laser scanned edition of the track. Atlanta is one of the bumpiest tracks on the NASCAR Sprint Cup calendar. Knowing this, getting your car to travel over the bumps smoothly without killing the car’s speed is something my team and I focused on heavily. After getting the springs, bumpstops, etc. at the correct settings to maximize speed over the [...]

Brands Hatch Records Fall in GTC Week 11

by Jeff Jacobs on March 5th, 2015

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Wyatt Foster (#4) leads Todd Honczarenko (#2) and the rest of the Mustang and Jetta competitors past the green flag on his way to setting new world record qualifying and race lap times at Brands Hatch.

As if a brutal battle for the final class championship podium spots were not enough, Week 11 of the iRacing.com Grand Touring Cup saw world record lap times for qualifying and racing smashed in two classes at Brands Hatch. One sim-racer claimed three of those four world records by posting the top qualifying times in both the Mustang and Jetta classes, while setting the fastest ever race lap in the Mustang. Meanwhile, in the season championship standings, the points battle for the final two podium positions in all three classes remains agonizingly close. Wyatt Foster has been making a late-season splash in the Mustang class by claiming the top qualifying time four weeks in a row and the top points earned three weeks in a row. While a long-time iRacing [...]

Behind the Scenes: The NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series powered by iRacing.com – Two Wide and Handsome

by Matt Holden on March 4th, 2015

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Just repeat this formation for 16 rows and you have the race!

We had this grand plan laid out last month:  We’d get a decent finish at Daytona and use that as a springboard into a good season.  Instead of wadding the Daytona car up before the first pit stop, we’d just sail under the radar, get away with a few dents and scratches and start the season proper at Las Vegas without ever uttering the phrase “drop week”. This year would be different! It wasn’t.  The hopes of a luck-filled season disappeared before anyone had begun discussing what to do on the first pit stop.  All six of our Gale Force Racing drivers had settled into their respective positions on track, stuck in whichever lane they had wound up in at the time.  While our spotter, Peter Fisher, hadn’t let off [...]

Burnin’ Rubber and Money

by Dylan Schmidt on March 4th, 2015

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Week 2 – Atlanta After last week’s 11th place finish at Daytona, I sat down and did some projections in the budget.  With my $5 million loan from the bank, compounding at 2% interest per week, we would have to finish in the top five every week in order to stay on track with the loan repayment.  That doesn’t really leave any room for paying for new cars if we need them.  And honestly, what are the chances that we will finish that well?  Not good!  So, the smart thing is to pay off at least half of that loan right now, while there is still money in the bank.  That will take the interest payments down to a manageable amount, and leave us enough money to operate for at [...]

Magic Martin Wins At The Magic Mile

by Matt Rolfe on March 3rd, 2015

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Last Thursday night, the Sim Auto Racing Association’s top division, the RB Performance Super Late Models took to the unforgiving flats of New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the New Hampshire 103, and their 6th week of racing in the 12 race schedule. The feature event would be a 103 lap endurance with 23 drivers entering the show looking to capture the magic of The Magic Mile. After practice and group qualifying, Bill Martin would take the pole over Ty Spearman with a time of 30.486 seconds. As the green flag flew, Martin would take the early lead with Spearman following in 2nd and being closely tracked by Nicolas Moreau, with Mickey Kudlicki and current series points leader Cody Kelley also in the top five during the opening laps. For the [...]

Multiclass Ballet at Interlagos

by Niel Hekkens on March 3rd, 2015

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On February 15th NEO held Round Four of the NEO Endurance Series at Autódromo José Carlos Pace, better known as Interlagos. With a couple of wide straights and a tight inner section, this track would be a big challenge for the drivers. And a big challenge it was. The first hours of the race was eventful with a lot of avoidable contacts. Once the drivers got into a flow the racing became very intense, but clean. Radicals Online in Full Attack Before the race Coanda Simsport’s championship lead over Radicals Online stood at 45 points. Therefore Radicals Online needed to launch into full attack mode in the final two races and hope for Coanda to spill some points. As expected Radicals Online attacked mode right from the start. Coanda Simsport [...]

Tanson’s charge: Almost complete

by Cam Stark on March 2nd, 2015

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star mazda Brands Hatch

Brands Hatch; a circuit in the United Kingdom with a lot of heritage. Home of the British Grand Prix for a total of 12 seasons (intermittently) between 1964 and 1986. Gerhard Berger (ex-Ferrari F1 driver) once said that Brands Hatch is “the best circuit in the world,” which is by no means an easy feat for any track. With the layout staying largely the same over the years and only being changed-up to modern standards, it certainly is a track which can be called “A New-Classic.”  It’s a driver’s favourite, and with nine mostly fast, flowing turns over a mere 2.433 miles, it should call for a tight and action packed race. With this being the penultimate race of the season, any drivers hot on the heels of  Gregory Tanson [...]

Uusi-Jaakkola Jumps to Early iRacing World Championship GP Series Lead

by David Phillips on March 2nd, 2015

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Aleksi Uusi-Jaakkola jumped into the early lead of the 2015 iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series with a dominant performance at Interlagos on Saturday.  Uusi-Jaakkola started on pole and led 62 of 71 laps en route to a 5.9s win over Martin Krönke with Olli Pahkala completing the podium ahead of defending champion Greger Huttu.  Enzo Bonito came home sixth ahead of Mitchell deJong, while 2011 champion Hugo Luis marked his return to the series with a seventh place after posting the second fastest qualifying time.  Outside of Uusi-Jaakkola, only Krönke (one) Bonito (three) and Luis (five) led the sim race. Watch for a full report by Wil Vincent in the coming days, and be sure to catch the live broadcast of Round Two of the 2015 iRacing.com World Championship [...]

McLaren, iRacing to Build Virtual McLaren-Honda MP4-30

by David Phillips on March 2nd, 2015

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McLaren Racing and iRacing.com today announced plans to create a digital version of the 2015 McLaren Formula One car for iRacing’s popular online motorsports game.   iRacing’s version of the McLaren-Honda MP4-30, featuring virtual Kinetic Energy Recovery and Drag Reduction System, will join the McLaren MP4-12C GT3 and more than 50 other virtual race cars available on iRacing by late summer. “This is great news for iRacing and the more than 60,000 iRacers around the world,” said Steve Myers, Executive Vice President and Executive Producer at iRacing.com.   “In addition to making current technology from one of Formula One’s most successful teams available to our members, this project strengthens our relationship with McLaren Racing which already includes the McLaren MP4-12C GT3 and McLaren Electronics’ Atlas Express data acquisition system.” “McLaren Racing is [...]

NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series: Manufacturer Points

by Dylan Kapisky on March 2nd, 2015

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The race is on - for manufacturers as well as drivers - in the 2015 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series.

Tuesday night, the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series kicked off its season at the virtual Daytona International Speedway. The race came down to the final three laps with Ray Alfalla taking a rather controversial win, accidentally spinning Tyler Laughlin after pushing him to the front. With the win, of course, Alfalla took the early lead in the season standings. This year, for the first time in the brief history of the NPAS, the drivers championship is not the only thing being tracked. While there may not be a trophy presentation on the line, we’ll be tracking the virtual manufacturer’s championship throughout the year. The NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series manufacturer’s points system mimmicks that of the NASCAR system, which is based loosely on the driver points system. A quick breakdown of how [...]

Caudill Grabs Gateway

by Seth Eggert on March 2nd, 2015

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IndyCar crash Gateway

Week Ten of the 2015 Season 1 iRacing.com IndyCar Oval sent the series Gateway Motorsports Park. A season-low 39 sim-racers decided take to the track throughout the week. Aero-push, cautions, handling, lap traffic, pit strategy, tire wear, and track position were just some of the storylines that played out throughout the week on sim racing along the banks of the virtual Mississippi River. Vick Caudill (Michigan) started on pole with Nigel Marneef (Benelux) on his outside. Brandon Trost (Pennsylvania) started third with Adam Dock (Texas) fourth, and Martijn Nagelkerken (Australia/NZ) rounding out the top five starting positions. Marneef had an excellent start, easily gapping Caudill only for Caudill used the draft to swing by into the lead a lap later. The leaders quickly resorted to single file as battles further [...]

Get to Know: Justin Lindsay (Part 2)

by David Ifeguni on March 2nd, 2015

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Lindsay and his Coanda Simsport teammates carved a place for themselves in sim racing history by winning the inaugural iRacing.com 24 Hours of Daytona.

Two weeks ago readers had the chance to learn about iRacer Justin Lindsay, the 31 year old sim racing out of Cincinnati, Ohio. An accomplished road racer on iRacing, having won 93 career races in 825 starts, and Pro/WC licensed driver, Lindsay has come a long way since winning his first career race at Okayama International Circuit in the Mazda Cup car. Earlier this year, Lindsay was able to achieve something no other person on iRacing will be able to achieve…….besides three other people. Lindsay joined Coanda Simsport teammates Paul R Williams, Martin Krönke and Mitchell deJong to run a combined total of 874 laps and win the top split of the inaugural iRacing.com 24 Hours of Daytona, the virtual counterpart of the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The race, which [...]

Irby Shines at Sebring

by James Prostell Jr. on March 2nd, 2015

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SEBRING, FLORIDA – With a third of the Red Sox Racing League’s “Back to the Future” six-week season already in the books, the league heads to Florida’s Sebring International Raceway for round number three, the Hendricks Airfield 30. One of America’s oldest racing venues, Sebring Internatonal Raceway has been influential in many racing careers over the past seven decades. After serving it’s primary function as an Air Force training base during World War II, the site found a new purpose as a race track that hosted what would become the annual 12 Hours of Sebring endurance race, showcasing the best names in racing both on the cars and in them. In addition to testing the best talents around, Sebring has also been home to many classes of Skip Barber Racing [...]

Ethan Grigg-Gault: V8s Rising Star

by Paul Slavonik on February 27th, 2015

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Through his rise from a mid-pack iRacing.com V8 Supercar driver to now being a future championship contender, he is beginning to make his mark in the world of sim-racing in a remarkably short amount of time. Although we’ve seen many sim-racers work their way up through the ranks to be among the top V8 drivers after spending several seasons driving the Skip Barber, SCCA Spec Racer Ford, RUF C-Spec and/or the Ford Mustang FR500S, we rarely find someone who simply jumped in and “got it.” Such seems to be the case with the young Ethan Grigg-Gault who hails from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. A self-described “semi-professional FPS (First Person Shooter) gamer,” Grigg isn’t shy about coming into a category as ferocious as the V8 series with very little sim-racing experience. “I [...]

GTC Tackles the Glen

by Jeff Jacobs on February 26th, 2015

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Race leader Liam Hackwith (#1) works through the lapped Solstice traffic of Adam Anthony Atherto (#12), Dennis Heinz (#13) and Andrew Trimbach (#7) who were engaged in a three-way battle for the Solstice class win in the final lap at Watkins Glen on Sunday.

With only three weeks left in the battle for season class championships, sim-racers attacked the boot configuration of Watkins Glen with intensity in Week 10 of the iRacing.com Grand Touring Cup. In all three classes, drivers had to bring equal measure of strategy and skill behind the wheel. Strategy played into the decision of when to take advantage of the draft to make a pass going into the bus stop. Skill determined whether, having made the pass at the bus stop, you could out run the competition through the “boot” with enough of a margin to prevent them from repassing you using the draft on the very next lap. Of the three classes in the GTC series, only the Solstice class appears to still have a viable contest for the [...]

NASCAR iRacing Series Diary – February 25

by James Falcon Pratt on February 25th, 2015

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Look for competition to heat-up at hot 'lanta.

NASCAR has changed the schedule this season and now Atlanta is the second race. Last year the Sprint Cup did not visit Atlanta Motor Speedway until the 25th race of the season.  As I was unable to run here in the NASCAR iRacing Series Open series in 2014, there is little past data for me to work with. Last season in the Fixed I was taken-out by a car I never saw that bounced off the outside wall and came down into me. My car was taken to the hauler after just 21 laps and I was scored in 24th by race end. In 2013 my race went very well here and I scored my ALL-TIME BEST finish in a Sprint Cup car coming home second. I never had any [...]