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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.

NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Darlington Tonight!

by David Phillips on September 23rd, 2014

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The penultimate round of the 2014 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by iRacing at Darlington Raceway will be broadcast tonight on iRacing.com/live.  The 183 lap online race airs tonight beginning at 9 PM EDT (01:00 GMT Wednesday). Series leader Michael Conti (485) saw his points cushion slashed in the wake of a tenth place finish at Richmond two weeks ago as Nick Ottinger (464) scored his second win of the season while two-time series champion Ray Alfalla (468) came home third.   Conti will be looking to right the ship at “The Lady in Black” but Alfalla and Ottinger are gunning for the top spot.  Meanwhile, the battle is heating-up for the last of the 20 automatic transfer spots for the 2015 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series.  Kenny Humpe (329) currently holds-down [...]

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 [...]

Holgate Triumphs in Iowa

by Seth Eggert on September 23rd, 2014

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Week Seven of the 2014 Season 3 iRacing.com IndyCar Oval Series saw the series journey to the Hawkeye State and Iowa Speedway. Only 159 sim-racers participated in races during a week where the ability to keep up with the front runners, handling, tire fall-off and pit strategy were key to success (or lack thereof). Tim Holgate (Ohio) started on pole with Matt A Kingsbury (Connecticut) on his outside. Nigel Marneef (Benelux) started third ahead of Toni Helminen (Finland) while Randy Crossno (California) and Matt Lambertson (Pennsylvania) were slated to share Row Three of the grid.  Before the race even began, however, Marneef failed to join the grid, allowing the entire inside line to move up a row. This allowed Crossno to assume the third starting spot, and Adam Dock (Texas) [...]

GPL Thrills in Sebring

by Justin Sutton on September 22nd, 2014

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Fantastic battle between Morrison and Meints.

When the 14 sim-racers of the Grand Prix Legends series lined up at Sebring International Raceway for a 12 lap sprint the expectations for a fiercely competitive race were running high given that the top four qualifiers all posted times in the 1:59s.  Victor Perelman took top honors ahead of Daniel Kane, Daniel Garrison Jr., and Uwe Jacobsen with Darwin Meints and John Neely rounding-out the list of qualifiers ahead of Bruce Snelson who led the pack of non-qualifiers. The grid did not disappoint as the action actually started before the lights even went green.  Kane in second place was starting from the right side of the track and his car launched a good bit before the rest of the field, incurring a drive-through penalty straight away. At the polar [...]

Classic New Venue for Classic Drivers

by Thiago Izequiel on September 22nd, 2014

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Smoke screen on the last lap.

The sixth week for the Classic Team Championship in 2014rought the sim racers to Donington Park, a classic track that arrived one the service one and a half month ago, bringing new challenges and fulfilling the wishes of many. The virtual replica of the famous European race track was probably one of the biggest achievements of iRacing so far, and it was time for the Lotus 79 drivers to officially do their first laps there. The week had 10 official races, one of them the SoF race with two splits.  The week’s winners were Maykel Melis, Alex Saunders, PJ Gaudie, Michel Dudognon, Marcel Penzkofer, Tapani Linnaluoto, David Wormald and Andre Heggheim. Dudognon won three times, one of them coming in the Sunday’s main event, achieving his first victory in a [...]

Get to Know: James Frizzell

by David Ifeguni on September 22nd, 2014

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Firzzell celebrates one of his ? wins on iRacing.

22 year old sim racer James Frizzell has been able to work his way up to the top ranks of iRacing through his consistency. Since beginning his iRacing journey just 15 months ago, Frizzell has already established himself as a consistent driver, with 14 career oval victories in 300 starts and nine road course wins in 189 starts.  However, it is his top five statistics that are truly outstanding:  Frizzell has finished in the top five in over a third of the oval races he has run, and in nearly half of his road course starts. When he isn’t winning, he is getting his car to the finish in one piece. Although that consistency may not be quite as important in sim racing as it is in real racing, his [...]

A New Contender Emerges at Zandvoort

by Justin Sutton on September 22nd, 2014

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Adcock's slide would lose him second place to Avery.

When the lights went green on the UK&I Skip Barber League’s 13 lap race at Zandvoort it was Graham Carroll who sat on pole position, but a poor getaway put him under immediate threat from Stuart Adcock who qualified an impressive second.  With the inside line for Tarzanbocht and room to spare Adcock swooped through the cambered corner into the lead of the race ahead of two dozen countrymen in their F2000s. Carroll has shown time and time again that he is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to dogfighting the lightweight Skippy, and with the slipstream on the Start/Finish straight was able to regain the lead around the outside of Tarzan on the second lap. Adcock was less than a tenth off Carroll in qualifying and [...]

The Nürburgring is Coming to iRacing!

by David Phillips on September 19th, 2014

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Racing.com Motorsport Simulations, the world’s most realistic racing game, announced it will add the fabled Nürburgring to iRacing.com’s catalogue of over 65 laser-scanned race tracks.  The news comes in the wake of iRacing’s licensing agreement with Aston Martin Racing cars and the revelation that iRacers recently eclipsed the one billion lap milestone. Today’s announcement at the iRacing Nürburgring 1000 means the more than 52,000 iRacers worldwide will be able to race on digital versions of the 20.8 km (12.9 mile) Nordschleife, the 5.15 km (3.2 mile) Grand Prix Strecke and a combination track linking the two circuits.  The tracks are scheduled to be released to iRacers in 2015.  In celebration of its partnership with the Nürburgring, iRacing is offering a free, three month subscription to new members who visit www.iracing.com/Nürburgring1000. [...]

Q&A with Martin Krönke

by Glen Alden on September 19th, 2014

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Interlagos 2014 iWCGPS Martin leads on Lap 1

As August morphed into September, the only thing that appeared more certain than Greger Huttu claiming a fourth iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series title was the impending the arrival of the autumnal equinox.  But that was before Martin Krönke reeled-off successive victories at Interlagos and Suzuka . . . with Huttu finishing on the podium at Interlagos before suffering a disastrous first lap dnf in the virtual Land of the Rising Sun. With two races remaining on the calendar, Huttu remains a prohibitive favorite to win the championship, thanks in no small part to his awesome seven race winning streak at mid-season. But what once appeared to be an insurmountable lead has now shrunk to 54 points — with 100 remaining on the table – and Krönke has emerged [...]

Tanned,Tested and Ready

by David Phillips on September 18th, 2014

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Coming off their runner-up finish at Road America, iRacers Negri and Pew are looking to do one better at CoTA this weekend.

With a trio of top six finishes in the past three races – including a storming run to second place at Road America – Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian is mounting a charge in the latter stages of the Tudor United Sports Car Championship.  Indeed, it would come as no surprise if drivers Oswaldo Negri, Jr and John Pew figured prominently in this weekend’s Lone Star Le Mans at the Circuit of the Americas. If so, Shank and Co can give thanks to iRacing for contributing to their success.  After all, both Pew and Negri are pretty dedicated iRacers who, despite a wealth of “real” racing experience, turn to iRacing to keep themselves sharp between races and to prepare for upcoming events. Negri (aka Ozz to teammates, friends and his [...]

Bonito’s Hat Trick

by Paul Slavonik on September 18th, 2014

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The iRacing.com GT3 Challenge completed an exciting Week 7 of Season 3 with a visit to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. From all over the world, almost 1,200 different sim-racers manned the controls to their car of choice and took to the track. Although the competition was tough, one driver has consistently faced the challenges from week-to-week and come out on top. That driver is none other than Enzo Bonito of Team Redline. Racing his McLaren MP4, Bonito raced in a Strength of Field (SoF) event of 4773, started on pole position, led every lap of the 23 lap online race and also set the fastest lap time with a 1:20.091. Earning 304 points towards his championship hopes, Bonito has been steadily moving towards the top of the Season 3 [...]

From One Shootout to Another

by Brooks Westfall on September 18th, 2014

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When driving a sports car AND getting air at the same time, who couldn't smile?

The battle for the Mazda Shootout in the iRacing Mazda Cup has become a duel of three U.S sim racers from coast to coast. Steven Diem, Glenn McGee and Richard Eklund all are separated by 69 points. To refresh your memory .  .  . the overall champion at the end of the 2014 Season 3 wins a spot in the annual Mazda Shootout and will have the experience of a lifetime at the very least in a contest that rewards one lucky — and skillful – driver with a factory-supported ride in the 2015 SCCA Pro Racing Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires. Over the past two weeks, the three contenders have combined for nine wins and over 15 top fives; not to mention the precious points acquired before [...]

Championship Battles Tighten at GTC Mid-Season Race

by Jeff Jacobs on September 18th, 2014

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Mustang sim-racer Felipe Persona turned in a great week at Okayama with the second-fastest qualifying lap and eight wins out of the ten races he entered.

Mustang and Solstice sim-racers finished Week 7 of the iRacing.com Grand Touring Cup locked in an ever-tightening battle for the top championship points positions in their respective classes. Making its debut appearance in the series this season, the Mustang is providing a podium points battle for the ages. Kevin Ford capitalized on a key win over a strong field on Friday night to claim the highest points for the week and pulled within 24-points of series leader Vladimir Ozeretskovskiy. Only 91 points further behind is Team Revolution Race Group driver Mike Wille, followed by Liam Hackwith. Even closer is the battle at the top of the Solstice standings, where Andrey Loginov and Andreas Katz have been taking turns in the points leader position all season. This week it is Loginov [...]

Autridge Rules the Night at Motegi

by Paul Slavonik on September 17th, 2014

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It’s been an exciting week in the world of V8 Supercars, both real and sim. From the announcement that two-time V8 Supercars champion, Marcos Ambrose, will be returning to the real series to plans to run the first-ever full-length online Bathurst 1000 for the OSR Race of Champions, things are indeed heating up. With several new faces appearing in the series for the first time, many have accepted the challenge of taming the V8 Supercar. As we inch closer to the end of what has so far been an exciting Season 3, the iRacing.com V8 Supercars Series completed the only night race on the schedule in Week 7 at Twin Ring Motegi. A classic sprint race, pit stops were not an issue; however survival was. Being a night race at [...]

Conti Supreme at Chicagoland

by Tom O'Leary on September 17th, 2014

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Michael Conti

The sole remaining NASCAR iRacing Series continued to work its way through the tricky path of a full season, with Week 27 being run at Chicagoland Speedway. Now that the Open Series has ended, the NASCAR iRacing Series’ full attention is devoted to the Fixed Series. Located in Joliet, Illinois – Chicagoland should host some close, intense sim racing with its 18 degree banked turns, and it’s one of the only tracks on the calendar that isn’t straight at a single point along its 1.5 mile ribbon of tarmac! Ryan Michael Luza set the fastest qualifying time of the week – a 29.023 being just .027 faster than Matt Bussa in P2. Race One of the week saw Michael Conti take the win in quite dominant fashion. With a 16 [...]

Krönke Doubles-Up at Surprising Suzuka

by Wil Vincent on September 17th, 2014

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Oh the humanity!

Nothing is ever certain in the iRacing.com World Championship Grand Prix Series. The 14th round of the sim racing championship demonstrated that point perfectly, and emphasised why drivers need to be at their very best every race. Whilst Fanatec Team Redline’s Greger Huttu came to Suzuka as odds-on favourite to win the title, his worst ever series qualifying result translated into him being involved in the largest first lap incident in over three years, leaving him unable to seal the deal. Meanwhile, Foracer Coanda Simsport’s Martin Krönke translated his first ever series win at Interlagos a fortnight ago into two in a row, vaulting him back in the championship hunt, after what was the craziest World Championship race in a long time. Qualifying was a moderately muted affair, with Krönke [...]

Tight Grid, Runaway Race

by Justin Sutton on September 17th, 2014

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Baber 2K at Barber

Two dozen sim racers lined up on the grid at Barber Motorsports Park for the sixth round of the Skip Barber 2K Cup with 25 laps between them and the halfway point of the Skip Barber 2K Cup’s inaugural season.  Sebastian Job took the win and the championship points lead last time out in Okayama, but he could only manage third in qualifying at Barber behind Vinicius Rocha in first and Philippe Leybaert in second.  Graham Carroll took fourth ahead of Bart de Laat in a session where the top nine were separated by seven tenths of a second. The opening lap of sim racing was surprisingly tame by the league’s standards with no movement in the top ten, aside from Marco Derix in tenth who was overtaken by Clive [...]

Holzhausen and Kelley Put on a Show

by Joe Schaffer on September 16th, 2014

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There was excitement and carnage aplenty as the Super Late Models visited Martinsville.

Week 7 of the 2014 iRacing.com Super Late Model Series brought drivers into the hills of Ridgeway,Virginia for a date with “The Paperclip” –aka Martinsville Speedway.  The tight racing groove and 12 degree banking led to some exciting sim racing and considerable carnage as many drivers struggled to link the rear tires and 500+ horsepower to the racing surface.  The always popular half mile bullring brought out everyone from first timers to familiar names like Scott Howell, Ty Spearman, and Derek Holzhausen. The very first race of the week on Monday saw quite a bit of action and some hot tempers.  Starting from the pole, Holzhausen got comfortable with the top spot almost immediately.  Despite early challenges from Scott Schrader and Cody Kelley, Holzhausen checked-out on the competition and led [...]

NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Wrap-up: Richmond

by Dylan Kapisky on September 16th, 2014

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NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze logo

Last Tuesday, the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series took to the track at Richmond International Raceway.  A race that saw the first full course caution in nearly three full races, also saw Nick Ottinger cruise to his first victory since Auto Club Speedway in March.  He may have won by only 1.720s, but he totally dominated the race, leading 153 of 200 laps. “I felt very confident we had a great car all across the board. I can’t say I expected it to be that dominant, however,” Ottinger said Wednesday in a quick Q&A. Championship leader Michael Conti saw his points lead shrink significantly, as two-time series champion Ray Alfalla (third place finish) gained eight points. Race winner Ottinger made up 14 points in the championship, but still sits 21 points [...]

Gress Holds on to Win at Irwindale

by Stan Bragg Jr. on September 16th, 2014

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The iRacing.com Late Model Series headed west — way west — as they ventured to California’s Irwindale Speedway. This half mile progressive banked speedway proved to be a challenge as the surface was slick, but that did not deter the sim-racers as they raced hard for the 50 laps, some drivers completely sideways coming out of the corners. Some competitors opted for dirt track “slide jobs” to pull off passes while others drove it in deep on the high side and used momentum to get around. In this week’s feature race ten sim-racers would be bidding for the win, with James Babb starting on the pole with James Spivey to his outside. At the green flag Babb caught Spivey napping, allowing the inside row a distinct advantage going into Turn [...]