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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.

  • 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.

Behind the Scenes: The NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series – And Then There Were Three

by Matt Holden on September 30th, 2014

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2014 NPSA Final 3

I could have written an article after the Richmond race, and probably should have.  It was a huge deal to win that race, but none of us really celebrated it.  It was our team’s first win since the California race in March, it was my first win in 11 months, and it was exactly what we had to do to stay in the championship picture.  One year ago, we were out of it completely and there were only two drivers eligible to win the title.  Thanks to that win in Richmond, we now enter the final race of the season with a shot at the championship for the first time.  Ever. So why weren’t we going crazy and burning GFR HQ down?  In all seriousness, we got lucky…very lucky.  I’ve [...]

What Does .004s Look Like?

by Justin Sutton on October 1st, 2014

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Rocha makes Job's life a bit tougher.

Heading into Round Eight of the Skip Barber 2K Cup there was a 25 point gap between Sebastian Job and Vinicius Rocha, with and a number of other sim-racers still in the title hunt.  A solid 32 car grid crammed onto the Start/Finish straight at Brand Hatch before the lights went green and the sim-racers took off towards Paddock Hill Bend with Job in front and his closest rival, Rocha, just behind. Brands Hatch has proven in the past to be a thrilling circuit for the F2000 and with skilled participants throughout the grid an exciting race was certainly in store.  Rob Read started in P23 and was trying a move on Brendan O’Brien for P22 at Graham Hill Bend when a suspicious oversteer moment sent him spinning in front [...]

Spa Treatment for Hoffman

by James Prostell Jr. on October 1st, 2014

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Racestart`1

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, BELGIUM – With the checkered flag waving for McLaren MP4-12C GT3 driver Brian Irby last week at Sebring, the cars and stars of the Red Sox Racing League have already completed the first quarter of the season and now set their sights on the next round of the GT Class Battle Championship. Kicking off the first of two international trips scheduled this season, Round 4, the Eau Rouge 45 will be anything but overlooked as the race takes place at the venerable Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. While advances in aerodynamics, technology like traction control, and the venue’s own changes (Prior to 1981, laps on the Formula One circuit were over twice as long, and used public roads) have taken some of the edge off the intimidating racetrack, Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps [...]

Jetta, Solistice Smash Records at Sebring

by Jeff Jacobs on October 1st, 2014

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Raymond F Bader Jr (#5) leads Justin Brunner (#6) and Cole Brosie (#12) in the opening laps of a race a Sebring in Week 9.

Besides the usual intense battle for positions in the top 10 of the season’s points standings, VW Jetta TDI and Pontiac Solstice sim-racers set new world record laps at historic Sebring International Raceway in Week 9 of the iRacing.com Grand Touring Cup. The steady drone of the turbo-diesels around the 3.7 mile course gave no hint of the record-setting pace Jetta drivers Torsten Boltjes and Marco Luca Abbate were turning. Abbate’s world record qualifying time of 2:28.368 was nearly seven-tenths faster than the other 107 drivers who turned a VW powered lap at Sebring. However, the new world record race lap belongs to Torsten Boltjes at 2:28.715 – the only VW driver to break into the 28s during a race lap. Boltjes certainly had plenty of opportunities to set a [...]

Trost Tames the Tricky Triangle

by Seth Eggert on September 30th, 2014

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Sim Racing

Week Eight of the 2014 Season 3 iRacing.com IndyCar Oval Series sent the series to Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. A mere 104 sim-racers tried to master the tricky track during a week of sim racing when aero push, draft, the troublesome Turns 1 and 2, momentum, and handling were just some of the storylines. Mitch McCracken (Indiana) started on pole for the week’s featured race, with Danno Brookins (Florida) on his outside. Cary Bettenhausen (Indiana) started third, with Daniel Olszewski (Ohio) fourth with Vick Caudill (Michigan) and Tim Holgate (Ohio) completing Row Three of the starting field. McCracken used his pole position to excellent advantage, easily clearing Brookins by Turn One while Holgate quickly jumped from sixth to fourth by the time he exited Turn One.  Joe Branch2 [...]

Gritty Sipe Holds on for Bristol Win

by Stan Bragg Jr. on September 30th, 2014

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Late Model Bristol

Week 9 saw the NASCAR iRacing.com Late Models series travel to the Volunteer State, to the high banked half mile oval known as Thunder Valley or, officially, Bristol Motor Speedway. No matter what you call it, it’s the only short track on the Late Model schedule that requires little or no braking every lap (at least under normal circumstances) as sim-racers just do a quick crack of the throttle then get right back on the gas. With lap times in the 15 second bracket and the speeds being carried around Bristol sim-racers would be on the edge for the entire 70 laps. Todd Sipe would rolled off P1 in this week’s featured race with Michael Torres to his outside and, when the green flag dropped, Sipe was able to clear [...]

Bonito’s First Win, Huttu’s Fourth Title

by Wil Vincent on September 30th, 2014

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Best ever?  With four world championships in five seasons, it's hard to argue against Greger Huttu.

There are occasions that a team could call their race a ‘good day in the office.’  Other days may be memorable, but this past weekend, Fanatec Team Redline ticked-off everything remaining in their 2014 Bucket List, in the process reaffirming their position at the top of the iRacing Grand Prix Series World Championship tree. It had been  tough month for the team, with Enzo Bonito suffering continual technical issues and Greger Huttu’s first lap crash at Suzuka, coupled with Coanda SimSport’s Martin Krönke continuing his quest for the ‘Impossible Dream.’  Yet at Zandvoort, Bonito finally had luck go his way, whilst Huttu did exactly what he had to do to secure his fourth world championship. Qualifying saw Krönke take the early advantage, before Bonito’s first lap placed him on provisional pole, where [...]

Stephens, Telitz to Represent Team USA Scholarship in England

by David Phillips on September 29th, 2014

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sim races

Aaron Telitz of Birchwood, WI, and Michai Stephens of Evanston, IL, today have been named as winners of prestigious Team USA Scholarships for 2014. The pair will travel to England next month to carry the patriotic red, white and blue colors in the traditional Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch on October 25/26 and Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone on November 1/2. They were chosen from a group of six candidates who took part in a shootout aboard Allen Berg Racing Schools FR1600 cars at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., on September 8. The other finalists were Ben Auriemma, from Manhasset, NY, Tristan DeGrand, from St. Louis, MO, Garth Rickards, from Mechanicsburg, PA and Kenton Koch, from Glendora, CA.  For the record, all of the candidates (or a family [...]

Coanda SimSport at SimRacing Expo 2014

September 26th, 2014

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Coanda SimSport at SimRacing Expo 2014

The successful new sim racing team — Coanda SimSport — descended on the Nürburgring last weekend for the SimRacing Expo 2014 . . . not to mention the iRacing Nürburgring 1000 round of the Blancpain Sprint Series. Organized by Marc Hennerici, from the ADAC Mittelrhein e.V., the Simracing Expo was the first of its kind, an event aimed at connecting both virtual, and real-life motorsports together at one of the most legendary race circuits in the world. Hosted at the Ring°Boulevard right behind the tracks main grandstands, the expo displayed the latest virtual trends, motorsport simulations and simracing hardware leading from steeringwheels and pedals to full motion simulators. On hand were Coanda’s André Böttcher, Jörn Jens, Martin Krönke, Martti Pietilä, Jörn Jens and Philip Stamm.  André and Martin took time [...]

GPL Carnage Report at Indy

by Justin Sutton on September 26th, 2014

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GPL Indy 2014 S3

Last season Grand Prix Legends debut at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was  dominated by Finnish sim-racers in a thrilling race with dramatic overtakes at over 200mph and colossal crashes up and down the field.  The GPL’s return to The Brickyard in Season Three would be no different, well apart from the Flying Finns that is.  What follows is more “carnage report” than race recap as just seven of the twenty participants went the full race distance and only eleven sim racers were around for the finish. With a rolling start there wasn’t much happening in way of overtakes aside from an impressive Karl Modig who jumped four spots to eighth place within the first two turns. The action quickly escalated when seventh-placed Samuel Close went deep into Turn Three, made [...]

IndyCar Battle Between the Lakes

by Matt Pawelski on September 25th, 2014

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Hamilton, Dinkel, and Gonzalez battle for second.

Week 8 of the iRacing Indy Car Road series saw the drivers stop and battle for virtual glory at Autódromo José Carlos Pace (aka Interlagos). The classic circuit is located in Brazil, the nation that has seen the likes of Formula 1 legends named Senna, Piquet, Fittipaldi, modern day heroes like Massa and Barrichello, and IndyCar champions like Tony Kanaan, a victor in the Indianapolis 500. The circuit itself is a drivers’ favorite: tight and race-able, yet flowing and historic. All this means that Interlagos features prominently on the schedule of many iRacing series. Going into this week, the battle for the 2014 Season 3 series title saw Jeffrey Rietveld leading Marcus Hamilton, with Riccardo Schiavon in third. This week we had 18 drivers gridded in the top split of [...]

Road Warriors Runoff at Laguna Seca

by Andrew Pinkerton on September 25th, 2014

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Fuller was a big winner at the virtual Runoffs, taking two victories and a podium finish in three tries.

The iRacing Road Warrior Series traveled to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the virtual SCCA Runoffs. Previously the Road Warriors had visited Laguna Seca for the Lotus 49 Historics race; now two weeks prior to the actual SCCA National Championship Runoffs they returned to California with a choice of three cars in the 30 minute multi-class race: Mustang FR500S, Mazda MX-5 Cup Car and SpecRacer Ford. The first green flag flew at 1:00 GMT Friday, and saw the Mustang of Dylan DeYoung on overall pole position. The first pony car, however, to see the checkered flag was not that of DeYoung, but the Mustang of Jonathan Fuller who led the final seven laps of the 19 lap race. Andrey Loginov was a mere six tenths of a second adrift of [...]

Bonito Dominates at Donington

by Paul Slavonik on September 25th, 2014

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sim-racing

Round 8 of the iRacing.com GT3 Challenge Series once again saw Italian driver, Enzo Bonito of Team Redline, claim the top spot for the week. Proving himself time and time again as the man to beat, Bonito now dominates the championship leaderboard and takes the lead for Season 3. An endurance event which lasted 75 minutes at Donington Park Racing Circuit, this week was a true test of driver skills as this was the first official race week for the GT3 series at the newly-added circuit. The unfamiliar circuit did nothing to slow Bonito down, however. Racing the McLaren MP4, Bonito participated in only one race this week which had a Strength of Field (SoF) of 4007. He started on pole, led 46 of the 52 completed laps, set the [...]

New Winner Dominates 2K Cup in Zandvoort

by Justin Sutton on September 25th, 2014

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Gamet be like :(

Over two dozen sim-racers in the Skip Barber 2K Cup donned their virtual firesuits and took their brightly liveried F2000s for a 21 lap race with one pit stop each (if all went to plan) around the Circuit Park Zandvoort Grand Prix layout.  Bart de Laat sat on pole for the first time this season after posting a time 0.063s faster than Philippe Leybaert in second, with  Ricardo Ferreira and Vinicius Rocha lurking just behind in third and fourth.  On the opening lap all eyes were on Marco Derix as he immediately yielded his sixth place position to Graham Carroll at Turn One (Tarzanbocht).  Derix then came under attack from Steijn Schothorst at Turn Three (Hugenholzbocht) and initiated a multi-corner battle that didn’t end until Turn Ten (Audi S) when [...]

Two Points For Two Crowns in GTC

by Jeff Jacobs on September 25th, 2014

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Nicholas Augustyniak (#8) leads a group of Mustangs and Jetta TDIs (most of which are on track) in the opening laps of week 8 at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.

Racing fans love the photo finish. The final outcome is determined in a blur and a blink. That agonizing moment for driver and spectator when the result is uncertain. “Can I get him?” “Can I hold him off?” “Who got there first?” In the iRacing.com Grand Touring Cup, this type of edge-of-your-seat racing is not only taking place on the track, it is playing out in the Season 3 Championship standings for the Ford Mustang FR500S and Pontiac Solstice classes. In a series that crowns a Champion based on the best eight-of-twelve scoring weeks, two classes are simply too close to call with only four weeks left to go. The Solstice may be the slowest car of the three classes but participation in Season 3 has been on a surge, [...]

Filsell Returns to Win at Donington

by Paul Slavonik on September 24th, 2014

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In an exciting round of iRacing.com V8 Supercars action, Week 8 of Season 3 saw the return of the 2014 Season 2 championship contender, Jarrad Filsell of ANZ Motorsports, light up the event. Additionally, it was also a chance for the V8 community to put their sim-racing skills to the test as the series tackled the newly added Donington Park Racing Circuit. Though it was received with generally positive feedback, many drivers commented on the issue of understeer and the track’s slick conditions which only compounded the already difficult to drive Ford Falcon. Still, after days of practice, testing and some tweaks to their setups, the drivers arrived ready to (in the words of Mark Larkham) “release the geese” for the weekly Strength of Field (SoF) race. Making his return [...]

Alfalla Wins Darlington, Closes on Point Lead

by Jason Lofing on September 24th, 2014

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NPAS Darlington 2014 A

Ray Alfalla won his second race of the 2014 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by iRacing season Tuesday night by playing a perfect fuel strategy at Darlington Raceway. Alfalla’s Slip Angle Motorsports teammate Byron Daley played the same strategy and came home in second, 14.8 seconds behind the winner. Michael Conti, the series championship leader coming into Darlington, finished third despite having to pit an extra time under green. Bryan Blackford and Landon Harrison rounded-out the top five. “Victory!” said Alfalla. “One race left in the season, and we are still in the championship hunt. Homestead will be exciting!” The race began with championship hopeful Nick Ottinger starting on pole, hoping to build on his victory last time out at Richmond. Conti started from outside pole and Alfalla rolled off [...]

Irby Zaps Field in 45 Minutes of Sebring

September 24th, 2014

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Irbyleadsearly

SEBRING, FL – After opening rounds at Virginia International Raceway and the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the Red Sox Racing League GT Battle rages south to Florida for Round 3, the 45 Minutes of Sebring. Home of the annual 12 Hours of Sebring Endurance Race Sebring International Raceway’s 17-turn, 3.7-mile layout and its abrasive surface has tested countless teams, drivers, and cars over the years. Made up of a wide variety of corners, ranging from fast, sweeping corners, to hairpins, and nearly everything in between, the unique Sebring International Raceway has become a popular year-round test facility for major racing teams, as it is a great venue to test the limits of man and machine. Perhaps too tough of a venue. As the last round in the United States before [...]

Is It Really Too Tough To Tame?

by Dylan Kapisky on September 23rd, 2014

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The SAFER Barrier eagerly awaits at Darlington . . .

NASCAR’s first paved superspeedway has been called “The Track Too Tough To Tame.”  Known for its red and white walls that, once the green flag drops, “magically” become increasingly black — even as the right sides of the cars “magically” develop black stripes of their own – Darlington is also called “The Lady in Black.”  Of course, there’s nothing magic about the track.  The “Darlington Stripe” is the result of  cars scraping against the track’s retaining walls, particularly on the exit of the final turn of the egg shaped track. Yet, even the red and while walls lining straightaways wind-up with door paint by the time the checkered flag waves. Why? “The line is right next to the wall. If you slip a little bit, you’ll get damage,” two-time NASCAR [...]

Linkiewicz Takes Thompson Checkers

by Stan Bragg Jr. on September 23rd, 2014

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Late Model Thompson

With eight weeks down and four to go in the NASCAR iRacing.com Late Model season, sim-racers would be tested at Thompson International Raceway. This single groove monster is known for handing-out the “Thompson 2x” and this week would keep pace with that sim-racing tradition. Lapped cars and passing would be the biggest issues this week. Even if drivers were two to three tenths faster than another sim-racer, if they were not in the preferred groove it was next to impossible to complete a pass without some slight “dooring” to move the slower driver up the track in the center of the corner. This week’s feature race would see James Linkiewicz starting on point with Ryan Piland rolling off second.  When the green flag dropped Linkiewicz would cleared Piland before Turn [...]