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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.
  • Matt A Kingsbury
    Contributor

    Kingsbury lives in Fairfield county, Connecticut where he currently attends Sacred Heart University. He is a fan of any form of racing, from NASCAR to IndyCar, Formula 1, and especially endurance racing. The summer of 2013 saw Kingsbury attend IndyCar's return to Pocono Raceway as well as the ARCA race at Pocono which Corey Lajoie won and got some pictures (including the accompanying mug shot) in Victory Lane thanks to Corey's aunt!

  • 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.

  • Jordan Hightower
    Contributor

    Jordan began sim-racing in 2005 with the NASCAR Racing 2003 Season sim and then joined the iRacing community in June of 2008. He hails from Fort Smith, Arkansas where he is currently enrolled at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith, after which he plans to attend the University of Arkansas to earn his MBA. Although he enjoys watching and playing basketball, most of Jordan's focus is on motorsports, particularly NASCAR: "Anything that burns gas and goes fast, I like."

  • 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.

  • Marc Dorval
    series contributor

    Marc Dorval has been a dedicated but talentless iRacer since 2009. Currently hanging out near the back of the Lotus 79 pack, he nonetheless contributes to the community through posts, statistics, and a weekly recap on the main events of the Lotus 79 series.
    Outside of iRacing, Marc is married with two grown-up children, loves Jaguar cars, and runs an IT consulting practice.

  • 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.

  • Ray Kingsbury
    Contributor

    Ray Kingsbury is a motorsport enthusiast and full-time university student, born and raised in Connecticut. He started his own racing career in BMX, riding bicycles competitively on the state level. In eight years he claimed the state championship and was ranked nationally before moving away from the sport. This void of activities led him to rediscover sim-racing in the form of NASCAR Heat. After a championship in the game's most competitive league Kingsbury started focusing full-time on his involvement in Live for Speed. There he founded Last Lap Motorsports which today has more than 20 members worldwide.

    When a few Last Lap Motorsports members decided to give iRacing.com a chance to feed their desire for more oval racing, Ray teamed with his brother Matt, Nathan Lamothe and newcomer Jimmie Jones to enter the ETV! Live Team Series and claimed the title after a dominating performance at Watkins Glen. To this day the team continues in both Live for Speed and iRacing.com and Ray still takes much delight in his own sim-racing career. A reporter for his high school newspaper before moving to university, Kingsbury keeps-up his writing activities by contributing to iRacing News.

  • 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.

To the Victor Go the Spoils

by David Phillips on November 21st, 2014

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Question:  What do Michael Conti and Chase Elliott have in common? Answer:  They both arrived for NASCAR’s championship weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway with 2014 NASCAR titles already under their belts.  But while Elliott clinched the Nationwide Series the previous weekend at Phoenix, Conti had done him one – actually five weeks better – by clinching the 2014 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by iRacing.com title back on October 7th. Thus unlike Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman, Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin, or Matt Crafton and Ryan Blaney,  Conti could really enjoy his weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway.  And enjoy it he did, collecting a NASCAR Champion Ring, NASCAR Champion Trophy and the $10,000 awarded to the champion of the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series, together with an additional check for $5000 from his [...]

Close But No Cigar

by Brooks Westfall on November 21st, 2014

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This is the closest Sansone would ever get to victory lane.

As the iRacing Sprint Car Cup crossed the halfway mark of 2104 S4  last week at Lucas Oil Raceway, it was made very clear that the driver to beat during this shortened season would be Pro-licence-bearing sim racer PJ Stergios. The past two weeks in the six week calendar have been nothing short of dominance for the New England Club member. But with Sprint Car Series veteranVinnie Sansone starting along side him on the front row, it seemed that PJ might have a run for his money at LOR The sim race got under way with Stergios stepping his foot in the door to take an early lead. This lead, however, would be shortened rather quickly as Sansone soon reeled-in the leader. Stergios’ tremendous start had propelled him into that [...]

The Watkins Glen V8 Hustle

by Paul Slavonik on November 21st, 2014

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Watkins Glen International routinely hosts some of the greatest and hardest racing one can find. As such, Week 3 of the iRacing.com V8 Supercars Series at The Glen was no different. With intense sim racing, no room for mistakes and even some post-race controversy, it proved to be one for the record books and the highlight reel. With a time of 1:06.816, Ian Ford of the newly formed Evolution Racing Australia took pole position in front of his teammate and defending champion, Beau Cubis. Jarrad Filsell and Paul Gallen completed the second row of the starting grid with Beau Cattell of ANZ Motorsports completing the top-five. Green Flag As the lights turned green, Ford was swamped by Cubis and Filsell as the field reached Turn 1. Cubis emerged in the [...]

Grand Touring Leaders Dominate At Bathurst

by Jeff Jacobs on November 21st, 2014

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In the closing laps of a race at Bathurst, Javier Torres (#10) and Jerome Marschall (#6) battled in a drag race only inches apart down the full length of Mountain Straight into Turn 2.

Utter a silent prayer going into Brock’s Skyline. Gather a deep breath and grip the wheel. Then fling yourself into The Esses, aiming for that ribbon of pavement between unforgiving walls of concrete. Suddenly around The Elbow, exhale and nail the throttle to the floor. This was the routine for sim-racers in the iRacing.com Grand Touring Cup for 11 laps around Mount Panorama during Week 3 of the six-week series. Early concern about The Esses attracting multi-class pile ups in the multi-class series gave way to thrilling racing and rave reviews from the 600 Mustang, Jetta, and Solstice drivers who dared to challenge Bathurst’s four mile circuit. “There is just a hair between a good race and mayhem and disaster,” explained Bryan de Bruyn. “But when in battle with equally [...]

Coanda Simsport Draws First Blood in Masters of Endurance

by Michael Booth and Phil Diaz on November 20th, 2014

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The Coanda Simsport BMW and Team Redline McLaren were rarely separated by more than a couple of seconds throughout the 12 hour race.

Masters of Endurance returned to the track after a two year break, opening with the traditional 12 hour race to start the 2014/15 season. Moving over to iRacing to take advantage of the new team sim racing feature, as well as acquiring sponsors such as Derek Speare Designs and iGP Manager, the series visits five iconic circuits and uses four GT3 class cars (BMW Z4, Ford GT, McLaren MP4-12C and RUF RT12) throughout the season’s 54 hours of racing.  Round 1 brought the sim racers to Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, home of the 6.5km /4mi Road America circuit. The event began with 86 teams taking part in qualifying on Wednesday before the race, looking to make their way into Saturday’s 60-car, 12 hour endurance race.  Team Redline’s Enzo Bonito in his [...]

Gress Tops SK Mods at Concord

by Stan Bragg Jr on November 20th, 2014

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2014 S4 SK Mod Concord Gress taking the victory

Week 3 of the NASCAR iRacing.com SK Modified Series, brought the sim-racers to Concord Speedway.  At just ½ mile and with varying degrees of corner banking and only three corners, setting-up for North Carolina’s version of the Tricky Triangle can challenge even some of the best iRacers.  Many struggle to find the handling through Turns 1 and 3 but keep the momentum up through Turn 2 without getting the right rear too hot. Buddy DAlessandro would share the front row with Stephan Arsenault for the 50 lap feature race. . . momentarily at least.  Shortly after the green flag dropped, DAlessendro cleared Arsenault going into Turn 1.  Arsenault slotted into second while the remainder of the top five sorted itself out with Russel Ieler moving up to P3.  Behind him, [...]

Vincent Dominant in Homestead Win

by Jason Lofing on November 19th, 2014

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Vincent spent all but ? of ? laps out front at Homestead en route to a dominant win.

Corey Vincent redeemed himself from the disappointment of two weeks ago at Texas by putting-on a dominating performance at Homestead-Miami Speedway to earn his first career NASCAR iRacing Pro Series win. Vincent started on pole and was untouchable in clear air, leading 116 of 134 laps. Justin Trombley finished second for his second top five of the season. Andrew Fayash was third thanks to some crafty fuel strategy despite starting way down in forty-first position and getting lapped on the first run of the race. Casey Tucker and Kevin King rounded out the top five. The race began with a bang when Ashely Miller spun his tires and collected Steven Gilbert but, curiously, no caution was thrown even though Gilbert spun and other cars were damaged in the stack-up. One [...]

NEO Endurance Series Preview: P class

by Neil Hekkens on November 19th, 2014

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With the previews on the NEO Endurance Series’ GTC and GT classes completed, in this third article we will focus on the Prototype (P) class. In this class all 15 teams use the HPD ARX-01C car. It is time to take a look at the possibilities for each team. Radicals Online (#1) Starting-off with one of the favorites in the Prototype class: Radicals Online. The NEO GT Series champions are back . . . and how! This team has it all. A real life racing driver, pro iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series drivers and a couple of aliens. Throughout the whole season they have eight drivers ready: Gooden, Bakkum, Nukarinen, Ilbrink, Martin, Amico, Salhani and Kreunen. All they need to do is keep the car on the black stuff. [...]

Lendermann Claims 2014 Pit Talk Asia.com GT Simulator Championship

by Mark Lange on November 19th, 2014

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The 2014 Pit Talk Asia.com GT Simulator Championship ended its inaugural season with the final race being a team endurance challenge at the Suzuka Circuit. The concept behind this virtual racing championship was to create a sim racing series that would be open to any motorsport fan across the Asia Pacific region, regardless of their age, where they lived or how much actual race experience they possessed. Virtual racing is a fun, easy, and inexpensive way for race fans, sim racers and gamers alike to enjoy the thrill of the racetrack from the comfort of their home and iRacing, an award winning online subscription-based racing simulation service was the platform on which the championship was run. Inspired by the company’s principles to promote, support and develop Asian motorsports, Pit Talk [...]

A Dream Come True for iRacer Christian PaHud

by David Phillips on November 19th, 2014

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iRacer Christian PaHud’s dream came true in last month’s Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 at All American Speedway in Roseville, CA. As winner of the recent PEAK Stock Car Dreams Challenge, PaHud earned a one-off ride in Bill McAnally Racing’s PEAK Toyota in Round 13 of the 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. The Harrisburg, NC resident took full advantage of his opportunity, earning the pole then leading a race high 59 laps to edge James Bickford for the win. “It’s just amazing,” said the 20 year old PaHud, whose resume includes more than 30 wins on iRacing’s online motorsports service. “I can’t thank PEAK, Brian Emrick and Michael Waltrip enough for getting me hooked-up with Bill McAnally Racing. To qualify on the pole and come out of here with a [...]

There’s No Stopping the Draft – and Gelly-Rufat

by Cam Stark on November 18th, 2014

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Gelly-Rufat was the only one to gain a place in the final turn, ultimately taking the 3.4K SOF win.

The legendary Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps welcomed the Star Mazdas for Week 3 of their championship, but it would also welcome the highest SOF of the season so far. Spa is renowned for being one of the most challenging circuits in the world, but that certainly didn’t put off drivers from participating in races for this week. The 12 lap distance meant these would be long races, and anything could happen. With draft being a huge factor here, position changes were going to be frequent and ultimately the winner of the race could have quite honestly been a surprise. The weather this week enabled drivers’ tires to get to temperature quicker than previous weeks; the cars would be more responsive earlier-on in to the race and enable drivers to push the [...]

NES PREVIEW – GT CLASS

by Niel Hekkens on November 17th, 2014

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After last week’s rundown through the GTC Class, it is time to go to the next class. In part two of the NES preview, the Grand Touring (GT) class is in the spotlight. Let’s find out who are the 16 teams and their drivers in GT. Just like last time, the teams are ordered by number. REVS Simracing UK (#31) First up REVS Simracing UK with its drivers Mike Theunissen and Kevin Cox. Theunissen is a regular driver in the NEO events and has done a great job so far. If Cox can match the level of Theunissen there’s no doubt they can do well in NES. Simrc.de (#32) The German SimRC team consists of Stefan Seitweger (AT), Tim Berti (DE) and Manuel Sanchez (ES). To the author’s knowledge this [...]

Finnish Domination

by Mike Ouellette on November 17th, 2014

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After the tournament round on November 8th the big question was of course . . . who would win the sixth incarnation of the World Cup of iRacing? Defending Champion DE-AT-CH, winners of an unprecedented four World Cup titles and Finland (2012 champions) were the odds-on favorites. Their rivalry is founded in mutual respect, but on track there is no love lost. Club UK&I, fresh off their impressive win in Group B over Brasil were riding high and feeling confident that maybe, just maybe this could be THEIR year.  Captain Matt Dalton has been applauded by his teammates for assembling their strongest team ever.  Would it be enough to push through the wall of Finnish and DE-AT-CH drivers? Clubs Texas and Florida were both making their first trips to the [...]

Papenbrock, Ignacio Shine Amid Boosted Radical Participation

by Katier Scott on November 17th, 2014

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Week 2 brought the Radical Racing Challenge to Mosport.

Participation in the iRacing Radical Racing Challenge took a boost this week at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park as the minimum number of drivers required to races to go official dropped from eight to six. This was implemented on the Monday of the week and had an immediate effect as four successive races went official, including one boasting a field of 17 drivers. Overall Markus Papenbrock took the week’s honors with an excellent 138 points, while Brazil’s Ricado Inacio collected 133 points to vault to the head of the series after two rounds. He gained six places overall as the DE-AT-CH pairing of Willi Kuhlman and Gerd Hoeffere faulted around the famous Canadian circuit. Jairo Via also had a good week, moving into second overall with former leader Kuhlmann dropping to [...]

Ringler’s Dominant Desert Dash Earns Points Lead

by Brian Tate on November 17th, 2014

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Ringler heads to the checker as decide second place between themselves.

The defending iRacing NASCAR Class B Series champ laid claim to his throne right off the bat slapping down 231 points on the first night of Phoenix week.  Lowline Racing’s Trent Ringler, who is coming off his first Class B title last season, took over the lead from BRB Motorsports’ Jeff Dukehart in a caution-filled second week of action in the shortened and final season of 2014. It was the first action for the Chevrolet Camaros and Ford Mustangs at the redesigned 1-mile layout of the Phoenix International Raceway.  The unique oval in the Valley of the Sun posed what might be described as a too tough of a challenge for many a driver as some of the large field races spent more time under yellow flag conditions than green.  [...]

Team GT3 Challenge Heads East

by Justin Sutton on November 17th, 2014

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Badinelli takes fifth on the final lap of the race.

The second week of the Team GT3 Challenge went from the UK to Japan for another one hour endurance race, this one at the Twin Ring Motegi East configuration.  Sim-racers from around the world strapped into their various McLarens, RUFs, BMWs and Ford GTs to decide who was the fastest pairing.  The 21:00GMT race last Sunday was the second highest SOF race of the week and starting from the best position was Massimo Erra in the  GT World racing team’s RUF after posting a time of 1:18.844, just over a tenth faster than #47 BMW Z4 of Trinity Motorsports. Erra had a great launch at the rolling start of the race, and the top five qualifiers all slotted into their positions.  Marcel Möws took the wheel first for Trinity Motorsports [...]

Norton Dominates at Lucas Oil Raceway

by Seth Eggert on November 17th, 2014

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Week Two of the 2014 Season 4 iRacing.com IndyCar Oval sent the series to Lucas Oil Raceway for the first time in series history. Only 23 drivers racers participated in sim racing throughout the week. Cautions, lapped traffic, a tight track and pit road, pit strategy and single file restarts were just some of the storylines that played out throughout the week. Ryan Norton (Florida) started on pole with Rob Unglenieks (Michigan) on his outside. Erich Moraga (Texas) started third with Seth Eggert (Carolina) fourth, and Brandon Trost (Pennsylvania) rounding out the top five starting positions. Norton had an excellent start as Unglenieks was nearly a row behind coming to the green. Moraga immediately attempted to pass Unglenieks on the inside in Turn One, only to lose ground to the [...]

UK&I Skip Barber’s Lime Rock Thriller

by Justin Sutton on November 17th, 2014

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Overtake of the week?  Maybe.

After the exciting season opener at Mosport, Richard Avery took the lead of the UK&I Skip Barber League’s fourth season of 2014, ahead of Dominic Brennan and Bill Fraser.  Avery would certainly be on the back foot, however, as he was absent from the second race at Lime Rock Park.  Lime Rock has always been an interesting race for the league, with plenty of surprises and a shocking amount of overtakes for such a small track.  Brennan looked to improve on his second place finish last time out by taking pole position ahead of Marc Mercer and Fahim Antoniades, while Fraser could only manage P21 in the huge grid of 41 sim-racers. As per usual, the launch and opening lap were respectful as the grid got a feel for the [...]

NES GTC Class Preview

by Niel Hekkens on November 14th, 2014

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The start of the NEO Endurance Series is close at hand and what better way to start it all of than with a quick preview by looking through the field. In this series of three articles we will take a closer look to the teams in each class. The first class in the spotlight is the Grand Touring Challenge (GTC) class. In this class all teams use the RUF RT12R Cup C-Spec car. Unlike the other classes, each team must have an AM (amateur)  driver in each race and that driver needs to meet the minimum driving time. This AM driver must have an iRating between 2000 and 3100 at the start of the first event. Apex Racing UK (#73) With the addition of pro license sim racer Antoine Higelin, [...]

NASCAR iRacing Pro Series Duel in the Desert

by Dylan Kapisky on November 14th, 2014

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This past Tuesday, the NASCAR iRacing Pro Series took to the virtual Phoenix International Raceway for a Veterans Day edition of tight, short-track racing. The one mile track with the dogleg on the back stretch, proved to be a challenge for even iRacing’s best. The online race saw 10 cautions for 38 of the 156 laps. The last caution came out with five to go, setting up a green/white flag restart – started and completed by Ryan Lowe. “Don’t pull a Kentucky, Ryan,”  Lowe says he thought as he took the green/white flag “where I lost the race on a one lap shootout, because I spun the tires” He didn’t pull another Kentucky, getting a great jump on the restart and leading the field around to the checkered flag.  “This [...]